Tesla’s line of all-electric vehicles has recently been put to the test with a full-family drag race of 2020 Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y performance-level models. While the company’s cars are well known for their mastery of the track, a rivalry between siblings is perhaps one of the most fun things to see with all the specs on show.
The Tesla family feud was hosted by Thomas and James of YouTube channel Throttle House, putting on their “S3XY”-est and quietest drag race to date. The Model 3 and Model Y were previously tested by the two personalities and known to be “masters of acceleration.” For this particular race, though, they opted to drive the Model S and Model X, both matte black with XPEL STEALTH paint finishes.
Since all-electric cars lose power when they lose their state of charge, all four Tesla owners Supercharged their respective vehicles on the same spot before hitting the track for an optimum comparison environment.
At no surprise, the pack’s eldest – the Model S – landed itself as the winner, but even when expected, the ease with which it did so is quite amazing. Both the Performance Model S and the Performance Model X had similar advantages with Ludicrous Mode, and both drivers even used “Cheetah Stance Launch Mode” to partially improve the racing capabilities of their cars by starting in a crouch-style stance. This new launch mode, along with powertrain improvements, uses adaptive suspension to improve the performance of already lightning-quick vehicles.
The first run of Tesla’s cars resulted in a Model S victory without the other three saying much. Model X and Model 3 fought it out a couple of car lengths behind Model S, but Model X eventually prevailed. Bringing up the rear a few car lengths behind its more battle-tested siblings, the Model Y gave a good overall output, particularly given that it’s intended to be an electric crossover family. It is also worth remembering that its rivals were other top-tier performers whose software has been developed by Tesla using available driving statistics for years.
The Throttle House hosts did a second run to test the vehicles without their normal acceleration advantages for the launch. The Model S kept its crown there too, but not without a fight from the Model 3. The Model X just had its nose in front of the Model 3 right at the finish line (cone) in the end. The Model Y was on their tails despite lacking in the rest of the advantages afforded Tesla’s more premium cars.
The video of Throttle House did not include the drag race times, but a comparison of the four vehicles reveals how they vary and what specs most likely played roles in the outcome of the family battle.
- The Tesla Model S Performance has 684 horsepower, a 100 kWh battery pack, a top speed of 163 mph, and a 0-60 time of 2.3.
- The Tesla Model 3 Performance has 450 horsepower, a 75 kWh battery pack, a top speed of 162 mph, and a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds.
- The Tesla Model X Performance has 762 horsepower, a 100 kWh battery pack, a top speed of 163 mph, and a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds.
- The Tesla Model Y Performance has 450 horsepower, a 75 kWh battery pack, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds.
You can watch Throttle House’s full Tesla family drag race below:
Reported by Teslarati.
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