Model S against Dodge Charger Hemi R/T

Model S against Dodge Charger Hemi R/T

Driving down the interstate in Charleston I see in my rear view mirror a Dodge Charger Hemi R/T. I slow down a bit as I want him to catch up to me. He pulls along side and I give my accelerator peddle a little tap just to see if he is interested. As I hear him engage his huge ICE I push my accelerator peddle all the way to the floor. 55-100 in what seems like 1/2 of a second. I see him again in my rearview mirror. I slow down to let him catch up again and he pulls along side of me gives me a thumbs up and proceeds to take a picture of the car. I am 40 and he had to be in his mid 20's. Kind of funny that my Model S can basically blow the doors off of anyone with nothing but the sound of wind. The model S is just ridiculously fast from 55-100. Cant describe the feeling. just an amazing car. Feel lucky to own one. HeHe

rloehler | January 14, 2013

Do you have an 85 Performance or a non-performance?

jat | January 14, 2013

It's ridiculously fast at any speed.

I have the non-performance version, and it is as fast as I need.

Brad Holt | January 14, 2013

^^ I was wondering the same thing

Brad Holt | January 14, 2013

Sweet! My non-perf should be coming in around the end of the month. I can't wait to add things like this to my list of willpower tests!

silbenny | January 14, 2013

I've driven both cars and own the non-perf. I simply cannot imagine why anyone would need the perf. Believe me, if I wanted to spend the extra money, I would have taken the perf model. However, it's not needed. The car is amazingly fast and blows away your normal sports luxury car. For those who are trying to decide between the two, you won't be disappointed in the non-perf. If you have the extra income, buy the perf. For those who don't have the extra income, you're not going to regret the non-perf purchase.

jfeldman72 | January 14, 2013

Non performance and still ridiculously fast

JoeFee | January 14, 2013

I went for the Performance S and the "jump to light speed" never gets old :)

Brian H | January 15, 2013

Did you see the table posted a while ago?

NP = Non-Perf P = Perf Times are in seconds.

Speed NP P
0-30 2.3 vs 1.7
0-40 3.1 vs 2.4
0-50 4.0 vs 3.1
0-60 5.0 vs 4.0
0-70 6.1 vs 5.0
0-80 7.4 vs 6.3
0-90 8.9 vs 7.7
1-100 10.8 vs 9.5
45-65 1.9 vs 1.7

Brian H | January 15, 2013

Here're the 'deltas' showing the 10mph 30+ ranges:

Speed NP P diff.
0-30 2.3 vs 1.7 (+0.6)
30-40 0.8 vs 0.7 (+0.1)
40-50 0.9 vs 0.7 (+0.2)
50-60 1.0 vs 0.9 (+0.1)
60-70 1.1 vs 1.0 (+0.1)
70-80 1.3 vs 1.3 (+0.0)
80-90 1.5 vs 1.4 (+0.1)
90-100 1.9 vs 1.8 (+0.1)
45-65 1.9 vs 1.7 (+0.2)

Brian H | January 15, 2013

So it looks like a non-Perf takes about 6.3 seconds to get from 55 to 100, and a Perf about 5.9 seconds.

Timo | January 15, 2013

I haven't experienced that but that looks like jet takeoff acceleration: it isn't the acceleration itself, but the fact that it just keeps accelerating at that same rate that is so exiting.

AndrewM | January 15, 2013

Looking at the data Brian H posted above makes me seriously consider not getting the Performance. Unless I'm drag racing from a standing start, the acceleration is only ~0.1 second different for each ten miles per hour. Combine this with the fact that the 21 inch wheels are no longer free with the Performance, and I'm seriously considering downgrading.

JThompson | January 15, 2013

This is a fun thread! The power of the Model S, no matter what version, never gets old!

BYT | January 15, 2013

I love my perf, love this post too! I haven't had anyone take my offer to race... ego's might be bruised too much I think?

jfeldman72 | January 15, 2013

I wish more people knew the car. I find myself looking at every car I pass and that passes me to see if the look my way. I get more comments by passer byes when I park than I get gawkers when I drive it.

BYT | January 15, 2013

I get gawkers when I drive it, I sometimes have to point and remind them to watch the road and not run over pedestrians as well... scarey sometimes!!

jfeldman72 | January 15, 2013

It seems as long as I mash the pedal down as long as I am going faster than 30mph, than its virtually the same as the performance. I will keep that in mind whild driving.

JoeFee | January 15, 2013

That .6 advantage off the line (0-30) is what throws you back into the seat and beats just about any other car on the road. Well worth the extra $ (if you have them) and want that capability or laster may need to resell the car to someone who wants that capability.

I am 3146 | January 15, 2013

I was giving a bunch of test drives before and after a dinner meeting with group of business associates. Many of them own high performance ICE vehicles and they commented how I pinned them to the seat. Thery loved it and I only have the non-perf. version too.

majgill | January 15, 2013

I have peformance version and i have also driven non perf and yes there is a diff while you drive this and that car. Try smoking bmw m5 with performance and non performance you will see it. I have done it. Thank i took performance one. Its not about drag racing and i have done racing with bmw's and porsche panamera. Now they are thinking why they didn't bought this car instead of those cars!

markapeterman | January 15, 2013

I have clearly noticed that when I take someone for a ride in my regular 85, the jolt from flooring it is much more impressive from 30-40mph than from a stop.

Alex K | January 15, 2013

@AndrewM | JANUARY 15, 2013: Looking at the data Brian H posted above makes me seriously consider not getting the Performance.

I have a Performance and I have to say that the acceleration scares me. So I'm taking it easy for a while until I acclimate. In retrospect, the non-performance version would have been OK with me (similar acceleration to my Panamera S Hybrid). I think the upgraded interior and wheels helped sway me. The beefed up motor and inverter also contributed to my decision: I thought that they would be more robust and durable during normal driving.

Timo | January 15, 2013

I wonder if they could add a "high speed performance" -version derived from regular performance that matches non-performance for low speed acceleration but has quite a bit higher top speed. Autobahn Model S.

Should be easy to make, just change to lower reduction gear.

cmlaff | January 16, 2013

Been challenged twice in my non-Perf. Sig. Just today some guy in his 20's driving a noisy ICE car blew by me on a CA interstate and then slowed down, pulled up next to me and blew CO2 and a slew of other toxins out his extra loud exhaust pipe. I'm in my mid-50's, never had a moving violation ever, and just couldn't pass the chance. Went from 75 to 105 in no time. I shut it down with him in my rear view a few car lengths back. No contest. He caught up, laughed, waved, and with a nod acknowledged the car and its power. I soiled myself.

Brian H | January 16, 2013

Suggests a title for a new thread: Soiling Stories!

jfeldman72 | January 17, 2013

Soil on!

DocDog | January 17, 2013

Remember as a kid when you were playing with your new slot car set after Christmas and you would crush the trigger on the remote and the tiny car would give a small whine and nearly instantly accelerate to its maximum speed. . . Watch out for that hairpin turn. (No 4 piston Brembos on my slot cars though. . .)

Rocke | January 17, 2013

Just thought of a new app!!! When you step hard on the accelerator, the big display does the Star Trek streaking warp speed thing!!

DigitalSavant | January 17, 2013

I think it's no accident the seats resemble something from the starship Enterprise. I've got a P85, and the jump to light speed never gets old. I have yet to be challenged to a drag race, but I'm always game. I would also like to compare a non-perf for the sake of comparison. Any way you configure it, it's impossible to go wrong, methinks!

jonathanwu99 | January 17, 2013

I agree with the fact that it accelerates quickly but biggest issue is limited top speed. I am awaiting delivery of my non P85 and can't wait but don't like the fact that it tops out at 125. I have a Nissan GT-R that I frequently drive over 125 and has a faster 0-60 than the Perf (2.7 sec). I can't wait until Elon Musk makes the first electric super car, I'll be all over that!

jfeldman72 | January 31, 2013

Last night went up against an Audi R8 took him off the line....he was shocked. Rolled down windows at the next light...his words..."impressive"

Btermanini | January 31, 2013

jonathanwu99, that is a great combination! I also have a GT-R, but my model S is performance. I am also waiting for Tesla super car.

archibaldcrane | January 31, 2013

Nice @ beating an R8 - he probably had the 4.2, not the V10 5.2 (which supposedly is 3.7-3.9 0-60) or the GT (3.4).

Brian H | January 31, 2013

The relevant speeds were 55-100.

JOHN HOLLINGSWORTH | January 31, 2013

A point in Tesla's favor is that not many ICE owners will take the trouble to use launch control or side step the clutch at high RPM which is generally required to get close to the lowest 0 -60 time. Also that stuff doesn't help fom 55-100. At that speed the MS is gone before the ICE can get in the right gear.

akikiki | January 31, 2013

@jfeldman72: Sir, thank you for the great story. I really enjoyed it. Its a hoot. Please go race some more and bring us those stories while we wait for our "S".

electricblue0303 | January 31, 2013

Yes - my S is downright scary fast. Especially after 40mph. If you really want to see speed, check out the EV dragsters. White Zombie does 0-60 in well under 2 sec. Some dude in LA just made a BMW EV that can do about 2 sec. (NPR story). His car is capable of 1MW of power - that's right - mega with an M! I know the guy who custom made the DC motors for this car. In no time these dragsters will do 1/4 mile in 7 sec. They're not too far away.

I had a film crew in my S last weekend and showed them a few moves. They soiled themselves.

Timo | January 31, 2013

From NEDRA record holders:

"Rocket" 6.940s@201.37mph

Already done. That's a bike, not a car though.

"Current Eliminator V" Dragster gets 7.956s@159.85mph, but IMO that's kinda old tech using altairnano batteries, lets see when there are serious attempt to beat that.

Chuck Lusin | January 31, 2013

@jonathanwu99 "I frequently drive over 125", I would love to see that freeway! For me it's like "Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55", OK 70!

dave.w.finn | February 1, 2013

jfeldman, feel the need for speed. Can't wait til I mine comes in. Good to meet you last night.

jfeldman72 | February 3, 2013

Dave.W.Finn....cant wait to see yours! We need to get the message out. This is the future!

cmlaff | February 3, 2013

Watch a Perf. with 21" wheels smoke this Dodge Viper SRT 10 in ¼ mile.

Brian H | February 4, 2013

The Perf also picks on a poor Volt on that page, too.

Timo | February 4, 2013

That Model S driver had really poor reaction time, over one second, feels like two. Volt driver reacts faster, but car looks like a slug next to rocket.

Real drag driver would have got more like 11.3s than 12.3s time. I can slowly count to three after light turns green and before the car moves. If that time does count the driver reaction to that time (as it should if it is official NEDRA time) then expect to see even better times really soon.

Timo | February 4, 2013

Um, I'm wrong, in time runs reaction time doesn't count. That explains why those times were so consistent.

fiksegts2 | February 4, 2013

heh, reaction time doesn't count, the Tesla driver was waiting for Volt to go first....

aaronw2 | February 4, 2013

Instead of showing the Star Trek view on the screen when flooring it I think I'd prefer the Space Balls ludicrous speed view with it going plaid.

kawdennis | November 27, 2013

I've been taking my P85 to the Sacramento Drag strip it's only $15 on Wed.nights, I've been turning 12.6 @107 mph I want to get a set of drag tires and rims and change them at the track, I can't find Drag tires for my 19" wheels, anyone know were to get them?

Panoz | November 27, 2013

Although old, this thread is important to me as I'd need to think about the Performance option on a Tesla. I gotta say...1/10th of a second doesn't seem like much of an improvement. That's a slow eye blink, ya know? Not steering in an absolutely straight line could chew up 1/10th of a second. I will follow this thread with interest.

jat | November 27, 2013

@Panoz - The P85 is more than a tenth faster - I get about 5s 0-60 in my S85, the P85 has been measured at well under 4s. That said, 5s is plenty for me - however, at the time I had to buy a bunch of crap I didn't want (leather, 21" wheels, etc) for the performance version - if I could have just bought the different inverter I probably would have done it.

At the track I was following a friend in his P85 with Michelin PSS's, and I had no trouble keeping up accelerating out of the corners. I had g-Force Rivals on, which have much better traction so I think actually tires make as much difference as the higher power inverter (and possibly different motor, depending on who you believe).