Sports car vs. family SUV: Tesla Model X Plaid with 6 people faster than 911 Turbo S
Jun 07,2022 | Chloe Lacour
With the Taycan electric car, Porsche managed the small feat of being the first manufacturer to achieve slightly faster acceleration than the then-unbeaten Model S Performance - even after Tesla had given it more top performance with a software update. With the performance successor Plaid, however, that has already been done again, because on the straights it is only surpassed by the super electric car Rimac Nevera for clearly seven-digit prices. And as a new video shows, even the Model X with the new Plaid drive accelerates faster than the fastest combustion engine Porsche - even when it is fully occupied by six people.
Tesla catches up fast Porsche
Porsche has given its classic 911 in the eighth generation, internally referred to as the 992, everything that today's combustion engine technology still has to offer. In the top version Turbo S, the six-cylinder engine with two chargers has 650 hp, which, thanks to the all-wheel drive and an 8-speed gearbox, should ensure that 60 miles per hour are reached in 2.6 seconds after the start. At around $250,000, the 911 Turbo S in the US costs almost twice as much as the Tesla Model X Plaid.
The electric car, on the other hand, has a much more powerful engine with a good 1000 hp, but weighs a lot more when empty and had an additional disadvantage in the current comparison in the form of five other adults on board (see photo above). The comparison with the top Porsche was organized by YouTuber Brooks Weisblat, who owns a Model S Plaid himself. Last summer he got the owner of a Taycan to order a Tesla himself after losing a duel at the drag race track.
The owner of the fast combustion Porsche in the comparison with the Model X did not fare much better. In the first drag duel, it even separates itself a good bit at the start – the low weight and the shifting system should have helped here. But the mood in the fully occupied plaid Tesla remains excellent, and before the classic quarter-mile (just over 400 meters) is covered, it has just overtaken the 911 Turbo S. In the second run, both cars are almost level for the first few meters, then the Porsche moves up a bit before the family electric car passes by again.
911 Turbo S at the start for Model X Plaid
Normally, he manages quarter-mile times of around 9.7 seconds with his Model X Plaid, says the owner. With the five additional people on board, the better attempt resulted in 10.33 seconds, as can be seen in the video. The Porsche with only a driver needed at least 10.43 seconds for the quarter-mile, i.e. a tenth of a second longer. On the drag distance, even in the fastest combustion engine Porsche, you no longer stand a chance against the spacious Tesla with the plaid drive. After all, the 911 Turbo S seems to have an advantage over the first few meters - at least if the Model X is occupied in all six standard seats.
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