The flagship of the Tesla Model S range, the Model S Performance, comes with a power rating of 301 kilowatts (416 horsepower) as well as an 85 kWh battery pack that the EPA says is good for about 265 miles of driving range.
As we’ll see in this video posted up by Drag Times, a regular Tesla Motors [NASDQ:TSLA] Model S Performance accelerates to 60 mph from rest in just 3.9 seconds and goes on to pass the quarter mile in 12.371 seconds at 110.84 mph. This makes it the quickest electric car currently in production.
With seating capacity for seven (five adults and two children using rear-facing jump seats) and that heavy battery pack, the Model S Performance shouldn’t be this quick, but the video above proves it.
It’s clear the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 had a bad start, so we won’t go into discussing why it got dusted by the Tesla.
For the record, the Model S Performance’s weight came in at a hefty 4,690 pounds and its electric motor’s size is comparable with that of a regular office trash can. And the car doesn’t even come with a proper transmission, just a single-speed gear reduction system that delivers the electric motor's power to the rear wheels.
With performance like this from its family sedan, we wonder what Tesla has in store for its successor to the original Roadster. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has previously referred to the car as being a supercar, and we have no doubt it will be.
If you’re interested in the Model S Performance seen in this video, pricing for the latest model starts at $94,900. A base Model S with a 270-kilowatt (362 horsepower) electric motor will set you back $59,900. Note, both prices exclude federal tax credits for electric cars.