Does Tesla Underrate the Acceleration of the Model S? (w/videos)

JUL 1 2013 BY MARK KANE 13

Digital Display of Acceleration of Different Versions of Model S

Digital Display of Acceleration of Different Versions of Model S

On several occasions now, DragTimes has pushed the Model S to the limit on the track.

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First, they discovered that the P85 version of the Model S is able to do 0-60 MPH in just 3.9 seconds (instead of the 4.4 seconds that you see listed in Tesla’s specifications).  DragTimes’ 1/4 mile result with a fully charged battery was 12.371 @ 110.84 MPH.

Now, DragTimes tested 60-kWh version and what was the result? Again, Tesla seems to be underrating its true performance:

“The Model S 60 was amazing consistent running 3 consecutive 0-60 MPH runs in just 5.1 seconds with 0-100 MPH coming in at 12.8 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 13.7 @ 102.8 MPH. This is significantly  quicker and faster than what Tesla quotes and actually beats Tesla’s numbers for the Tesla Model S 85 Non-Performance. View our world record run for the Model S Performance.”

5.1 seconds is significantly quicker than the 5.9 seconds claimed by Tesla.

Below, you’ll find interesting videos of the Model S 60 and Model S 60 vs the 85 Performance with a display of their digital dashes side-by-side.

Source: DragTimes

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13 Comments on "Does Tesla Underrate the Acceleration of the Model S? (w/videos)"

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David Murray

I am pretty sure Nissan underrates the Leaf. Pretty much everyone who has tried has gotten faster time than Nissan advertises. I suspect the Volt is also underrated.

Alaa Sadek

It stands to reason; the 60kw is lighter!

Alaa Sadek

If they use the Performance’s inverter and motor the 60 kw will be lighter than the 85 kw thus faster and quicker. Simple Physics.


The thing is about battery EVs, a general rule of thumb is that more cells equals more voltage equals you can use a higher kW motor. So I always assumed that the bigger S85 pack was integral not only to better range but better performance. Now I learn that my rule of thumb is only good only up to a point.


Seen a Brown Tesla S around town, and it looks more like Bronze to me. I like it.

The color I’ve seen that I don’t like– is that flat looking Grey. 😛



George Strong

Tesla doesn’t require the slightest of driving competence to squeeze out competitive 0-60 times.

This is unlike a manual Porsche, BMW or Ferrari. Control Launch, clutch drops . . . hard on the car and difficult to execute.

Tesla has also provided performance updates over the Internet. Maybe they’ll have an announcement soon.


Except for price, Tesla has consistently under-promised and over-delivered. I wouldn’t be surprised if Musk tweeted that he already had a Model S on the moon.

Bryan Whitton

Now that is something I hadn’t thought of. We can use theTesla on Mars or the moon or anywhere. That explains why he is building rockets as well. Expanding the market. 🙂


On the Telsa displays, it appears the power dials have a range up to 240kW usable and 60kW on the regen. On my Volt, if I slam the brakes, I can regen 69kW easily. Is there a reason the Tesla is less or is there more room on that dial? It seems like the much larger battery pack (85kWh vs 16.5kWh) should be able to handle a much larger regen.


What do you use to see the 69kW. I assume that when I slam on the brake it is using the actually brake pads. If 69kW is with the brakes, what is it like with it in Low?


I have a 60, and though I haven’t done any official field testing, my results have shown closer to 5.5secs. But maybe on a better road where I’m not worried about cops and some random car, etc. I could do better. But I’m still very pleased that it’s even better than the official time. How often does that happen?


I would love to see the Tesla S getting the Pikes Peak record for sedan production car!


“Land Rover says it has set a new record at Pikes Peak for the quickest hill climb in a production sport-utility vehicle.”

“Its 2014 Range Rover Sport ran the 12.42-mile course in 12 minutes and 35.61 seconds, with an average speed of 59.17 miles per hour.”

” In fact, this also sets the new record for the *** quickest *** run in *** any production-standard vehicle ***, according to Land Rover.”