9 July 2015
Feature

What's faster in a drag race, a Tesla Model S or a Caterham 620R? Seems like a foregone conclusion, doesn't it? Normally yes, but this Model S is the P85D, which has 682bhp 687lb ft of torque on offer. Matt Prior gathers both cars for a very unusual drag race.

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9 July 2015
Is there anybody left that might actually be surprised by this?

When Tesla get round to doing a successor to the Roadster I wonder how much that will move the game on?

9 July 2015
Tesla is truly a one trick pony. Initial acceleration, that is all, and it loses in all other categories against it's main rivals, be it constant high power driving, cornering, range or refueling/charging time. And price. Even in insane mode it loses in acceleration against cars like Audi RS7 or Porsche Panamera turbo (both AWD), while being more expensive than those cars. You can't drive it at high speed more than a few minutes before it cuts power so the batteries won't catch fire ( as a few did earlier). Car & Driver has tested their long term Tesla and has all these data in their article.

Tesla is the only full size luxury EV on the market and THANKS to it's much higher price compared to other smaller EVs, it has a bigger cabin, more batteries so higher performance and longer range. Not exactly rocket science, is it?

9 July 2015
Well in the UK at least the Tesla P85D is cheaper than both the RS7 and the Panamera turbo. Compared with the Porsche, quite a lot cheaper.

Are you suggesting that high speed driving has caused Tesla batteries to catch fire? Do you have any good evidence to share?

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