Video: Tesla Model S Performance Smokes 518 Horsepower Mercedes-Benz E63 Twin Turbo


Two days ago, DragTimes uploaded a video to YouTube.  First, let us say that road racing is illegal (note the blurred-out faces and license plates) and highly dangerous.  Since we’re being brutally honest here, this type of on-road racing is, quite frankly, downright stupid.

But Tesla Motors promoted the video via its Facebook page and it’s a clip worth watching.

The DragTimes video shows a 2012 Tesla Model S Performance (416 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque from 0 to 5,100 rpm) clobber (0 to 110 miles per hour) a 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 5.5-liter V8 with twin turbos (518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm).

We hope the spec-heavy details show why the Model S easily outgunned the Mercedes-Benz, but oddly both manufacturers list a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds.  Hmm.  And please, don’t attempt this out on the open road.

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10 Comments on "Video: Tesla Model S Performance Smokes 518 Horsepower Mercedes-Benz E63 Twin Turbo"

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Maybe the Mercedes was using 87 octane fuel and the Model S was using dilithium crystal electrons. 🙂


But, it appears the mercedes was catching up at the end, unless the Tesla driver was letting off. Still, good for Tesla.

I’m sure the Mercedes has a much higher top speed than the Tesla. So the Mercedes wins 100 to 160 MPH, but the Tesla wins the 0 to 60 MPH race that more people care about.

No they don’t lol. Cars now have way too much power. It’s more 1/4 mile times and 0-100. A stock GTR is still faster to 60 then my 625 HP Z06 (13.1 compression on E85). I have too much power to hook compared to its awd. But my best 1/4 miles time of 10.8 @ 132mph on street tires shows just how much more powerful my car is. 0-60 is street light racing lmao. I hit 60mph in first gear – I don’t even need to shift. Drop the hammer at 60mph or above and you’ll watch many cars walk the Model S.

Now I am a big fan. I work in Palo Alto and I’ve seen a Model S driving around and it’s a beautiful car. But please, lets not over hype it’s quickness. Everyone who knows cars knows it’s fast because of the instant torque. But we also know it doesn’t have the horsepower to be as quick when speeds increase. Remember, horsepower wins races. If it didn’t, your weekly garbage truck would be sporting wheelie bars and hitting the drag strip once a week..

Everything you say is true, but you seem to have missed my point, which was…

IMHO, most people don’t care about acceleration above 80MPH since most people (in the USA at least) never go that fast. Else they face fines, higher insurance premiums, loss of license, jail time, etc.

For example, my Mazda MS3 hatch can go 155, but who cares? I never drive it that fast for the reasons stated. Sure its 0-60 acceleration is good, but it’s a pain to use day to day (constant shifting), and impossible to use without drawing “boy racer” attention to myself. That’s why I would much rather have a silent 260HP EV hatch that could effortlessly outrun my MS3 from 0-60. Preferably AWD, else RWD. Unfortunately nobody makes one yet.

In a nutshell, I want great silent easy-to-use acceleration at near-legal speeds for $40K or less. Like a Spark EV SS that has a second motor for the back wheels! 🙂

Around 18 seconds into the video, just before the camera turns toward the Model S, we can see they are coming up rapidly on some other cars. My guess would be that the Model S driver started to let off.

Do Not! Try this at home 😉 .

The model S should stand for stealth. This car would be impossible to catch up to in a car chase especially on city streets and at night hours couldn’t hear it in black with lights out it would be hard to see. And it’s probably invisible in infrared.

This car should be outlawed. EV’s are supposed to be slow and ugly with less than 70 miles range and look like fish!

” EV’s are supposed to be slow and ugly with less than 70 miles range and look like fish!”

You were writing about the imported Nissan Leaf, right?
I rather have a Tesla Model S than three imports!
Go Tesla! Go America!

The Tesla is speed limited so there’s an definate limit to the race – as proven at the end.

That said, unless you are into Supercars, Tesla still has the panache that the Mercedes does NOT.

Given the same $$ in my bank account, a Model S would be in my drive rather that anything else.

Musk has a winner.