Tesla’s Model S takes on the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 four-door in a drag race competition.
This is an older Model S as the driver is still using the old P100D vernacular instead of the new “Performance” name, but the power is still mostly the same. The Model S has twin electric motors for all-wheel-drive and instant torque, providing 680 hp and 687 lb-ft. Zero to sixty takes just 2.4 seconds, which you’ll be able to see in the video below.
Current electric powertrains are, sadly, not made for top speed. Without any transmission, power is fed directly to the electric motors and making those wheels turn faster simply means drawing more power from the batteries. More power being drawn means more heat and--more importantly--less overall range for the Model S once the driver is done having its fun. You’ll also see that in the video below.
The Model S is also nearly 5,000 lbs, which is roughly 500 lbs heavier than the Mercedes-AMG GT 63. However, the GT 63 has less power at 577 horses from a 4.0-L twin-turbo engine. It also takes longer to get to 60 mph at around 3.3 seconds. A 9-speed automatic transmission does allow the GT 63 to apply that power more efficiently at higher rotations and gives the four-door luxury car a top speed of 193 mph.
Both cars have all-wheel-drive, but the Mercedes can throw all its power to the rear wheels thanks to a “drift mode” option. Not that the type of person who owns a Mercedes would ever use it.
So which is faster? Well, anyone who knows the power of the Tesla knows that the Model S is virtually unbeatable in a drag race. The Mercedes is able to eventually catch up with the Model S on the second race, but only well after the quarter-mile mark had come and gone.
The Tesla’s superiority is even clearer in the rolling race, where the Mercedes just can’t compete until the Model S hits its maximum of 155 mph.