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Tesla Model S P100D is not only a ’10-second car’, it beats cars like Corvette Z06 & Nissan GT-R


A ’10-second-car’ is a common term used to refer to a car that can run a quarter-mile in 10.999 or less. Very few production vehicles can make the run. A few owners of Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous mode reported times in the 10.8 seconds, but it was inconsistent and most were getting 11 seconds.

Now with the new Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode, which Tesla claims is the ‘Quickest Production Car in the World’, it looks like it is really confirming the Model S as a ’10-second-car’.

When the automaker first started delivering the vehicle two weeks ago, one of the first owners did some road tests and the vehicle ran a quarter-mile in 10.78 seconds.

But now it’s the first time that we see the vehicle on the dragstrip, the Fayetteville Dragstrip to be precise.

The Tesla Racing Channel put their new car to test and not only managed to come out with several 10.8s runs,  but they also ran one in 10.79. Here’s the video:

It not only makes the Model S a 10-second-car, but it also brings it down well into the 10s to beat several vehicles that have long been on the select list like the Corvette Z06 and Nissan GT-R. Here’s a comprehensive list of 10-second car via wikipedia:

By 1/4 mile or 400 metre times (11 seconds or less)

Car Year Time Noted specs
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 2011 9.7 sec Limited to 30 produced
LaFerrari 2015 9.7 sec @ 148.5–149.1 mph (239.0–240.0 km/h) Limited to 499 produced, hybrid-electric, naturally aspirated
McLaren P1 2014 9.8 sec @ 148.9 mph (239.6 km/h) Limited to 375 produced, hybrid-electric
Porsche 918 Spyder 2014 9.8 sec @ 145 mph (233 km/h) Limited to 918 produced, hybrid-electric, naturally aspirated
Bugatti Veyron 2006 10.175 sec @ 139.44 mph (224.4 km/h) Limited to 420 produced
Lamborghini Aventador and Aventador SV 2012 10.4 sec @ 134.7–141.3 mph (216.8–227.4 km/h) Aventador SV limited to 600 produced, naturally aspirated, 0-200 mph (322 km/h) in 33.5 seconds
McLaren 650S and 675LT 2015 10.4 sec @ 136.1 mph (219.0 km/h) 650S and 675LT equally quick, with latter being more track-oriented; 675LT limited to 1000 produced (including Coupé and Spider combined)
Porsche 991 Turbo S 2016 10.5 sec Rear-engine, with 2+2 seats
Lamborghini Huracán 2015 10.6 sec @ 132.8 mph (213.7 km/h) Naturally aspirated; 10.4 @ 135 1/4 done with ringer
Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 10.6 sec @ 132 mph (212 km/h) Naturally aspirated
Ferrari 488 2016 10.6 sec (see this column’s notes)
Tesla Model S P100D w/Ludicrous Upgrade 2016 10.7 sec @ 124.54 mph (200.4 km/h) All-electric, with 5(+2) seats; fastest-accelerating sedan
McLaren 12C 2012 10.7 sec @ 134 mph (216 km/h) (see this column’s notes)
Ferrari 458 Speciale 2014 10.7 sec Naturally aspirated
Tesla Model S P90D w/Ludicrous Upgrade 2016 10.8 sec @ 121.99 mph (196.3 km/h) All-electric, with 5(+2) seats
Ford GT 2017 10.8 sec Limited to 1000 produced over 4-year period
Nissan GT-R 2012 10.8 sec Front-engine, usually with 2+2 seats
Acura NSX 2016 10.8 sec Hybrid-electric
Ferrari F12tdf 2016 10.8 sec Limited to 799 produced, front-engine, naturally aspirated
Dodge Viper Phase II ZB (Gen-4) 2008 10.9 sec @ 129.8 mph (208.9 km/h) Front-engine
Porsche 997 Turbo S 2011 10.9 sec @ 127.4 mph (205.0 km/h) Rear-engine, with 2+2 seats
Pagani Huayra 2012 10.9 sec Limited to 100 produced
McLaren 570S 2016 10.9 sec @ 137 mph (220 km/h) (see this column’s notes)
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2016 10.9 sec @ 132.7 mph (213.6 km/h) Front-engine, 8-speed automatic, non-Z07, 0-200 mph (322 km/h) in 26.0 seconds
Porsche Carrera GT 2003 10.97 sec 2-door roadster

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