Think about this for a second: A two-and-a-half ton EV with optional seating for seven is one of the most powerful cars in the world. Forget about Tesla’s up-and-down year, or the fact that the Model S is beginning to show its age. In 2016, not only is the once-disruptive Tesla flagship an established player in the luxury market, it’s one of the quickest cars in the world.
And it’s only getting quicker.
Tesla Model S P100D
Tesla’s rise to the top of the performance world began when a video showing a P85D humiliating a 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat at a drag strip went viral. In the nearly two years since, it’s only gotten more powerful — or “ludicrous” in company parlance. The P100D now has 760 horsepower at its disposal, 69 horses more than the P85D. Top speed is still limited for 155 miles per hour, but it can now make the zero to 60 sprint in a mind-bending 2.5 seconds.
Range is also up to 315 miles on a charge, and it comes standard with the controversial Autopilot system too, but that zero to 60 time puts in a league with some cars you might not expect.
1. 1992-1998 McLaren F1
Nearly 25 years have passed since McLaren unleashed the million-dollar F1, a street-legal race car with a top speed of over 200 miles per hour that instantly became the standard for super cars ever since. Why did it make our list? Because Elon Musk owned one and called it the inspiration for Tesla’s dual-motor performance cars. And while the P85D could match its 3.2 second zero to 60 sprint, the P100D obliterates it by 0.7 seconds.
2. Bugatti Chiron
Everything about the new Chiron is extreme. Price? $2.6 million. Power? 1,500 horses from a quad-turbocharged W16 engine. Top speed? A claimed 261 miles per hour. Zero to 60? an estimated 2.5 seconds, the same as the P100D. This is a race we’d pay to watch.
3. Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghinis are meant to be seen as well as driven, which is why it would be so satisfying to beat one in a race – especially in a Tesla. The aluminum and carbon-fiber Aventador would prove to be a worthy opponent, with a mid-mounted V12 putting out 740 horsepower to all four wheels. The official 0-60 time? 2.7 seconds. It would make a worthy opponent to the P100D, but the big EV would come out on top.
4. Porsche 911 Turbo S
For over 50 years, the Porsche 911 has been the gold-standard for sports cars the world over. Prized for its combination of handling, engineering and sometimes too-powerful engines, the 911 is still the car to beat when it comes to all-around performance. The 911 Turbo S can make the 0-60 sprint in a mind-boggling 2.8 seconds. The Tesla has it beat by a not insignificant 0.3 seconds.
5. Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
The hybrid LaFerrari was one of the most advanced cars the world has ever seen. Now that the coupe’s production run has ended, it’s focusing on an open-topped version: The Aperta. It has the same V12 aided by an electric motor, the same 949 horsepower, and a $2.1 million pricetag. But the open-topped car is a little slower than the coupe, going from zero to 60 in just under three seconds. The coupe can do it in 2.4, and the P100D will have the topless model beat by at least a few tenths of a second.
6. Dodge Viper ACR
If there’s any car that’s the antithesis of the Tesla, it has to be the Viper. A loud, gas-guzzling speed machine, the Viper is powered by a massive V10 making 645 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. The last Viper may have just rolled off the assembly line, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to go quietly into the night. In track-ready ACR spec, the Viper can make the zero to 60 jump in 3.5 seconds. Tesla’s got it beat by a full second.
7. 2016 BMW M4 GTS
No simple go-fast package, the M4 GTS is a street-legal racer that BMW has turned into a technological showcase. With its carbon fiber diet, built-in rollcage, and 493 horsepower twin-turbo V6, the limited-edition GTS scrambles from zero to 60 comes in 3.7 seconds, making it the fastest production Bimmer ever. That’s a full 1.2 seconds slower than the Tesla.
8. 2016 Cadillac CTS-V
Massive engines are nothing new to Cadillac – but 640 horsepower cars are. With the all-new CTS-V, Cadillac’s engineers borrowed the mighty 6.2 liter LT-1 V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and dropped it in the already-impressive new CTS. The result is a gentleman’s supercar that can go 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, has a top speed of over 200 miles per hour, and gives the standard-bearing BMW M5 a serious run for its money. Still, the Tesla beats it to 60 by a long 1.2 seconds.
9. 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S
Mercedes has taught the next-generation AMG GT S some manners – but thankfully not too many. GT S no longer has the gull-wing doors, but it’s picked up a new 503 horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine, and has a performance pedigree that its sights set squarely on the Porsche 911. In the 3.7 seconds it spends trying to catch the 911 from 0-60, the Tesla will have beaten it to the mark by 1.2 seconds.
10. Audi R8 e-tron
Despite a commitment to EVs, Audi pulled the plug on its million-dollar, Europe-only electric R8 after fewer than 100 had sold. Still, it was the closest thing to the dual motor Teslas around: An all-electric performance car designed to run with the world’s best. The rear-wheel drive coupe could make the zero to 60 sprint in 4.2 seconds, making it no match for the P100D.