Who's the Fastest of Them All? BMW M5 vs. Tesla Model S (Video)

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If You Still Doubted It, the Tesla Model S is Quick...

Not that it matters a lot or anything. I mean, even if the Model S was slower than a BMW M5, it would still be a great electric car for all kinds of other reasons. But it's always nice to see EVs beat gas-powered rockets if only because it brings attention to the technology and helps further change the image of the electric car from golf cart to "I think I'd like one of those", even for people who will never drive fast.

So the nice folks at Automobile Mag drag-raced a M5 against a Model S, and here's what happened:

Here are the specs:

The 2013 Tesla Model S Performance uses a rear-mounted electric motor rated for 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That’s less grunt than the BMW, but the key is that the motor produces all of its torque instantly, whereas the M5′s torque band peaks at 1500 rpm. The Tesla’s electric motor is backed up by an 85-kWh lithium-ion battery that the company claims will allow for a driving range of about 300 miles per charge.

When it comes to price and weight, there’s little difference between the two. The BMW M5 seen here wears an as-tested sticker of $106,695 (after destination) and weighs 4387 lbs, while the Tesla Model S Performance costs $102,270 and tips the scales at 4640 lbs. (source)

Via Automobile Magazine

See also: Tesla Unveils its Supercharger Network: "Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight."

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