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Acceleration That Hurts: Cars That Are Equally Fast as The Tesla Model S Plaid

Red Tesla Model S Plaid

Every time Tesla presents a new model, the electric car makers community loses their minds. Every event looks like a strange comedy sketch, where the company’s CEO states unbelievable claims. 

It seems that if you want to succeed and break into Tesla’s community hearts, you should include words like; best, amazing, and any other synonym, which could make an impression that a new car is a future we are all waiting for. 

Red Tesla

There is no denying that Tesla made a significant impact in electric car’s technology development. It transformed a car into a software-based appliance, but what about excitement and truly unseen engineering, which propels the automotive industry? 

Of course, there could be an argument that stellar acceleration, the efficiency of electric motors, and the battery’s longevity are where the excitement hides. In reality, it still lacks pieces of truly remarkable machinery. 

Recently Tesla thought that outright acceleration could be a key to a dominant position in the electric or even automotive market. Tesla’s community went wild when the manufacturer stated outrageous and silly-looking numbers, but at the end of the day, it was too good to be true. 

Blue Tesla on the road

Tesla claims that Model S Plaid was going to be able to hit 322 km/h (200 mph) top speed, but… Tesla noted that a car won’t be able to hit that magic mark unless the Tesla Model S Plaid has optional wheels and tires which aren’t available yet. 

Also, Tesla promised that the fastest ever road-going electric car would have more efficient 4860 battery cells and will cost $119.900, but guess what – Elon Musk and his team surprised us again. The car doesn’t have new battery technology and the car’s price was increased by $10.000. It seems that a fully-fledged manufacturer got away with this behavior once again. 

However, if a Tesla claims that Tesla Model S Plaid is the fastest accelerating production car ever, it’s time to stare around. Let’s jump right at the alternatives, which will reach production very soon or can even be purchased right away. 

Lucid Air

Brown Lucid Air

First and foremost, this seemed to be the first strong Tesla’s challenger in electric car wars. Lucid’s electric saloon is one of the most anticipated electric cars. The gorgeous styling, impressive interior, and engineering they put into this car look more than promising. 

Furthermore, the top-of-the-range version is so close in terms of specifications that it seems Elon Musk created the Model S Plaid just so that it could beat it. Just look at the numbers. 

Lucid Air ran a standing quarter-mile in just 9.245 seconds. Tesla’s Model S Plaid did the same thing (using Rollout) in 9.23 seconds. Top of the range version of Lucid Air has a range of 748 kilometers (465 miles), Tesla Model S Plaid – 627 kilometers (390 miles). Lucid Air has a drag coefficient of 0.21 Cd, Tesla Model S Plaid – 0.208 Cd. 

Lucid Air and Tesla Model S Paid fights like Sub-Zero versus Scorpion in every comparison area, trying to show the upper hand in every move. Let’s wait for the fatality, then.

Even Lucid Air and Tesla Model S Plaid are priced similarly, so it’s no wonder that Lucid Air is the only and the direct Tesla’s competitor right now until Porsche shows us the more sporty-oriented Porsche Tacyan.

Rimac Nevera

Rimac Nevera

Elon Musk says that the new Tesla Model S Plaid is the fastest accelerating production car ever, but Croatian-based Rimac could proudly say that Twitter superstar is wrong. 

Rimac Nevera, officially, is the fastest accelerating production car in the world. 0 – 160 km/h (0 – 100 mph) in 4.3 seconds, 0 – 300 km/h (0 – 186 mph) in just 9.6 seconds, and it can run the quarter-mile in 8.6 seconds. So no matter how you swing it, Rimac Nevera is the fastest accelerating production and electric power car in the world of the present day. 

Of course, there is a considerable price difference between Rimca Nevera and Tesla Model S Plaid, and Rimac plans to build just 150 examples of Nevera. So, it is much more exclusive. Still, nevertheless, if we are talking about production-ready cars – Tesla Model S Plaid is not the fastest accelerating production car in the world. 

Koenigsegg Gemera

Black Koenigsegg Gemera

Elon Musk said electric cars are the way to go because electric-powered cars are the fastest, safest, etc. Still, Swedish-based manufacturers previously demonstrated that internal combustion could be improved. 

Looking at just the simple figures, Koenigsegg Gemera can offer outstanding performance. It has a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which generates 1724 HP, and it will offer 1000 kilometers (621 miles) of range. Furthermore, acceleration figures look better than Tesla Model S Plaid. 

From 0 to 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) this car sprints in just 1.9 seconds and reaches 402 km/h (250 mph) top speed. It can reach 300 km/h (186 mph) top speed using just an electric mode. And because Koenigsegg made it, it will be a class act. Yet another mind-blowing engineering achievement from the wild guys in Sweden. 

Tuned McLaren 765LT

Orange tuned McLaren 765

A few years ago, McLaren started earthquakes in HQs based in Maranello and Stuttgart. Performance-wise, the newest McLarens always demolished every rival, and British marque continued to do so. 

While most supercars excel in handling and have never seen engineering solutions, modern British supercars have found it’s an exceptional feature. The Internet is filled with thousands of videos where different kinds of McLarens capture incredible quarter-mile times. It seems that McLaren knows that sooner or later, British supercars will be tested at the drag strip to show superiority. 

An excellent example could be a Mclaren 765LT. Being based on the incredible Mclaren 720S, lighter and track-focused 765LT in stock configuration can run a quarter-mile in just 9.3 seconds, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.  

With slight modifications and a gentle power bump to 900 HP, the British supercar can run a quarter-mile in an outstanding 8.9 seconds and sprint from 0 to 96 km/h (0-60 mph) in just 1.46 seconds. That should hurt! 

Hennessey Exorcist

Black Chevrolet Camaro Hennessey Exorcist

Dodge made it clear that performance-oriented cars should have some sort of personality attached to it. Remember Dodge Challenger Hellcat or even more dramatic Dodge Challenger Demon? 

From day one, Dodge Challenger Demon was called the craziest muscle car ever, but not for long. Long-time tuner Hennessey sent a message to all petrolheads worldwide that Dodge Demon’s rival would be even more powerful, more dramatic, and named after Exorcist. 

Based on the latest generation Chevrolet Camaro, Hennessey’s creation packs 1000 horsepower, can reach 349 km/h (217 mph) top speed, and runs a quarter-mile in an impressive 9.57 seconds. Also, it comes with a 5-year warranty and a 117.000 USD price tag. 

Bargain of the century? It depends, but like Tesla Model S Plaid, it will piss off exotic supercar drivers and continue to play the harmonic melody of a blown V8 – a thing that the Tesla drivers may consider just a lack of acoustic comfort.

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    Matti

    It is a.pretty pic achievement in utself that Tesla model s plaid si compared to Koenigsegg gemera, Rimac nevera and Mclaren 765lt which are supercars/hypercars. You could just imagine what Tesla would make with a similiar price and the same plaid powertrain put on a pure bred supercar or hypercar. Model s is a big fat family sedan that does 62-124mph in 3.84 seconds and 1/4 mile in 9.08 seconds. Also of course it wont do 200mph with tires that are not rated for 200mph, remember Tesla thinks safety is important unlike a few other manufacturers mentioned here. Tesla model s plaid is a bargain, its spacious practical family sedan that can pretty much beat any car it will face on the streets.Just facts on the table, I dont understand the toxicity towards Tesla.

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