Tesla Model S P85D vs Lamborghini Aventador Race

Tesla Model S P85D vs Lamborghini Aventador Race

Ever wonder if a 691-hp Tesla can beat a 691-hp Lamborghini in a drag race? I did. So I raced my new Tesla Model S P85D against my Lamborghini Aventador.

First impression: That 0-50 acceleration from the Tesla is insane. I had a feeling that it was faster than the Aventador from 0-50, because I never felt that kind of pressure on my chest before from accelerating. With the Tesla, it felt like a 50-lb person was laying flat on your face and chest and stays that way for a few seconds. The way the Aventador feels is like being a boat on strong waves and you keep rocking back and forth between the gear shifts. And at each gear shift, you feel like you’re being tugged very heavily or kicked in the back from behind (depending on how you want to view it). The Tesla felt more like you’re being dropped from the second floor but you’re falling horizontally and not vertically. They’re two completely different feelings of acceleration. What’s amazing is that the Tesla kept up with the Aventador all the way up to around 80 mph, which is probably the highest you’d want to go anyway if you wanted to keep your driving legal.

The race setup: To keep it a fair fight, I did not engage Thrust Mode on the Lamborghini Aventador, which is where you drop the clutch in at 4,500 RPM from neutral. My new Tesla only had 44 miles on the dash when this race started, so it might not have been broken in yet (though I don’t think it needed to be). You might have also noticed that Tesla was in the standard suspension setting and not the lowered one. For some reason, the suspension kept returning to “standard” from “low” after a certain mph (will look into this later). Still, this became a very close race, and I was surprised to see the Tesla accelerating faster than the Aventador, a modern-day, top-of-the-line Italian supercar.

Aventador Launch Control: If you want to see the video where the Aventador engages launch control against the P85D, it’s here: https://youtu.be/Ug-7s6IiHGI

Analysis: Off the line, it does appear that the Tesla can accelerate faster than the Aventador from 0-50 mph (1st gear on the Aventador). And then from 50-80 mph (2nd gear on the Aventador), the two cars appeared to be traveling at the same speed. But after the gear change at 80 mph to 3rd gear, it was very obvious that the Aventador was accelerating faster than the Tesla, and the Tesla couldn’t keep up anymore.

Addressing the rumors: Yes, this was the first Tesla P85D delivered in Orlando, and one of the first ones in Florida. And yes, the Tesla Model S P85D is a Christmas gift for my mother to replace her old 15-year-old red Toyota Corolla. I wanted her to drive a safer, more luxurious car, so for the past year, I’ve been taking her to car shows to secretly find out which car she liked the best. She chose the Tesla Model S over all the other cars (including the BMW i8). As soon as the P85D and autopilot were announced, I ordered one. And no, she doesn’t know about the car yet (she doesn’t follow my YouTube).

Of course, I couldn’t resist making this race happen as soon as I got behind the wheel to bring it home. I’ll post a walk-through/review video of it on my YouTube later along with a Tesla P85D vs Ferrari 458 Italia race video as well.

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Allen Wong
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Update: Here’s the video of the P85D against a Ferrari 458 Italia:

Note: These are professional drivers on empty roads. Please do not try this at home with your Tesla and Aventador.

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25 Responses

  1. Nick Manning says:

    +Rego Apps You say in your book “I was once hated for showing off my
    wealth, but now I try to hide my wealth as much as possible”. How are you
    trying to hide your wealth by racing your $140,000 Tesla and uploading the
    video on Youtube for everyone to see?

  2. Marques Brownlee says:

    I was waiting for this, and it did not disappoint.

    *Tesla Model S P85D vs Lamborghini Aventador*

  3. Johnny Phung says:

    Ever wonder if a 691-hp Tesla can beat a 691-hp Lamborghini in a drag race?

  4. 2014andBeyonD says:

    What most people tent to forget here is that the Tesla is a luxurious,
    heavy, spacey, four door family car. A family car that is tested against an
    Avantador. That thought alone.. It doesn’t matter how you put it, that is a
    major win already. Imagine a stripped to the bone beefed up carbon fiber
    P85D.. It would be out of this world fast.

  5. Harry Maddox says:

    While not as fast this shows the power and speed available from electric
    motors. Ultimately the technology will advance to where battery/electric
    cars will compete in the real world. I will have a hard time adjusting to
    the lack of rumble from a naturally aspirated V-8 or a supercharged V-12.

  6. Mikhail Pugliano says:

    even for the non-dual clutch transmission of the aventador, it seems to be
    shifting really slow especially in the POV angle you can hear it. Was it in
    the racing mode? Anyways the tesla is a beast, the instant power of the
    electric motor compared to the gradual increase of power delivery in
    combustion engines really shows in this vid

  7. Edgar Doiron says:

    Ever wonder if a 691-hp Tesla can beat a 691-hp Lamborghini in a drag race?

  8. somedude says:

    To those saying: “The Avantador should have been using Launch Control!”

    You realize that you are saying that a purpose built sports supercar that
    generates the same amount of power, costs nearly 3 times as much as the
    Tesla, weighs 800lbs LESS, and sits 2 people NEEDS launch control to beat a
    7 seater electric sedan?!?!?!?

    Completely undeniable that the lambo got within nose distance of the Tesla
    at the 80mph mark… but you realize that should only happen if the Tesla
    had about a quarter less weight than the lambo… it had 800lb MORE
    weight!!! So, whats the conclusion. The Tesla, the car in its 3rd year of
    production was engineered for speed by at least an order of magnitude more
    than the Lambo which celebrated half a century on this planet in October of
    LAST YEAR.

    In essence, in 10 years of design and 3 years of production, Tesla has a
    car that is designed to carry more weight and beat a Lambo in the 0 – 60
    test without launch control. If you add lunch control, then I would say
    that Tesla should unlimit the electric motors and add a higher density
    battery pack and swap out the inverter for a track performance inverter.
    (P85D’s are currently performance limited awaiting a performance upgrade
    over the 3G link)

    Look, I’m a gear head, but this is insane. There is no excuse for a top 10
    fastest production supercar to be in competition with any sedan in any
    metric with “speed” in it. For crying out loud, the reason these companies
    exist is to challenge and own speed titles which no other car type can even
    fathom. For those too young to remember it; before September 2014, that
    sentence would have been the punch line to a very silly joke… Not anymore

  9. Davey L says:

    Considering the Tesla is over 2 tonnes, is designed as a family Sedan, has
    a massive interior fit for a family and can seat up to 7 (with two optional
    for children) and can out accelerate the Aventador up to a reasonable
    speed, that’s impressive.

    Now, comparing the two, if the Aventador was loaded to weigh the same as
    the Tesla, I dare say it wouldn’t catch it up to any speed. Electric
    rotors maintain a fairly linear looking torque curve across a huge speed
    range, unlike ICE’s, which means that Tesla Engineers have deliberately
    moded the powertrain to only deliver full performance on stop light starts,
    rather than across the speeds past 30mph – presumably to make sure the car
    is a safe drive as a family car beyond 30+ mph. After all, it is a
    performance family car, not designed as a two seater engine with wheels!

    There really is no comparing the two technologies, electrical AC rotors way
    out perform ICE’s – also considering the Tesla’s two AC rotors are about
    the size of melons, whereas the Aventador’s is pretty much most of the car
    size itself, it kind puts things into perspective!

  10. trippinghard says:

    Holy shit that sound! In front of Tesla, Aventador feels old and unrefined
    yuk! Petrolheads can go to hell.

  11. Sandro Schmidt says:

    Da sieht man mal das die Elektroautos richtig Dampf haben

  12. myairspace121 says:

    “Note: These are professional drivers on empty roads. Please do not try
    this at home with your Tesla and Aventador.”

    Yeah, Allen, let me just get my keys…

  13. dabom0282 says:

    I’m sure you’re asked this a lot, but what do you do for a living?

  14. John b says:

    If the tesla was 4wd then the start would be even more insane. But it would
    still lose

  15. TheGearShift says:

    Tesla Model S vs. Lamborghini Aventador lp 700-4

    #tesla #teslamodels #lamborghini #lamborghiniaventador #race #supercars
    #exotic #TheGearShift

    After the battle between a Tesla Model S and a Ferrari 550, the electric
    powered vehicle faces another opponent from Italy. This time is the
    Lamborghini Aventador lp 700-4.
    As a reminder Model S produces 691hp and 687 lb-ft of torque, with the
    ability to reach 100kmh (60mph) in 3.2 seconds, while the Aventador also
    produces 691hp with a claimed 0-100kmh speed time in 2.9 seconds.
    So who will win ? Watch the video to find out. Enjoy!

  16. Glistering Melon says:

    Its so weird not hearing noise from the Tesla its amazing

  17. grosano95 says:

    The Aventador wasn’t even trying! With Thrust mode (launch control) and
    Corsa’s superfast gearshift there’s no chance…

    Nice video BTW! 

  18. Joe Immler says:

    All right all right, a drag race video with a Tesla vs a Lamborghini and
    multiple angles… 

  19. shazaibbiazahs says:

    that thing looks like a fucking family car

  20. McDaniel77 says:

    Tesla Model S is so cool! Best car today!

  21. Spyder Seven says:

    I find it satisfying both that the Tesla pulls off the line first with that
    torque, and that the Lamborghini shrieked ahead after a few gears. Our work
    on this nascent electric car technology and the might of a hundred years of
    study and development in ICEs and chassis are wonderful pieces of
    engineering.

  22. Maik Einhorn says:

    Drag race between $120K car and a $400K car.

    First impressions: That 0-50 acceleration from the Tesla is insane. Never
    felt that kind of pressure on my chest before from accelerating. With the
    Tesla, it felt like a 50-lb person was laying flat on your face and chest
    and stays that way for a few seconds. The way the Aventador feels is like
    being a boat on strong waves and you keep rocking back and forth between
    the gear shifts. And at each gear shift, you feel like you’re being tugged
    very heavily or kicked in the back from behind (depending on how you want
    to view it).

    Comment: Who wants to be kicked in the back. :)

  23. stgz13 says:

    I dont like the fact that the tesla doesnt have a gear box, it makes it
    seem like it would just be fast on takeoffs

  24. 2011FordMustangGTCS says:

    Using the P85D as the daily now instead of the Aventador?

  25. gölge adam says:

    I love you Tesla