Tesla S performance outdrags BMW M5

Crazy thanks!


Ha, that Ezra Dyer guy was on "The Car Show" on Speed last year, which I was one of the editors for. He's a pretty funny guy.

I love how the drag race shows the Model S exploding off the line for the early lead...and then still holding the advantage the rest of the way. I'd think if anything, given the horsepower and optimal torque advantages of the BMW, the Model S would start faster but get caught down the line. Not so - incredibly impressive.

I love the revving of the M5's engine prior to the start -- kind of like a loud-mouth braggart who can't actually perform as well as he can talk!

I do find it strange, though -- a distance race to 100 mph. You could theoretically have a faster 0-to-100 time but not have travelled as far in getting there (and, in fact, that may be what happened here since it appears the M5 was going faster when the Model S crossed the finish line).

Wonder what the price difference is between the two?

Sorry about the tag problem above.

Off topic: Has anyone ever written a post on "Tips on Using What Must Be the World's Worst Forum Software?" The tags are finicky at best, but some around here seem to have mastered them.

+1. I agree with the revving of the M5.

It is such a surprise that it outdrags an M5, let alone a 5 series.

Bravo Tesla.

~ Prash.

Oaktowner per the article "
When it comes to price and weight, there’s little difference between the two. The BMW M5 seen here wears an as-tested sticker of $106,695 (after destination) and weighs 4387 lbs, while the Tesla Model S Performance costs $102,270 and tips the scales at 4640 lbs."

ok, my opinion:
The Model S Performance has the nose ahead until 100Mph (160KM/h).
After that, the bigger ICE always wins. But under real life conditions it will
be enough for me- and quiet!

most of the videos in the internet shows PerformanceperformancePreformance...
who wants to have this car as non-performance? =)

I don't but that is what i am getting non-performance 85

Whity. NEEDS and WANTS. I opted for the 60kWh battery, it will have all the performance I need. Want is a different story…I do not want more speeding tickets.

Wow. Thought it would be very close on 0-60; never thought the Model S would win 0-100. Uber, uber impressive. The M5 is THE performance sedan and has held the crown forever.

The video is posted to a few sites now, including Motor Trend. I love it. Some of the user comments below the video are priceless. The M5 fans out there (at least the ones moved to comment) are blaming the result on the driver -- claiming he did not know how to get the launch sequence right. Could be true for all I know, but it is still very funny to see the world view being challenged.

Launch sequence! Hahaha! Yeah, at a traffic light, or tool booth, or when an 18-wheeler cuts you off...

Disclaimer: I have always been a BMW man. But.. :-D

And - not all BMW 5s are Ms, so not all Ss are perfs. But S top dog beats 5 top dog here and that is telling.

I have access to a 1+ mile straight stretch of access road (inside a small airport's fenced area), and I've tried several times with my BMW-550i (6-speed auto in Sport mode) to give myself the 'feel' of my MSP test drive.

Yup I get to 80 MPH before slowing down, yes it is a blast, NO it does not give me the 'entering warp speed' that the MSP gave.

Can't wait to repeat the 'test' when my MS arrives! Unfortunately the access road is too narrow for a 'side by side' comparison :)

The tags autoclose with each para break -- so either must be renewed, or the blank line "occupied" with a period (or SLT), my preference. E.g.:

The 2013 Tesla Model S Performance uses a rear-mounted electric motor rated for 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That’s less grunt than the BMW, but the key is that the motor produces all of its torque instantly, whereas the M5′s torque band peaks at 1500 rpm. The Tesla’s electric motor is backed up by an 85-kWh lithium-ion battery that the company claims will allow for a driving range of about 300 miles per charge.
When it comes to price and weight, there’s little difference between the two. The BMW M5 seen here wears an as-tested sticker of $106,695 (after destination) and weighs 4387 lbs, while the Tesla Model S Performance costs $102,270 and tips the scales at 4640 lbs.

Warning: sup, sup, code, cite, and blockquote are non-functional, despite being "allowed".

I always have to laugh at all the LAUNCH control stuff anyway. To me comments about not being able to beat the S because of user error is even more telling about how much better the S is.

How sweet it is

Yeah, the MSP learning curve is reeel short: "Goose it!" ("Floor it!" if you prefer.)


That's warped!

But the tech is just at Warp 1, so far.

Love it! THE TOP of the line M series getting it's ass handed to it, by an EV!

This is the kind of press that will sell Model S's all day long!

What I don't understand then is how the m5 has such better listed numbers? Why doesn't tesla announce better numbers up then?


My old love gets her ass kicked by my new love Model S, move over bacon...

Brian H -

Thanks. Any tips to closing the tags mid-paragraph?

That's what I didn't seem to get right above (I'm trying standard HTML: </i> ).

Hmm. I seem to have gotten it right that time.

Sorry for the offtopic diversion, everyone!


I used to work line service at Mt Hawley outside Peoria, IL 30 years ago. Light aircraft, vfr, mostly daytime. Used to close alone, and I'd take my mustang out on the field some nights. Sit on the taxiway, check the gauges, then pull out, line up and hit it.

Had to remember to not steer with my feet, but never tired of pulling back on the steering wheel just to see.... ; )

never worked, but it was fun anyway.

Yes, standard closes work anywhere.

You just needed a little help from an Evel Knievel launch ramp...