Who would win in a drag race: a Tesla Model S, Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, a BMW M5 Competition, or a Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid?
This is quite the assortment of performance luxury 4-doors we have here. Normally one would put which is best down to personal preference and just which one has the best seat massager (which is probably the Mercedes), but Carwow always uses a far simpler method of determining which car is the best: finding out which one is the fastest.
The Tesla Model S P100D (now called simply the Performance trim) is easily out in front heading into this drag race. It’s twin electric motors provide AWD and 680 combined horsepower along with 687 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes as little as 2.4 seconds, but top speed is limited to just 155 mph.
Next we have the BMW M5 Competition. Against most cars, its 4.4-L twin-turbo V8 with 617 hp and 553 lb-ft would be quite impressive, but against this field, it’s strictly average. Zero to sixty takes 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph, or 190 mph with the available Drivers Pack.
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid adds an electric motor to the Panamera’s 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 for a combined 671 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 194 mph.
And finally, Mercedes’ 4-door GT 63 S comes equipped with the GT R’s 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 but tuned to produce 630 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 195 mph.
All cars are AWD, but only the Porsche and the Tesla have the benefit of on-demand electric torque, although the Mercedes has the next closest zero-to-sixty time.
As it turns out, the Tesla’s incredible power is just insurmountable for any of the remaining three cars. After taking the early lead, the Model S maintains that lead throughout the quarter-mile drag race. It seems that the Porsche and Mercedes would eventually catch the Tesla were the track just a bit longer, but not in a standard quarter-mile.
The Tesla took 10.8 seconds to finish, while the Mercedes took 11.1 seconds and the Porsche 11.2 seconds. The BMW M5 came dead last at 12.4 seconds, although the host admits that had more to do with the finicky nature of the M5’s launch control. It’s been previously clocked at 11.1 seconds.
In the rolling and brake tests, the Model S also maintains its lead. It’s also quite a bit cheaper than the other three vehicles, so there’s no reason to buy a 4-door Porsche or BMW. Just get a Tesla Model S.