Tesla has undoubtedly been one of the kings when it comes to drag racing from a dig. It has demolished the hopes and dreams of many die-hard car builders when the realization that a stock vehicle marketed towards economy and luxury could blow the doors of their blood, sweat, and tears. But that’s all come to end now that the McLaren 720S is here to twist things up a bit.
It was only a few weeks ago that the guys from DragTimes brought us an interesting piece when a Lamborghini Aventador went up against a Tesla Model X P100D. Now the Tesla’s lighter, more agile sibling, the Model S, has brought forth its own blood for comparison against a different opponent – the McLaren 720S. Despite the weight savings, the Model S isn’t going to do much good compared to its latest rival. Both cars look good on paper, but only one will walk away crowned with the title of drag race king.
Let’s get price out of the way. The McLaren starts at around $290,000 – a bit more than double the price of a base Model S P100D. It’s important to remember that the McLaren has historically marketed its cars towards the likes of Porsche owners more than it is to Tesla. That alone makes it a difficult comparison to put them both in the same test, which alone speaks wonders of the Model S’ acceleration.
On to the semantics of performance then. The McLaren utilizes a 4-liter V-8 engine paired with twin-turbos, ultimately pumping out a respectable 710 horsepower and 568 lb/ft of torque. The Model S, on the other hand, uses both of its electric motors to put 588 horsepower and 920 lb/ft of torque to the wheels. The Tesla takes full advantage of its instant power delivery and will sprint from 0-60 mph in an astounding 2.275507139 seconds. The McLaren is just a tad slower to ramp up, making the same run in about 2.8 seconds. The 0-100 mph race is what begins to separate the two competitors. While the Tesla takes 6.52 seconds to make the run, the McLaren shows its true colors by getting there nearly a full…