In the video by Drag Times, the Tesla is put to a scrutinizing test on a dynamometer to measure it more accurately than just pitting it against exotic sports cars.
The test takes a couple tries as the torque output it so immediate, the Model S spins its wheels a couple times, ruining the first test runs. The dual electric motors of the sedan put out the combined equivalent of 691-horsepower, and the acceleration stats say the car can do 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, but there’s no real mention of official torque numbers.
When the Drag Times crew finally get the P85D to behave itself, the result is a staggering peak output of 864 foot-pounds of torque. To put that into perspective, the Pagani Huayra supercar’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 can only muster 740 foot-pounds. The Tesla also holds way more people – seven total if you pop two kids in the optional rear-facing jump seats.
Given that electric motors tend to generate plenty of torque in a hurry, it’s not surprising that the number is high on the Model S, we just weren’t expecting such a substantial figure. It should make for some interesting red light encounters for any would-be challengers thinking that they could best a simple electric sedan. They’ll be in for a shock.