Which supercars are faster than the Tesla Model S P90D?

Interesting, Others | July 24th, 2015 by 49
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Tesla has just unleashed its newest P90D version of its Model S. The P90D is a small step up from the P85D, which made headlines …

Tesla has just unleashed its newest P90D version of its Model S. The P90D is a small step up from the P85D, which made headlines for its “Insane Mode” acceleration. However, the small step up nets a further range and an even more aggressive acceleration mode, dubbed “Ludicrous Mode”. With its ludicrous acceleration, the Model S P90D is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. That puts it in serious supercar territory.

Only cars costing significantly more money, with massively powerful engines, can match the level of acceleration of the all-electric Tesla Model S P90D. It might be a bit embarrassing for some other supercars, like the Ferrari 488 GTB, that can’t accelerate as quickly as an all-electric luxury sedan. This, admittedly, makes the appeal of a Model S grow significantly. Being able to own a luxury sedan that wafts you along in near silence, but still holds the power to scorch some of the hottest performance cars on the road, must feel pretty damn fantastic. So let’s take a look at which of today’s performance cars can actually beat the P90D to 60 mph. I’ll give you a hint, it’s not many.

5. McLaren 650S

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McLaren’s replacement for the excellent 12c is an absolute rocket. With a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter V8, the 650S makes, you guessed it, 650 hp. It is also exceptionally light, as it uses a carbon fiber monocoque, so it’s able to hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. That’s just a tick faster than the P90D and it takes a supercar engineered by some of the finest automobile minds in the world along with around $280,000 to do so.

4. Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

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Yup, the Veyron is still faster. It’s technically still the fastest car in the world, as neither Koenigsegg or Hennessey have been able to actually confirm their cars are faster. But the Veyron is still faster to 60 mph than the P90D, with a time of 2.6 seconds. Although the Veyron burns considerably more fuel doing it, considering it has a quad-turbocharged V16 engine making over 1,200 hp. Oh and it costs $2.5 million. So on paper, the Model S P90D seems like the better deal.

3. Porsche 911 Turbo S

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The 911 Turbo S represents one of the great performance values on the market. While not cheap, at around $180,000, it has Bugatti Veyron beating performance, is supremely comfortable, has two backseats, albeit small ones, and all-wheel drive. Considering it’s twin-turbo 3.8 liter flat-six engine can rocket to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, hit almost 200 mph and can take small kids to school in the morning, the 911 Turbo S is a very good car indeed. However, the P90D can do the trip to 60 mph in just .3 seconds more and take even more kids to school in even more comfort for a lot less money.

2. Ferrari LaFerrari


The LaFerrari represents the best of what Maranello can do. It has a 789 hp 6.3 liter V12 mounted in the middle, which is then mated to a 161 hp electric motor. For you math majors out there, that is 950 hp. It also only weighs around 3,400 lbs, so it can launch to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds on onward to over 200 mph. The LaFerrari is also the fastest car Motor Trend has ever tested. Although, it does cost around $1.4 million. Yikes.

1. Porsche 918 with the Weissach package


The number one fastest accelerating car on the market, as tested by Car and Driver is the Porsche 918 with the Weissach package. The 918 is also a plug-in hybrid, utilizing a 4.6 liter naturally aspirated V8 paired to two electric motors. One motor helps the engine power the rear wheels, while another powers the front wheels. This combo allows the Porsche 918 get from 0-16 mph in a single wheel rotation, which is ridiculous, and from 0-60 mph in a blistering 2.2 seconds. It’s so fast it’s hard to wrap your mind around it. But it does cost a pretty penny, around $845,000.

These cars are all so fast and even faster than the “Ludicrous” Model S P90D. But they’re all so much more expensive and less practical. They’re all supercars. It’s crazy that an electric luxury sedan can keep up with company like this.

Where does BMW fit here?

In comparison, BMW’s fastest luxury sedan is the 30th Anniversary Edition M5, which can do the sprint in 3.7 seconds. That’s almost a full second slower. The P90D is officially nuts.

49 responses to “Which supercars are faster than the Tesla Model S P90D?”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    On paper, the Tesla Model S P90D is the best daily driver in the world, by quite far.

    • Locke42 says:

      At $118,000, the P90D kinda does cost a shit-ton of money.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        I’m french, and where i am the P90D will cost about 110k€ after taxes and before options, 120k for the Ludicrous mode… It might sound like a lot but let’s put that into perspective: the M6 Gran Coupe is 145k€, the XJR 150k€ and the Panamera Turbo S 200k€. I don’t see them being better cars at all, and the owning cost will likely be higher, because the gas is pretty expensive and they use quite a lot of it.
        Still think the P90D isn’t the bargain of the market, in its segment ?

      • Koenigsegg says:

        Considering everything about the car and that it is still new technology and that there is NO CAR that compares tot he Model S i’d say it priced reasonably compared to any other car.

        Its not no POS corolla.

    • 2sfhim says:

      Actually even if the Tesla has three backseats a slightly tall man can’t seat properly because the roof is too low. It’s a big issue for a 110k€ saloon.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        I think you have to reconsider the competitors i used to compare this car with above, because they make your comment totally irrelevant.

        • 2sfhim says:

          I cannot compare with these competitors because I’ve never sat in these cars. However, a saloon which cannot seat properly 4 people is quite problematic, it’s not really a saloon.

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            That’s why i compared it to more coupe-ish cars (just look at them, the roof all drop down at the rear, and they have the same “problem”). The Model S is more of a “Gran Coupe” than a sedan. Actually it’s not problematic for “normal people” (i mean with average heigh/Weight), it mind sound a bit tough but that’s it. Most people can buy it, because they’re not concerned by this problem… I’m 1m76 and i won’t really have this problem for example. Also having seen some videos it doesn’t look like that much of a problem…

          • 2sfhim says:

            Well, I’m 1m78 and I touched the roof…

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            You tried hard didn’t you ?

          • 2sfhim says:

            No :D

          • Koenigsegg says:

            Model S is a fastback, and it has the stance of a Coupe, very practical and stylish

          • Tyran Mathurin says:

            So Which sedan or saloon would consider a bargain in this segment, 2sfhim? An Aston Martin Rapide?

          • Koenigsegg says:

            Which has even less headroom LOL

      • Koenigsegg says:

        There is plenty of room back there. My friend is 6 foot 4 and sits in the back no problem

      • Neil says:

        I’m 6ft 2 and I fit in the back without a problem?

      • Bill Bennett says:

        I don’t really care about the loser sitting in the back

    • Cthugha says:

      Well, I’d rather have a real sports car plus a daily driver car combo. While impressive, the Model S is neither a great handling and great fun sports car, nor a very practical car. It will always be a compromise.
      I’ve driven the P85+ and it’s amazing when accelerating on a straight road, but it’s far too heavy for having fun on the twisty roads. And not luxurious and comfortable enough to compete with BMW/Mercedes/Audi/etc.

      Also, tons of motorcycles are much faster than the P90D. Even some old used ones from the 80s.

      • MarcDaniel Erasmo says:

        The P90D has been stated to have 1g at corners so it will handle alot better than the P85.

        A low center gravity comparable to the Ford GT still keeps it well planted, and direct drive offers alot more control than a manual.

        There are Motorcycles like the lightning 918 that are faster than the P90D past 60 but they are still motorcycles and not seven seating luxury sedans, that accelerate to 60 in 2.8 seconds.

        • steven75 says:

          CG doesn’t matter as much as the sheer weight of the thing. It weighs almost 5,000 lbs. That’s the same weight as a loaded F-150 crew cab!

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        This car is both dude. Of course it doesn’t ride like a Cayman GT4 but i think they made quite an improvement in that area, so we’ll see how it goes. Maybe it’s more an “S” than an “RS” but still, for what it offers…

        The P90D is not in the same league at all dude. The P85+ might look slow besides the P85D, and P90D is even quicker. Yeah it is a bit heavy, but cars of its size are usually not 1.3 tons, come on. You cannot have both big interior space and low weight, but reasonable price, it just sounds impossible in 2015. At least it’s quick, and i think that’s already good fun.

        It might not be the best for the twisty turns, but as soon as the road goes straight back you forgot it. Hope they’ll “fix that” at the next generation, with some carbon.

        Tons of motorcycles are quicker to 60 than the P90D ? Keep in mind the Tesla takes 2.8s

        According to both these sites you’re pretty wrong dude

        After 60 it’s something else, but this is an Electric car come on

        • Cthugha says:

          Weird links you managed to find, they are both missing many quick motorcycles. My previous bike, a used $5k Yamaha VMAX, will do 0-60 in 2.5s and that bike was introduced in 1985. And my current bike, a Ducati Diavel Carbon, is even faster.
          And no, the Model S will never be considered a sports car.
          Yesterday a P85D and a BMW M4 was parked outside my hotel – I’d choose the M4 any day! (or a M6 that’s more comparable to Model S)

      • Koenigsegg says:

        “Not a very practical car”? What the hell are you smoking? It is the most practical car that exists. Is uses NO GASOLINE and accelerates quicker than literally every car that exists. You plug the car in at your HOUSE. How is that not practical? It doesn’t use disgusting finite dinosaur juice.

        There is NO compromise my friend. A real sports car is a real waste of money. Tesla’s make every other car look like a joke. No car is a consideration compared to the Tesla. No other car makes sense. A motorcycle is a deathtrap and a douche bag mobile and not practical in any way ROFL.

        Model S handles very well in corners with the battery pack sitting low, and the interior is clean and simple. Model S is a car made for the real world, not a race track. No one commuting to work is going to be speeding nor taking corners fast, speed limits and laws exist.

        Mercedes, BMW and Audi cannot compete with Tesla, no one can compete with Tesla, they have 0 competition.

    • steven75 says:

      As long as you aren’t driving it in the big city. It’s still a massive car.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        If you’re in the city the i3 or the Model X would be better yeah of course, but come on even in a city this car is a monster. When you compare it to other sedans it’s just… Better ! Yeah the roof is low but for the line… It’s actually not so low though.

      • Morten Krogh says:

        The instant torque make the Tesla by far the best citycar compared to a similar BMW…

    • steven75 says:

      The Tesla isn’t luxurious on the inside at all. Certainly not against the $100k competitors. If you think it is then you must now have ever sat in a S Class

      • Horatiu B. says:

        Not yet, but next generation or newer Teslas will fix that

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        Not luxurious at all ? Really ? Yes i’ve entered an S500 and i’m pretty sure the Tesla is luxurious. Difference is the Tesla is not intended to directly face the S or the 7 and the A8 in terms of luxury… For similar spec they cost like 100k more wtf

    • Ronald says:

      Why would I want a silent car? and the interiors of Tesla do not compare with Audi or Benz.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        Maybe because it’s a daily and your day will start and end in a calm way so you can focus on things that matter or just have a good time going back home ?
        Maybe it’s not as good as the competitors i listed before but it’s okay… For a daily it’s refined enough, especially when you see how low the price is compared to the practicality and performances of the car.

      • Perttu Lehtinen says:

        WTF? The point of luxury cars is to be silent.

      • Morten Krogh says:

        Maybe not u but all people around u would like that. I had a 2012 Audi A6 and the Tesla is as good as the Audi inside and much better in handling even it’s a lot heavier.

  2. Darko says:

    All these 5 cars above could be defeated by the upcoming Tesla Maximum Plaid roadster coming in 2019…

    • Cthugha says:

      Not necessarily, the only reason the Model S have this kind of power and “ok” range is because of its extremely large and heavy batteries. And you can’t do the same in a sports car.

      • MarcDaniel Erasmo says:

        Actually its the smart fuses with their own lithium ion batteries, inconel contactors that allow amperage increase from 1300 to 1500, along with the ever increasing energy density in their battery packs. The Tesla Roadster can now go 400 miles with, the Model S 85kwh cells, for the same weight and volume as the old pack. The new roadster would go even more on a charge and offer performance much higher than the P90D since it would be much lighter along with improved power electronics.

    • geoffrey bailey says:

      I have to wonder what Tesla will call the next upgrade after Maximum Plaid.

      • Darko says:

        If the time to 0-60 mph is better than 1.7 s, there won’t be any need for an upgrade – it will be the fastest Supercar…

  3. Griffin says:

    What about the Mclaren P1?

    • The P1 is faster, but not much more so than the 650s and didn’t want to repeat brands. Only reason why Porsche repeated was because the 918 Weissach is ridiculous.

      • joseph_rma says:

        Didn’t know about 911 turbo S, I thought it needs just above 3 secs to 60, or it’s unofficial measurement with perfect conditions or something? 2,5 sounds like.., oh it’s out your sight immediatelly, however :D

  4. 2sfhim says:

    There is a small mistake: the Bugatti has a W16 engine, not a V16.

  5. Bruce Pardue says:

    Gentlemen, I have a Model s 70Kwh………..and it is much slower at 5.5 seconds to 60 MPH……faster than most that I deal with daily. My Tesla has a sunroof which give me about 3 inches more head room and so it is not a problem for a taller person front / back I would love to have the p90D …….so smoke some of the Mercedes Turbine models……but I knew that going forward with Model S …..70KWH …….The vehicle is absolutely miraculous

  6. Dominic Gratton says:

    A Model S P90D Ludicrous does the 0-60 in 2.6 secs… so the McLaren 650S and Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse are slower or tied to it… so there is only 3 cars faster.

  7. Bill Bennett says:

    How about now that Tesla has the P100D with launch mode? 0-60 in 2.5…….nothing you can buy new today.

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