This quarter mile drag race between a Tesla Model X P100D and a Ferrari 812 Superfast is a lot closer than you’d expect it to be.
We’ve seen a few odd matchups here at HotCars, but this one might just take the cake. Not only do we have the strangeness of pitting an electric car against a conventional gas-burning engine, but we also have a super heavy SUV pitted against a light Italian sports car.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is more designed as an ultra-powerful grand touring car, but it’s still plenty capable of straight-line performance. Under the hood is a 6.5-L naturally aspirated V12 engine that puts down 790 hp and 530 lb-ft of torque. That’s an insane amount of power from something without any forced induction.
Zero to sixty is typically under 3 seconds, with a top speed of 211 mph. Helping it get there is a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission routing power to the rear wheels, and a total weight just shy of 3,600 lbs.
You don’t typically think of the Tesla Model X as a drag racer, but this is the P100D model. That means it has 588 hp from its twin electric motors and an appropriately ludicrous 920 lb-ft. The truly important factor is the Model X’s AWD powertrain, which should give it an extremely quick start off the line.
However, it does weigh 5,700 lbs, which limits top speed quite a bit.
This shootout will be a contest between the fast-starting Model X against the ultimate speed of the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Can the Ferrari catch up to overtake the Model X before hitting the finish line?
As it turns out, actually yes.
The Model X is, as expected, extremely quick off the line, and achieves a zero to sixty time of just 3.11 seconds. But the Ferrari is eventually able to catch up past the halfway point and overtakes the Model X just before the finish line.
Our Model X finished in 11.34 seconds at 117.4 mph, while the Ferrari finished in 10.85 at 133.7 mph. The only problem now is, that Model X will need to wait to recharge before it can be driven home.