UPDATE VIDEO – Top Gear Pits Tesla Model S 75D Against Jaguar I-Pace

AUG 20 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 74

Tesla faces Jaguar’s new all-electric powered vehicle

***UPDATE – Video added above

This video (sorry, it’s not embeddable here) shows us a battle that is fought between a Tesla Model S 75D and a Jaguar I-Pace – one of the hottest new electric cars on the planet.

The Tesla Model S75D features 362 horsepower and 486lb-ft of torque. While certainly, Top Gear could have used the most powerful Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode, smoked the Jaguar I-Pace and continued with life merrily ever after, this race is not that.

The Jaguar I-Pace comes with 394 horsepower and 513lb-ft of torque. The Model S 75D can sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in 4.2 seconds. The Jaguar I-Pace accomplishes the same run in 4.5 seconds. The Tesla weighs in at 4,769 lbs (2,163 kilograms), while the Jaguar pushes the scale to a similar to Tesla 4,784 lbs (2,170 kilograms).

However, price wise, these vehicles do differ just a tad. The Model S 75D starts at $74,500 (without incentives), while the I-Pace starts at $69,500. Not that big of a difference, but the bean counters will want to take that into account. However, with just a 32 horsepower and 27 lb-ft of torque difference – in Jaguar’s favor – the race (what we all came here for) should be an interesting one.

You can jump to Top Gear’s official website to see these two battle it out in a drag race too.

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74 Comments on "UPDATE VIDEO – Top Gear Pits Tesla Model S 75D Against Jaguar I-Pace"

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Brian

Looks like the Tesla S driver lifted before the finish, hit a speed limiter or the editing of the film made it look so.

philip d

I call BS on this race. A Tesla S75D will reliably do the 1/4 mile in 13 seconds at around 102 mph. The I-Pace has a 1/4 mile time of 13.9 seconds at 102 mph by Car and Driver and a 13.6 seconds at 103 mph by Motorweek. Then beyond the 1/4 mile the Tesla has a limited top speed of 140 mph while the I-Pace has a limited top speed of 124 mph.

We don’t know the distance they were racing here since the video just shows them driving for some amount with no actual times or trap speeds or distance. But to recap. The Tesla Model S75D has a quicker 0-60, a quicker 1/4 mile and a higher top speed.

My guess is that the Tesla had a low charge and the I-Pace was topped off. Then they found some sweet spot distance just after the 1/4 mile but before the Jag’s top speed of 124 mph where the I-Pace could pass the Tesla.

philip d

For those that are downvoting me I am only posting well known factual stats for each car. Instead of downvoting like cowards why not discuss why you disagree with my assessment.

Bill Howland

That’s the name of the game here Philip d – you have to tolerate it if you comment here. I get negative votes for correcting spelling errors of my own making (the people downvoting didn’t realize I was just doing spelling corrections), and then one other Genius said I must HATE tesla so much even though I spent $120,000 cash of my own money on their car. But there are about a dozen dim bulbs here. A few intelligent people do read your thoughtful comments

earl colby pottinger

I see one advantage to Tesla. Watch the Tesla-Racing Channel on Youtube in the future. There are going to be all sort of people with I-Paces who think they can beat Tesla cars making bets that they can win. I see a lot of money changing hands to paid for a new Roadster. 🙂

Bobish

At 1:05 just before the iPace catches up You can see the Tesla has the brake lights on – not just running lights.

Steve

That could simply be the Tesla’s “side lights” on during the daylight. They are flashing in the manner that occurs when LED lights are filmed by today’s CCD cameras. I do not think those are brake lights.

Correlation is NOT Causation.

If you look closely at the video between 38-40 seconds, the parking or running lights are flickering, then the main brake lights come on briefly and do not flicker (easily seen at 0.25 speed). That would happen if the Tesla driver lifted off the throttle some.

Now Top Gear (both old and new) is known for their unbiased comparison of UK car companies to anything else, so let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it was an innocent mistake. Innocent that they didn’t know Tesla brake lights come on when coming off the throttle and would be caught so easily cheating. At least they didn’t push a fully charged EV into the garage, so that’s some progress.

Brian

I think you meant to say Top Gear old and new is biased toward UK car companies.

BayAreaMech

You’re exactly right! I didn’t catch that at first. When two cars are racing with such similar numbers, one isn’t going to suddenly vault past the other. This was incredibly stupid by Top Gear. The iPace is interesting enough on its own that it doesn’t need rigged acceleration tests to make people notice it.

Doggydogworld

The least expensive S is over 80k now? Wow.

David Green

Yes, crazy… Model S is super expensive for what you get, and so many things I-Pace has that are not available on any Tesla… To start with, very comfortable seats… That are heated and cooled.

John

David, the i-Pace has a 90 kWh battery, correct? Doesn’t the 240-mile range seem a bit paltry for such a large battery? Model S 90D range is rated at 294 miles, why do you think there’s such a large range gap between the two? Is it the sleeker body design of the Model S? I would think the range should be higher, maybe Jaguar is being super conservative. I guess with the price point of the Jag being most on par with the 75D, the range is about equal to the Tesla equivalent. Seems a shame though that they can’t squeeze more range out of the i-Pace, but the front end probably eats miles.

David Green

I-Pace only tested and verified range is WLTP of 298, the 240 is estimated, lets wait for the EPA to release real data.

I-Pace is taller, and less aerodynamic then Model S, also heavier, stiffer chassis, and off road / track capable. So range is not as much of a concern… The darn chevy malibu gets better fuel economy then the Equinox too… Can you believe that?

John

That makes sense, I figured body styling. If 240 is estimated, I’ve gotta think it’s likely higher, 90 kWh battery is big! Will be interesting to see if anyone does off-road reviews and how the i-Pace does.

James

That is an interesting point. That the I-Pace is off road capable.

The S is larger inside though. The S has a usable frunk and a hatch area that is capacious compared to the I-Pace which has neither.

How many crossover SUV buyers actually ever take their vehicles off road? Surveys have proven the answer is less than 5%. So if you are going to make payments on a $70,000-$80,000 car and go brush banging, the I-Pace seems tbe clear winner here.

If, however, you’re going to haul people and their cargo, go to the grocery store and/or put stuff inside your car, I’d say the S is the clear winner.

David Green

I-Pace is a luxury crossover, that can run on the track, or off road, has more options available, and easier to park in a tight parking garage… The S is just expensive old tech…

Steve

Easier to park because it’s smaller. Therefore you can’t fit as much stuff into it. That bigger cars can fit more stuff inside them and are harder to park is not news.

Steve

To call it a crossover is a bit of a stretch. It’s a car that has exterior styling shaped like a crossover.

The Kia Soul is a taller car, if you park them next to each other. The Model X is taller still.

You do not get a “high seating position” in the Jaguar, which is what most people want when choosing a crossover or SUV.

John

Those are valid points. I love the room inside the Model S, to be fair I haven’t had the opportunity to check out the i-Pace yet.

David Green

Should check it out when available, I have heard of several S owners trading up…

Unplugged

Hmm. Would I rather have Autopilot or cooled seats? I’ll take the Autopilot, thanks. (Speaking of things not available on any Jaguar.)

eject

Ventilated seats are the dogs bollocks. I would rather have cloth seats than real or fake leather without ventilation.

james

I’ve had both and it REALLY depends on implementation. How they get cool to the seats. I’ve sat in some Ford’s and had an ice butt ™ but other models I couldn’t tell. So… test before you buy.

David Green

I-Pace has mobileye tech, and it actually works pretty well, but not as good as Tesla Autopilot… I give tesla a 7 out of 10, and I-Pace a 6 out of 10 on driver assist, Caddy Supercruise is the best system available today for the highway or in traffic 7.5 out of 10

james

Nope on the Caddy. At least for a couple of years. Caddy system requires detailed mapping and driving by GM. So on SOME highways it is great, but Tesla is generic, you drive the road a few times and Tesla is going to let you autopilot there. Tesla pushes updates to maps and software. I do not know if GM does the same.

David Green

Caddy has all of the divided, limited access freeways in the USA mapped… I think most of Canada too, and the Cadillac is true hands off for however long you have gas…

Steve

Autopilot works on a great deal more types of road than Supercruise.

How many cars have been sold with Supercruise? It’s only in the Cadillac CT6 and only 9,000 have been sold TOTAL since Supercruise became available as an OPTION. Let’s assume 6,000 cars have Supercruise.

Autopilot on the other hand (talking only about AP2) is in somewhere between 150,000-200,000 cars on the road right now. I think that speaks for itself.

MDEV

This guy is amazing now Caddy is the king lol

David Green

Just the supercruise, its a great system… I hope my new 2020 pickup comes with it next year.

Brian

Any company can survey the interstate system and not share the data with other companies. Any company can add Lidar or eye recognition. What Tesla is doing is unique and will have a much bigger return.

David Green

Keep dreaming…. You actually do not realize what Tesla is trying do you? They are planning to network car data to conduct their survey for them, do you think that will paint as good or detailed a picture for the driving computer as hi def LIDAR mapping? GM will use the same mapping to open the roads to the full self driving cruise automation cars eventually. I guess though most of you Tesla boys believe in the voo doo of Elon Musk, and know nothing about real computer vision technology, and the limitations.

Brian

I do understand it’s you that is exaggerating Cadillacs advantage when all they did was buy a survey and add eye sensing tech then limit it’s use to the simplest of driveways. Tesla is mapping private roads, carpools, parking lots, country clubs and shopping mall and developing a fast enough chip to process all the information needed for driverless vehicles. How is Cadillac keeping pace with their efforts?

Steve

Hmmm, have you looked at Jaguar’s luxurious accommodations afforded to the person sitting in the middle rear seat? You have a console jutting into your knees, and a big tunnel for your feet to sit on. The Tesla has a flat rear floor and more room altogether… it’s just a bigger car.

I don’t disagree that the Jaguar probably has some more luxurious interior appointments than Tesla, however… though that is hardly why you choose an electric car

David Green

Its not even close, the backseat in a Tesla model S sucks… Uncomfortable, and the seat is too lot to the floor, so your knees are high, which is an unnatural seating position…

Bogdan

Even the cheapest car has heated seats.
Cooled seats … now that’s a ground braking, breath taking, game changing invention!

eject

I thought the base level IPace does only have 300hp not 400hp. Anyways, even if the $70000 base model on has 300hp it would still be better value than the Model S if you don’t need the extra cargo space.

eject

Actually the base iPace has 400hp.
The WLTP test features a IPace with a 300 badge as well but that isn’t offered.

David Green

The base I-Pace will be faster then the First Edition model, as all the optional equipment on the FE model add mass… They all get the same power…

eject

And you get the down votes for nothing. Two different iPace have been registered. The iPace 400 and the iPace 300. But it seems like Jaguar just got that one registered but mentions it nowhere. Maybe that was sort of a backup plan in case they had to lower the price. The iPace R on the other hand has been mentioned but not been registered. For now you can only order the iPace 400 as either the first edition or the standard version.

MiguelS NL

To Insideevs: please noten that the Model S 75D can be considered full option in standard trim for 75k, with all the tech like hifi, air suspension , future proof (8 camera’s) etc. You only have to pay for autopilot activattion, even bigger rims, vegan leather, metallic Color.
How much would the Ipace cost compared to the substantially bigger Model S with 890 liters of lougage space.

Stil great accelaration from the iPace. Hope to see more comparison tests soon. Hope TopGear compares range too.

ZOE driver in EU

Next Test: iPace vs. Model 3 Dual Motor and Model 3 Performance.
How many iPaces do they build in 2019 ? 20.000 worldwide ?

ffbj

Well, that was their initial projection, but it’s fallen since then. If they make 15k this year I will be surprised, and you probably won’t be able to get one for years, at this rate.
As far as price that is the manufacturer’s suggested retail, a car in demand will go for more.

jelloslug

Zero right now. They have not gotten out of their own “production hell” yet.

David Green

There is no production hell at Magna Steyr… No overtime, no 24 hour shifts, no CEO on the couch…

Marc

The iPace looks really ugly .. Would not buy one on looks alone ..

David Green

You are pretty lonely in that opinion, I-Pace looks pretty good most people think, and in person looks better then pictures.

Hugh

Might want to check your conversion on the ipace weight. Should be 2170 kg

Fixed. Thank you.

Michael

People like comparing I-PACE with Model X, because they’re both SUVs, but Model S is actually the closest competition in terms of interior size and price.

Model X interior is way larger than I-PACE. I sat in the I-PACE the other day and the back felt much like Model S.

Cypress

Both are crossovers, not SUVs. But the iPace would kill the Model X in an off-road battle. Or Rallycross race.

David Green

Very True, I-Pace has some serious off road ability… Its no Landcruiser, or G wagon, but it is pretty tough for a crossover.

P Roppo

Curious about that claim. what exactly do you believe makes it so superior? Ground clearance? Superior AWD and traction control? What leads to this belief?

David Green

All of the above, and it is warranted to drive through 20″ of water…

Mint

The iPace is hardly a crossover. It’s less than an inch taller than a Leaf and actually has less ground clearance. The eTrophy version shows how it’s an AWD car dressed like a CUV, like a Subaru Outback (maybe smaller).

The X is between a mid-sized SUV and a small minivan. It’s just silly to put it in the same category as the iPace.

The X is 5 inches taller and 14 inches longer.

David Green

Yeah, and X was designed for ICE… look at that long hood…

David Green

That is an accurate statement… I-pace is not a large as X… Thanks goodness for those of us that have to park in the tight parking garages often at the mall, etc

tim

Shouldn’t the I-Pace be compared to other new EV’s like the Model 3? The current model S is kind of ancient as far as EV’s go.

dan

Unfortunately for the model 3, sedans are even more ancient from a style perspective. So, the model 3 is not even in consideration for most people. It’s just the reality of 2018. Dogs have pretty much taken over the car buying decisions of the average American household. No hatch equals No way.

philip d

Depends on what you are looking for in a design. The I-Pace has a fake grill which is ancient to me and pretty dumb. As far as CUVs go I like the I-Pace look but the faux grill is weird.

Benjamin

It’s a functional grill. It redirects air for lower Cd as well as active vanes for cooling the batteries.

Viking79

There is plenty of market for premium sedans.

CDAVIS

Will be interesting to see how the i-pace ranks on the INSIDEEVs Sales Scorecard a year from now… I just now looked and don’t see any sales yet.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

IMHO, I like the i-Pace better.

James

It is nice to have choice. I’ll grant you that.

Could you have an I-Pace at all? Built by an Indian company in Austria, there’s a waiting list for the 20,000 units they’ll make.

So truly can you have one? Maybe not. The Tesla S seems much more available to actually own.

P Roppo

Looks a bit staged from here. The i-pace driver complains several times about a “bad start” but he clearly got the first jump. That sudden boost at the end is suspicious as well. Where did that come from?

Also, the video states much different pricing than those used in this article, “The Model S 75D starts at $74,500 (without incentives), while the I-Pace starts at $69,500.” The video @ 0:19 claims Tesla 67,100 I-Pace 74,445 Pounds.

The weights are also much different. Who’s doing this wrong?

Benjamin

The bad start he is referring to is the way the I-Pace reacts when you mash the pedal to accelerate from stand still. It’s not quite instantaneous. There is a moment of maybe nanosecond delay before it goes. Read the TopGear article when they took the I-Pace to the drag strip.

P Roppo

If all that is true then the Model S driver was sleeping at the wheel. The I-Pace easily left earlier, you can see the driver was juicing the brake.

philip d

I call BS on this race. A Tesla S75D will reliably do the 1/4 mile in 13 seconds at around 102 mph. The I-Pace has a 1/4 mile time of 13.9 seconds at 102 mph by Car and Driver and a 13.6 seconds at 103 mph by Motorweek. Then beyond the 1/4 mile the Tesla has a limited top speed of 140 mph while the I-Pace has a limited top speed of 124 mph.

We don’t know the distance they were racing here since the video just shows them driving for some amount with no actual times or trap speeds or distance. But to recap. The Tesla Model S75D has a quicker 0-60, a quicker 1/4 mile and a higher top speed.

My guess is that the Tesla had a low charge and the I-Pace was topped off. Then they found some sweet spot distance just after the 1/4 mile but before the Jag’s top speed of 124 mph where the I-Pace could pass the Tesla.

Benjamin

Standing quarter mile drag race for I-Pace 12.8 seconds in this drag race with Model X 100D and Model X P100D.
https://youtu.be/tRlq3mSMtYo

Also, Car and Driver did a test? Motorweek did a test? Of the I-Pace? I haven’t read or seen any of these.

Steve

Top Gear are giving themselves a black eye with this video. As is pointed out below, the state-of-charge of the two cars could be different, and they don’t address that. Also, I am not sure if they talk about what distance this race is! Is it even a quarter mile?

philip d

Look at my post above/below? Whether it’s 1/4 mile or top speed the well documented times for a S75D will beat an I-Pace’s well documented times.

John Doe

Why is the I-Pace almost 500kg heavier? Steel chassis and larger battery? That simple?

David Green

500KG, what are you smoking? I-Pace is 94% aluminum chassis and body