How Much Faster Is Tesla’s Model S P100D Than The P90D?

According to Tesla, the Model S P100D is the quickest accelerating production car currently on sale but what does that speed look like on the drag strip?

To find out, Tesla Racing Channel on YouTube hit an eighth-mile drag strip with a brand new P100D and pitted it against the former Tesla king, the Model S P90D with Ludicrous mode.

The two went head-to-head in four races and unsurprisingly, the P100D was the fastest in all of them. However, the gaps were all very small. In fact, the P100D only came out on top by around 0.1 of a second in a couple of the races, going to demonstrate just how incredibly quick the 90 kWh variant is.

As these races were held over the eighth-mile, the launch is where the race is won and lost and while both are insanely fast out of the blocks, there’s only so much grip road-legal tires can provide off the line. A quarter mile match up between the pair would therefore be the most accurate comparison.

Although the times between the pair in these races were close, the P100D consistently had a 3-4 mph higher trap speed, something that would only extend in the quarter mile.


  • thunder bolt

    it’s like asking 2 nerds, which one of them can solve a math equation quicker…like I’d give a sh!t

    • BqWsRe


      So true. But don’t say that to the nerd writers on this site. 😊

  • TheHake

    How many successive launches can it do at that intensity?

    • Dennis James

      Well, how many do you need to shame your opponent ? 🙂

      • TheHake

        Well, the shaming will be on Tesla’s side right up to the 1st corner… :-0

      • BqWsRe

        How many Tesla “drag races” do you need before you fall asleep?

    • S3XY

      Extremely good point. Didn’t think about that. Probably only one launch and then the car needs a new battery! What a useless car

      • TheHake

        I’m pretty certain the batteries will heat up pretty quickly with this kind of treatment.

        • GRacer74

          Yes, and it will put the car into limp mode. As far as I know, there has never been a successful run at a track in a Tesla. Not without some kind of problem. One was recently tested at VIR, it overheated and was more than a minute behind a car with comparable hp.

        • BqWsRe

          And then catch fire…


    Nice, since they had to recharge after the first turn, it was at night already for the second round … 🙂

  • frankfan42

    Electrics can launch really, really hard since many motors develop max torque at zero rpm. These five thousand pound monsters can run with, and on a good day pull ahead of a Hellcat. In anyone’s league that’s some power.
    I don’t think the IC engine is going away anytime soon, and the prospect of a mid engine “Vette” with electric assist motors at the front is beyond ludicrous. Speed AND sound? Sign me up!

  • GRacer74

    Great, the car can go fast straight, but it’s a complete pig in turns. Just like an old hot rod. Fast in a straight line and can’t handle for crap.

  • Tydogg123 .

    Two incredibly fast cars combining to make a few super boring drag racing videos. Part of drag racing is the skill and timing of shifting – something that doesn’t exist with Tesla.

    • BqWsRe

      Agree. Very boring when all you do is stomp on the pedal and no engine revs.

      Very simple-minded.

  • BqWsRe

    Clickbait. But probably needed because this site’s viewership has dropped significantly recently. Need hits for ad purposes.