A Tesla Model 3 takes on a Camaro SS and a 1971 Mustang in an embarrassingly close race for the Camaro.
We tend to think of the Camaro as one of those muscle cars that dominate the drag strip. But then a battery-powered upstart like a Tesla Model 3 comes swaggering in without so much as a peep from its electric motors, and everything we thought we knew about speed gets turned on its head.
The Camaro appears to be a newer model SS trim, which means it has a 6.2-L V8 with 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 4 seconds with a quarter-mile time of around 12.5 seconds. Depending on the year, it either has a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission and weighs around 3,800 lbs.
On the opposite lane is the electric challenger, the Tesla Model 3. According to InsideEVs, this is not one of the newer Performance versions, which means it’s most likely a dual-motor AWD variant. That means two electric motors with one powering the front axle and the other powering the rear axle, which makes a combined 346 hp. Zero to sixty is advertised as taking 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.
The Tesla also weighs 200 lbs more than the Camaro, but it has an untold number of torques.
On paper, the Camaro has this in the bag. But the Model 3 has AWD and the consistency of computer-controlled torque vectoring. Despite the Camaro’s power advantage, the Model 3 just quietly accelerates and keeps going to finish in a time of just 12.72 seconds at 112.63 mph. The Camaro finished in 13.34 seconds at 110.4 mph.
Our second competitor is a 1971 Ford Mustang. Stock it would have had anywhere from 210 to 300 hp depending on the engine, but the announcer states near the end of the video this ‘Stang has been customized with a 462 cubic inch (7.6-L) engine. We have no idea how many horses that’ll translate to, but judging by the giant set of blowers punching through the hood, it ought to be impressive.
Sadly, it wasn’t. The Mustang made a lot of noise but didn’t even keep up with the Model 3, finishing in a time 17.7 seconds at 76.18 mph.