Can A Stock Camaro ZL1 Beat Tesla’s Model S P100D In A Straight Line?

Ever since Tesla came out with the ultra-fast Model S P100D, we’ve seen it tackle several muscle cars and come out on top, especially over short distances like the 1/4 mile.

This is due to the fact that the all-electric saloon has as much as 920 lb-ft (1,247 Nm) of torque available from the word go, which puts it at a major advantage compared to pretty much any internal combustion powered opponent.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is putting down 650 horses and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque, and while it’s not quite as powerful as the Tesla, it might have a chance while racing from a rolling start.

From a standstill, it’s hard for any supercar to keep up with a Model S P100D, unless we’re talking about the McLaren 720S, but as you already know, that one is knocking on hypercar territory.

Anyway, despite having rear-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission, this 2017 ZL1 performed really well from a rolling start. To find out whether it was able to beat the Tesla, though, you’ll have to watch the video right after the break.


  • Masterdd123

    Maybe around 210km/h the ZL1 finally passed the p100d gasoline power 4ever!

  • Kagan

    Not that it was the reason to fell behind but it had open windows and that makes some!

  • brn

    Why do you keep showing videos of races on public roads?

    • psiqtas

      And why not? They’re entertaining, same as crash videos etc. aren’t they?

    • LWOAP

      It gets them clicks that’s why.

    • S3XY

      Go back to bed grandpa.

      • brn

        Shhhh! I can’t hear Matlock.

      • Status

        And you want to defend racing on public roads?

  • Come on.. we all know the result. Weekend article be like

    • Six_Tymes


  • Craig

    Incredible really. Still waiting to see the Demon challenge the P100D.

  • S3XY

    Another loud and slow gas guzzler.

    • LWOAP

      Instant torque off of the line. Of course it’s going to win. Try taking it to the track and watch the Tesla get destroyed.

  • SamuraiJack

    So, the expected outcome…yawn.
    Rather show us the video where these a-holes get locked up for racing on public roads. That would be more interesting

    • Vassilis

      Chill man there’s no one else around.

      • Status

        It’s still a public, tax payer funded road. The absence of people in proximity to the illegal activity doesn’t automatically make it acceptable.

        • Vassilis

          It does because they aren’t endangering anyone. Also, they’re tax payers as well and they’re part of the public as well.

          • Status

            You didn’t watch the video at 3:30, did you? They aren’t alone.

          • Status

            …or at 3:00.

          • Status

            The fact that you can see other motorists on the same road is evidence that they are not alone and are endangering public safety.

          • Vassilis

            Some common sense, please. The biker was there for the same reason they were. To speed or whatever. He could clearly see they were racing so the drivers aren’t endangering anyone. There’s not one motorist on that road minding his own business, simply going to work or home for example. I don’t know what stretch it is but it seems like many people use it to race because it’s empty. They’re only endangering themselves here, no one else.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I know I only drive in straight lines…