Tesla Model S P100DL Performs Motor Trend’s 0-100-0 MPH Test


Though its 0 to 60 MPH time of just 2.28 seconds is impressive in its own right, the truer test of a car is its ability to go from 0 to 100 MPH and then back to zero again.

Motor Trend Results – Image Via Motor Trend

In this test, both acceleration and deceleration come into play and it’s a more accurate representation of real-world driving in that eventually you have to slow the car down too.

Motor Trend recently put the Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous + mode through this rigorous 0-100-0 test and surprisingly it fared extremely well.

As Motor Trend states:

“With the Tesla P100D, we’re looking at the math: addition of the car’s 0–100-mph time and its 100–0-mph stopping seconds, captured during our routine testing.”

“…it also boils the matter down to what’s really the car’s essential performance.”

With a curb weight of nearly 5,000 pounds, you wouldn’t expect the Model S P100DL to perform well in this type of test. Weight is your enemy on both sides (acceleration & deceleration) of the test, but somehow the Model S managed to land in 5th all time (see chart above) for the vehicles tested by Motor Trend. It’s up there with some big names on the performance car front.

With a 10.2-second 0-100-0 run, the Model S P100DL is in supercar territory, proving that it’s not just a one-trick (0 to 60 MPH) pony.

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32 Comments on "Tesla Model S P100DL Performs Motor Trend’s 0-100-0 MPH Test"

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Gas guzzlers suck!

That’s like saying gas suckers guzzle!

And, guzzle gas sucker

Apart from the Autobahn, how many roads on the planet can one legally do 100mph ?

Motor Trend might just as well do the test from 0-22,000 mph then we could have included Thrust SSC or the space shuttle !

It’s a very fast EV, has more than 300 miles range and doesn’t spew out emissions.

(Cue my stalker)

I live in Germany and I can tell you that I would not recommend trying 0-100-0 on the Autobahn. The 0-100mph part might work, but the 100-0mph will definitely cause problems.

Other than that 0-100-0 is a good measurement for performance, since you have acceleration and deceleration over a relatively wide range, so numbers are a bit more stretched out, than with 0-60-0. I’d also say we should focus more on 0-100mph acceleration, for the same reason.

How many people as a % (particularly EV enthusiasts) really care about high performance cars, the vast majority will be more concerned with the environmental impact of gas guzzlers ?

The point was not lost on me BTW.

@Alan said: “How many people as a % (particularly EV enthusiasts) really care about high performance cars, the vast majority will be more concerned with the environmental impact of gas guzzlers ?


Most EV buyer’s (including eco-friendly minded) do care about and prefer an EV that is both high on performance along with eco-friendly. Tesla S just happens to deliver the performance part in ludicrous quantity.

Though there are those few EV buyers that feel a desire for performance/fun is somehow against the eco-friendly mission.

Yea, intentionally doing 0-100-0 on any road is a complete d!ck move.

But if you are cruising along at 100, and jam on the brakes to get to zero as fast as possible because something happened in front of you can definitely come in handy.

With Texas having interstates with 85 MPH speed limits here in the States, 0-100 and 100-0 performance numbers are fairly relevant. More relevant than just measuring 0-60 and ignoring the need to actually stop.

With that said, I really don’t want to see people recording 0-100-0 times on open roads for youtube, so I do agree that is a problem.

Considering the highest speed limit in my city is 45 MPH and freeways are 70 MPH i’d say 0-100 is absolutely f**king worthless LOL

Oh and the Highway Patrol always sits on the long stretch of freeway so have fun doing 100+ and not getting pulled over and having to pay $1,000+ speeding ticket lolololol

With that mentality, why buy any car that can go more than 80 mph? Fact is, many of us don’t follow speed limits. I spent most of my 20’s and early 30’s commuting to work on a sport bike..and there probably wasn’t one day that I didn’t exceed 120 mph at some point, but I digress. 0-100-0 will always stand as a performance car benchmark…as it tests acceleration, stability, and braking. Much better snapshot of how a car performs under “stressful” driving situations than a quick sprint to 60 mph offers.

Alan said:

“Apart from the Autobahn, how many roads on the planet can one legally do 100mph ?”

Thank you, Alan; that’s more or less what I was thinking too.

The article claims “the truer test of a car is its ability to go from 0 to 100 MPH and then back to zero again.”

Now the second part of that assertion certainly makes a good point; that the braking ability is every bit as important as the ability to accelerate.

But how is it relevant to real-world driving to measure the 0-100 time rather than the 0-60 time? Just where (outside of Germany’s Autobahn highways) is it “a more accurate representation of real-world driving”? Maybe if you’re driving a getaway car and you’re anticipating a high-speed chase?

Look, there’s nothing wrong with testing the Model S on a racetrack, or other closed course where the only “speed limit” is how fast the car can go. But trying to describe that as if it has some relevance to real-world driving is just… Ludicrous­™.

Ijmijonjak stu catso Etc:

“Surpisingly it fared extremely well”…….These guys still can’t “Grasp The Fact” That a Tesla “EV” Can do everything BETTER Than Their “ICE” Dinosaur Technology Counter parts.

Everything better than ICE? Nope. Put all these cars on a road course and the Tesla may very well come in last. The weight will kill the brakes, tires, and the heat will build up and put the car into reduced power.

The Model S is incredible, but it’s not the best at “EVERYTHING.” Could a new Roadster do better on a road course than the MS? Sure. Could it beat these cars over the course of a few laps? Probably not.

Claiming things that are clearly false hurts EV credibility rather than helps it.

I’m going to reserve claiming things about the P100D’s track performance, UNTIL someone actually tests one around a track! You know, CREDIBILITY and all!

I guess we’ll get to see soon once the Electric GT racing starts with their race-moded P100Ds.

Can’t wait.

I have a sneaky feeling the P100D will do significantly better in the tracks than earlier models. Yes the made a slight modification to the coolant routing, but they added more cells and went with a “lower capacity 3.45ah” cell which means it will have higher power and less heat. Plus there are more of them which should help.

Clever, but based on the performance of <100kwh Teslas, which is the best info we have, the Model S is far less capable than most of the cars on that list around a racetrack.

Therefore, my claim is based on the best available info. The claim that EVs are better at everything is refuted by the best info we have. Big difference.

Could the P100D all of a sudden be a great track car? Theoretically, maybe. I hope it is. And I hope the Model 3 is even better. I want someone to start making EVs that are built to handle track use, even if they aren't extremely fast in a straight line. But, until someone refutes the information we have so far, the best indication is that the cars above will be much faster around a road course than the Model S.

Fair enough.

Being I am on my phone, I might not find the name or link quickly, but I think the History of Road Course Racing by the ProEV Team will show that correctly built, EV’s can take home the Trophy against ICE Road Course Cars, that are more expensive to build.

See: http://www.proev.com
Thean read the page:
“Can an EV beat an ICE?”
They did it in a number of various race categories!

They also use Dual Motor cars, but ones they built themselves for a racing circuit, not for Highway cruising & comfort.

Starting with, as I remember, from the 25 Ah BC Cyclon Cells (Sealed Lead Acid, High Output, Cylindrical Cells @ 2V Nominal per cell), they progressed to the 70 Ah Kokam (LiPo) Cells, then to the 100 Ah Kokam Cells, and then had their first win!

So, it can be done!

Robert, thanks for the links. I’ll look at that. I’m looking forward to someone making a production EV with great overall driving dynamics and track ability for sure.

Well, to be fair, the Model S is a large luxury sedan with the capability to seat 5+2 passengers, and all the other cars on the list are all sports cars or hyper cars. So there is that….

I’m surprised anybody actually takes the OP’s posts literally. When he used to post at another green car site, everybody ignored him.

Absolutely the fact that the Model S is a big sedan is a disadvantage from a turning/braking/durability standpoint. On the other hand, it’s an advantage for squeezing in 100kwh of batteries. I’m sure a new roadster will be better on track than the Model S, but the magnitude of the improvement is rough speculation, at this point. I hope they can figure it out, though!


Yeah, I was surprised by such a back-handed compliment from Inside EVs.

(scrolls to the top of the article)

Oh, Eric. (facepalm)

Hmmm… the plump porcine pushes parity with powerful petites!

And it uses to least ene

That is a truly amazing statistic…almost 2.5 tons, and can go 0-100-0 in about the same amount of time as a supercar weighing a hair over 1.5 tons!!

I’d say that statistic demonstrates a powerful and safe vehicle (in terms of being able to stop such a bulk in a reasonable amount of time/distance).

Didnt a Tesla do the Pikes peak race last year?

Yes, but it was a Model S90P with ~800 lbs. stripped out… not exactly the “stock” car claimed in InsideEVs’ article on the subject! They also cooled the battery pack with a bed of ice just before the race.

And hey, the race is only about 12 minutes long.


I think 0-75-0 is much more realistic than 0-100-0, and would expect Tesla S P100D in the top 3 all time for that test.

Probably even top 2.

Obviously the next great breakthru is NOT batteries [per se] or range, but WEIGHT REDUCTION.
Imagine a battery pack at half its current mass;
more use of lightweight structural materials; or new lightweight motors?