If you need yet more examples of why electric cars are superior to gasoline-powered ones, then here’s a Tesla Model 3 racing against a BMW M2 Competition.
Electric cars are faster than gas-powered cars. There. We said it. It’s out there and we can move on with our lives. Still don’t believe it? That’s a shame, but here is yet another example of an electric car proving its superiority to petrol-powered people movers.
On the right, a BMW M2 Competition. This is the newest and lightest BMW available, with a 3.0-L turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine providing 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes just 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
At least, that’s what BMW says it is. We suspect there might be a few fractions of a second taken off the real 0-60 time.
And on the left, we have the Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD. This is not the Performance version, so we have to make do with a mere combined 367 horsepower from its twin electric motors. Zero to sixty takes 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 145 mph. Just like the BMW, top speed is limited, but unlike the BMW, it’s limited to prevent the battery from melting and not for some strange notion of safety.
Making things even worse for the bimmer is the fact it’s a manual transmission on an unprepared surface. The Tesla has no gears and all-wheel-drive, which makes launching it a breeze even for novice drivers.
The result is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Even with a good start from the manual M2, the Tesla’s simplicity just lets it power ahead with such confidence that the M2 has no chance of ever catching up. By the time the finish line arrives, the Tesla 3 has gained a lead of over two car lengths.
However, as our Throttle House host points out, the M2 can do donuts that the Tesla can’t. So there’s that.