5 Very Fast Cars Tesla’s 5,400-Pound Model X SUV Beats From 0 To 60

Tesla’s Model X P100D is just like other family haulers: It’s ideal for taking the kids to practice, running to the store – and it sprints from 0 to 60 faster than you can read this.

What? Most minivans, SUVs, and crossovers you know of don’t pin you to the seat back along with the smartphone you dropped in your g-force-induced astonishment? And, you say, all the five to seven-passenger utilitarian-oriented vehicles you’re familiar with are not battery electric? OK. Point taken.

Although there are some fast crossovers and SUVs out there from Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, and BMW, Tesla’s quickest all-wheel-drive X with 603 horsepower and 713 pounds-feet of torque is in a class of one.

According to Tesla – using Motor Trend’s testing method which shaves a fraction of a second – the Model X can nearly induce a nosebleed with a superbike-quick 2.9-second time.

Billed as “the world’s fastest accelerating production SUV, and the safest ever,” the Model X P100D starts at $145,000 and features Ludicrous speed, Tesla’s best interior, and premium upgrades with 289 miles EPA-rated range. Speed from 45-65: 1.4 seconds. Top speed 155 mph. A base Model X 75D starts at starts at $85,500.

Its raw effectiveness was recently shown in a straight-up drag race in which the $145,000 Tesla actually smoked a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador for an entire quarter mile.

To be fair, the Lambo was catching up, and on that day it did not turn the quickest time recorded for the supercar – in the 10-second range and ahead of the Tesla’s 11.41 @ 117.95 mph accomplished with a potentially performance-reducing 78-percent state of charge.

For street legal driving, however, the 5,377-pound Model X P100D is a vehicle to be reckoned with, and all the more impressive in that it weighs what some full-size pickups do.

That said, using Motor Trend’s own data from its 2015 top-25 quickest list, here are some other testicular machines the family car from Tesla outruns to 60 (and in many cases a quarter mile drag).

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: 4.1 seconds

With acceleration that would permit bragging rights at other times, the naturally aspirated 5.8-liter-equipped Aston saunters to 60 a whole 1.2 seconds slower than the Model X P100D.

Its 565 horses and 457 pounds-feet of torque filtered through a rear-mid-mounted seven-speed automated manual transmission are impressive, but no match for the instant-on torque from 0 rpm of the electric people mover.

The British car worthy of James Bond starts at $184,995 – a bit over the $145,000 Tesla, and is a fetching piece of kit, to be sure.

But noteworthy for the Tesla is the Aston’s curb weight of 3,560 pounds is a massive 1,817 pounds less yet it does not really come close.

BMW i8: 3.8 seconds

The nearest thing in this list to an electric car is the plug-in hybrid from BMW.

Its turbo 1.5-liter inline-three cylinder engine paired with two electric motors coupled with acoustic engine noise piped in via the sound system are more conspired to simulate an ICE experience, but in any case, it’s slower.

The total drivetrain system is rated 357 horsepower and 420 pounds feet with a fully charged battery. The i8’s curb weight of 3,455 is 1,922 pounds lighter than that of the Model X. As with the Aston, it is undoubtedly well rounded and entertaining, and we understand this is a case of different strokes for different folks.

If your thing is an absurdly fast crossover SUV, however, the Tesla is hard to beat.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe R: 3.6 seconds

A pure sports car, the RWD F-Type Coupe R is mighty potent with 550 horses and 502 pounds-feet from its 5.0-liter supercharged eight pureed through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The British car that starts at around $107,000 weighs 3,814 pounds, once again coming in far less than the big EV.

No doubt on a closed course the Jag would show the Model X the fast way around, but the two seater is not so good at carrying up to seven people.

Porsche 911 GT3: 3.1 seconds

Another track star, the $144,000 and up GT3 version of the 911 is knocking on the Tesla’s back falcon wing door at 3.1 seconds, but behind it, it is.

Power for the RWD asphalt athlete is served via a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat six pumping a healthy 475 horsepower and 324 pounds feet of torque.

A seven-speed dual clutch auto puts the power to the ground. Curb weight for the balanced performer is a mere 3,153 pounds, 2,224 pounds lighter explaining how it can come so close even with half the torque.

McLaren 650S Spyder: 3.0 seconds

Coming even closer is another track-focused supercar from McLaren.

Power is supplied by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 641 horsepower and 500 pounds-feet of torque.

Another car absolutely useless as a multi-people mover, the $265,500 and up McLaren is otherwise a nice alternative for buyers on a budget who missed out on getting the plug-in hybrid P1.

For the outlay, buyers do get a sleek design, carbon fiber passenger tub and aluminum front and rear subframes, terrific brakes and more for enviable lap times, impressing friends on road corners, and otherwise looking cool.

The Model X does alright though as an anomaly in its class that’s in process of making other automakers rethink what an “SUV” (or crossover) should be.


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