Tesla Model X Vs Tesla Model S: Ludicrous Drag-Strip Faceoff (Video)


We've seen plenty of videos of the Tesla Model S showing its taillights to other cars in drag racing--sometimes even embarrassing some expensive supercars.

But how well can the new Model X crossover perform on the drag strip?

The 762-horsepower Model X P90D performance model does have the same powertrain as the Model S P90D after all, including the optional "Ludicrous" mode.

DON'T MISS: Drag-Strip Test Of Top Tesla Model S Cars: P90D Vs P85D Vs P85+ (Video) (Nov 2015)

So see how the Model S and Model X compared, DragTimes decided to pit them against each other in a series of head-to-head races.

And to make things more interesting, the Model S was driven by an experienced drag racer, while the Model X was driven by his wife--who had never raced before.

In addition to the experience gap of the drivers, the Model S had the nominal advantage because of its lower weight and better aerodynamic properties.

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Nonetheless, the racing was fairly close.

The Model X recorded a best quarter-mile time of 11.61 seconds at 116 mph, while DragTimes previously-recorded best for the Model S was 11.24 seconds at 118.5 mph.

The crossover also did 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.1 seconds--which is actually 0.1 second quicker than Tesla's own estimate.

ALSO SEE: Drag-Racing My Tesla P85D: 71-Year-Old Novice Hits The Strip (Video) (May 2015)

Over the multiple races, the Model X continued to turn in times of around 11.6 seconds, while the Model S ran in the 11.3-11.5 second range, according to DragTimes.

Despite the Model X's greater weight and poorer aerodynamic qualities, the website said the two vehicles were close in enough in performance that testers suspected the Model X was actually making more power than its sedan counterpart.

The quarter mile isn't the only area where the Model X may suffer a performance deficit, though.

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Over one 65-mile leg of the trip to the drag strip, it was noted that the crossover used significantly more energy than the sedan.

Dashboard readouts showed the Model X used 28.3 kilowatt-hours of total energy, compared to 22.7 kWh for the Model S.

MORE: Hellcat Driver Who Lost Drag Race To Tesla P85D Ready For Rematch (Feb 2015)

Again, that's to be expected from the heavier Model X P90D. It's 250-mile range is also down 20 miles to that of the Model S P90D.

But that's still more range than most other electric cars, and the Model X's drag-strip performance proves it can still outrun many traditional performance cars.

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