Tesla Model S Versus Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid – Drag Race Video


Here’s an unlikely match up:

“Drag race between the Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid and the Tesla Model S P85.”

Editor’s Note:  Although the video description labels this a P85 Model S, from the badging one can tell it is a standard 85 kWh car.

You’d think the Model S 85 clearly has the edge in this race, but the plug-in Cayenne is no slouch:

“The Porsche has a quicker start, but at the end the Tesla gets nearer.”

By now, we all know the ability of the Model S, but since the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is relatively new on the scene, here are some details/specs:

“The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The technical progress made here is immense compared to the previous Cayenne S Hybrid. The new model has a lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.8 kWh, which enables pure electric driving. The power of the electric motor was more than doubled, from 47 hp to 95 hp, resulting in an all-electric top speed of 78 mph. Combined with the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 (333 hp), a total system power of 416 hp at 5,500 rpm and a total system torque of 435 lb.-ft. from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm is available. This enables driving performance on the level of a sports car: zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 151 mph.”

Time To Race

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22 responses to "Tesla Model S Versus Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid – Drag Race Video"
  1. Looks like the P85 found a worthy Road Warrior competitor! Good thing this was not the P85D!

    1. Tesla Fan says:

      Looks like the badge says 85 therefore its not a P85

  2. Boris says:

    So was this P85 or not? If if is, it will make See Through’s day

    1. kdawg says:

      I’m guessing no since the P85 will do 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, while the Porsche takes 5.4 seconds.

      Note the standard 85 also takes 5.4

      Something seems odd here.

    2. Tesla Fan says:

      You can clearly see the badge says 85

  3. pjwood says:

    Cayenne SE Hybrid – “5.4, to 62mph”
    P85 – 3.9, to 60mph (tested)
    P85D – Could stop for lunch

    I dunno if either manufacturer would care about this video. At that engine/battery ratio, you may as well put any gas car next to the Tesla.

    1. kdawg says:

      That’s what we typically see, gas cars vs Teslas

  4. Martin says:

    Even the thumbnail shows that this is the 85 ans not the p85.

  5. manbitesfilm says:

    This is not the P85, but the standard 85. You can clearly see a solo 85 emblem at the back of the Model S if you put the video in HD full screen.

    1. kdawg says:

      Also in big letters at the top of the start of the video it says “Tesla Model S 85”.

      (yeah, I didn’t see it till now either)

  6. Martin says:

    This is the second slowest Model S you can get your hands on 🙂

  7. Chris says:

    A Model S85 (not P85) with a half charged battery.

  8. SIvad says:

    The speedometers don’t match whats happening on the screen above or with times. When the Porsche is showing 100 km/h the Tesla is already past that showing 110 km/h. In fact if you pause throughout the first 100 km/h both speedometers keep leapfrogging back and forth but when you look up above it shows the Tesla an entire car length behind.

    Specifically look at the 10 sec. mark in the video. The camera shows the Tesla already one car length behind and loosing ground but the speedometer shows the Tesla is travelling faster.

    Also I timed each one numerous times from when he says go to 100 km/h the Tesla comes in just a hair over 6 sec. and the Porsche comes in at about 6.2 sec. according to the speedometers shown in the video.

    Anyway they both have the same tested 0-100 times and about the same starting price so they are more evenly matched than this video shows.

    Now, if you add the dual motor option for $5,000 for the Tesla 85 it will still come in close in price to the Porsche after the Federal tax rebate and shave off a few hundredths of a second which would put it ahead of the Porsche. Oh, and it still won’t use any gas.

    1. taser54 says:

      The Porsche accelerates quicker earlier in the match, which the Tesla accelerates faster later in the match. It’s easily possible that the Tesla is at a higher speed, yet trails the Porsche, based on the distance deficit accrued earlier.

      1. SIvad says:

        But if you start and stop the video even from when they start the Tesla is showing a higher speed on the speedometer. I can’t find any point in the race where the Porsche is showing a faster speed on the speedometer for more than an instant before the Tesla leapfrogs. Even during the first seconds of the race.

    2. kdawg says:

      “and shave off a few hundredths of a second”
      More than a few hundredths.

      Model S – 5.4 sec
      Model S P85 – 4.2
      Model S P85D – 3.2

      Each upgrade gains another whole second.

      1. SIvad says:

        This is a regular S85. The S85 is now offered with a dual motor as well. On the Tesla site the single motor S85 is listed at 0-60 5.4 sec. while the dual motor S85 is listed at 0-60 in 5.2 sec.

  9. Doug says:

    Show that Porsche the D!

    1. Tesla Fan says:

      stick it in its tailpipe!

  10. JRMW says:

    Sure it wasn’t an 85D.

    But the Porsche is an SUV! (Or CUV)

    Pretty impressive for a SUV/CUV

    I look forward to seeing th Model X

  11. Harold says:

    Very brave of them to race at 200kph+ on a potato road barely wide enough for 2 cars.
    Another webpage taking up useless space.