Is a Tesla Model 3 capable of keeping up with a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat?
The Model 3 just recently received an update from Tesla High Command that provided it with a reported 5% boost to its overall performance. It also gave it a bunch of other features such as faster charging and “dog mode” so that your A/C will keep your pooch from poaching on a hot day, but that’s less interesting than gaining 5% more speed for essentially nothing.
The Fast Lane Car decided to test this new and improved Model 3 in their latest video. The model they show is the AWD Long Range version and not the Performance version, so that means just 367 hp from its twin electric motors rather than the 473 hp that the Performance gets. But even still, Tesla advertises a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds, and with a 5% boost, that should decrease to somewhere in the 4.3-second range.
In the first few tests, the Model 3 actually posted a 0-60 time of 4.59 seconds, and then after the update, it posted a time of 4.42 seconds. That’s not quite a 5% increase in speed, but it’s still a noticeable boost. It makes you wonder what other secrets might be hiding beneath the Model 3’s metal skin if Tesla were just able to send a few more updates.
But the real test is seeing how well the Model 3 performs against some of its competitors. The Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 isn’t exactly a direct competitor to the Model 3, but it does have a similar power output at 429 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in a similar 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.
In the small drag races that are a little closer to a ⅛-mile than a true quarter-mile, the Model 3 smokes the Mercedes. After a good start from both cars, the Model 3 just pulls away and never looks back.
But then there’s the Hellcat. With 707 screaming horses under the hood, the Hellcat knows few equals. However, this is an unprepped track and it’s much shorter than the quarter-mile the Hellcat is used to. This doesn’t give the Hellcat much time to find purchase and accelerate, and the Model 3’s AWD might carry the day.
Which it does.
If this were a true drag race on a prepared track, we suspect the Hellcat would fare much better. We’ll have to wait until next time to see how the Hellcat truly stacks up to the Model 3. Still, electric power shouldn’t be underestimated, as the Model 3 has shown here.