Video: Tesla Model S P85D vs Lamborghini Aventador Street Drag Race

The Tesla P85D drag race show on YouTube is starting, and one matchup is between a 691 horsepower Lamborghini Aventador versus the 691 horsepower P85D.

Of course the Lamborghini weighs less, costs more, is a genuine supercar, and the P85D is an all-wheel-drive Model S that does very well indeed.

The owner of the Aventador, Allen Wong, staged the street race and posted it to his YouTube channel along with a detailed review:

First impression: That 0-50 acceleration from the Tesla is insane. I had a feeling that it was faster than the Aventador from 0-50, because I never felt that kind of pressure on my chest before from accelerating. With the Tesla, it felt like a 50-lb person was laying flat on your face and chest and stays that way for a few seconds. The way the Aventador feels is like being a boat on strong waves and you keep rocking back and forth between the gear shifts. And at each gear shift, you feel like you’re being tugged very heavily or kicked in the back from behind (depending on how you want to view it). The Tesla felt more like you’re being dropped from the second floor but you’re falling horizontally and not vertically. They’re two completely different feelings of acceleration. What’s amazing is that the Tesla kept up with the Aventador all the way up to around 80 mph, which is probably the highest you’d want to go anyway if you wanted to keep your driving legal.


The race setup: To keep it a fair fight, I did not engage Thrust Mode on the Lamborghini Aventador, which is where you drop the clutch in at 4,500 RPM from neutral. My new Tesla only had 44 miles on the dash when this race started, so it might not have been broken in yet (though I don’t think it needed to be). You might have also noticed that Tesla was in the standard suspension setting and not the lowered one. For some reason, the suspension kept returning to “standard” from “low” after a certain mph (will look into this later). Still, this became a very close race, and I was surprised to see the Tesla accelerating faster than the Aventador, a modern-day, top-of-the-line Italian supercar.

Analysis: Off the line, it does appear that the Tesla can accelerate faster than the Aventador from 0-50 mph (1st gear on the Aventador). And then from 50-80 mph (2nd gear on the Aventador), the two cars appeared to be traveling at the same speed. But after the gear change at 80 mph to 3rd gear, it was very obvious that the Aventador was accelerating faster than the Tesla, and the Tesla couldn’t keep up anymore.

Wong said the P85D is the first one delivered to Orlando, and is a Christmas present for his mother. She apparently does not watch his YouTube channel so did not see her gift being street raced online prior to December 25.

“Of course, I couldn’t resist making this race happen as soon as I got behind the wheel to bring it home,” said Wong on his channel. “I’ll post a walk-through/review video of it on my YouTube later along with a Tesla P85D vs Ferrari 458 Italia race video as well.”

And … as an extra added bonus, here is that matchup

The Tesla has a more powerful engine, but is much heavier than the Ferrari. During these runs, there were two people in the Tesla and one person in the Ferrari. In the third run, the Ferrari was given a slight lead to try to even things out. The 1/4 mile marker ends at the back of the overpass. The Ferrari was driven in Race mode. The Tesla was set to Insane mode.

Special thanks to Lord Zilla, lead singer for ATTILA, for using his Ferrari in this video.