We tend to discredit cars that are at their best during ‘rolling start’ drag racing, because they usually get their rear ends kicked when it’s the other way around.
It’s simple really. If you’ve got the torque to monster your rivals from a rolling start, then why wouldn’t you ever take them on from a stand still? Answer: So that you wouldn’t lose. Yeah.
The same (kind of) applies to the Tesla Model S P85D. We say “kind of” because the P85D usually wins all of its races from a stand still and hardly ever challenges anybody from a rolling start, reaching very high speeds.
Watching this video makes you think a little less about the Tesla‘s ‘Insane’ mode and a little more about the Audi‘s 4.0 liter turbocharged V8 engine, producing 560 PS and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.
The RS7 can also hit the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark in just 3.9 seconds thanks to its ultra-fast 8-speed transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive system.
But hey, the P85D is no slouch. In fact, it’s rated at 691 HP and has enough torque to single handedly cause the San Andreas fault to start acting up. Isn’t this the plot of that movie that just came out? Probably not. Anyway!
If this was a standing start race, the Tesla would have definitely jumped out ahead and would have made the RS7 work hard in order to get catch up. But since that wasn’t the case, we all get to see what a properly fast car can do to one that got to be fast by (in a way) “cheating”.
So if you were tired of watching the P85D dominate drag racing, this video will definitely make you feel better.