Instead of waiting for the inevitable drag race to happen, Jaguar went out and brought not one but two Tesla Model Xs to race against the new I-Pace EV.
With the kind help of Mitch Evans and Tony Kanaan, Jaguar organized a 0-60-0 race between the new I-Pace and the Tesla Model X in its 75D and 100D versions.
The new Jaguar I-Pace offers a combined 395hp and 513lb-ft of torque from its two electric motors. A 90kWh battery pack is the only choice and makes sure that the new British electric SUV has a range of up to 298 miles on the WLTP, and 240 miles according to EPA.
Jaguar claims a 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8). Kerb weight is set at 2133kg (4702lbs). Sounds like a lot but it still is lighter than the physically bigger Tesla Model X, which in 75D guise tips the scales at 2,300kg (5140lbs) and in the 100D version at 2,459kg (5421lbs). The British company also ensured that the weight distribution is the perfect 50-50 in order to handle like a true Jaguar.
The results of the race are pretty surprising; we’re not really used in seeing a Tesla losing a race but the Jaguar I-Pace appears to have beaten both Model X versions with a relative ease.
Of course this being a race set up by Jaguar kind of makes us all take it with a grain of salt, but until the independent drag races take place, this will have to do for now.