Tesla Model S P85D Versus Caterham 620R – Drag Race Video


Notice Any Similarities?

Notice Any Similarities?

Recently, Autocar pitted the Tesla Model S P85D against the most unlikely of challengers: Caterham620R.

These two vehicles couldn’t be more different.

As Autocar explains:

The Tesla Model S P85D is the electric car equivalent of a sleeper hotrod.Tesla has bolted in a huge 464bhp motor for the car’s back wheels – on top of the already brisk 218bhp front – to create a combined power output of 682bhp.

It may not look or sound like anything much due to its pure electric drivetrain, but on paper there’s bold claims. 0-60mph is covered in just in 3.2 seconds and there’s a whopping 687lb ft of torque on offer. Whats more, that torque is delivered instantly because of the Tesla’s direct drive single speed motor.

To put the theory into practice Matt Prior has devised a little drag race against the fastest accelerating thing he could think of, to see if our beloved combustion engines performance days are numbered. Watch and find out…

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8 responses to "Tesla Model S P85D Versus Caterham 620R – Drag Race Video"
  1. Bob says:

    I like his conclusion: One of these AND one of those!

    1. Dan Hue says:

      “And forget the rest!”

    2. Doug B says:

      Yes please.

  2. kdawg says:

    Something to keep in mind, is that it takes a professional driver to handle the gassers in these races, where pretty much an average Joe can push the pedal in the Model S.

  3. ffbj says:

    I find some peoples obsession with speed quite annoying, but then I suppose there is nothing that can be done.

    1. Nick says:

      Well, you can always leave comments on web forums about it.

      That’s what I do.


  4. kubel says:

    I prefer videos that have a more practical focus, rather than highlighting only the acceleration. When is Alex on Autos going to review the P85D?

    1. mike w says:

      I’m sure there will be another round of videos when the Tesla P90D is available in numbers.