Tesla Model S electric sedan drags against BMW M5 sports sedan, winner?


This is an interesting drag race between the Tesla Model S electric sedan and the BMW M5 ultimate machine, and someone is going to get their feelings hurt really bad in this showdown. While we know that latest BMW M5 with a conventional engine is pretty fast for sports sedan, but how does it match up against an all-electric sedan that is known to have the fastest acceleration time in its category. Can the BMW ultimate machine out blitz the Tesla electric motor? We’ll find out.

On one side we have the new BMW M5 sports sedan guzzling out 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque from its 4.4-liter V8 engine. It can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds with its 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. And on the other side is the new comer to the sedan market, the Tesla Model S all-electric sedan. It is equipped with an electric motor that generates about 416 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, but it 0-60 mph time is a bit lesser than the BMW M5, at 4.4 seconds. On paper the BMW M5 seems faster, but how is that compared to real world testing against an electric car with a zero lag launch.

Somebody is definitely going to get their feelings hurt here for sure, and here is a hint, don’t let the mildly manner Tesla Model S fools you. Check out the drag race video done by Automobile Magazine below. [10/10/2012]

Update: 1/28/2013

DragTimes.com took the five-door Tesla Model S sedan to Palm Beach International Raceway for a few sprints down the quarter mile, and the EV managed to run a best time of 12.371 seconds at 110.84 miles per hour with a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, which is faster than the¬†Dodge Viper SRT10. At these numbers, the Tesla Model S takes the crown as the world’s quickest production EV according to the National Electric Drag Racing Association. Check out the video below.