Tesla Model S Beats Viper on Drag Strip [Video]
If you needed even more proof that the Tesla Model S is properly quick, by any standards, we highly recommend you check out the video above. The car was recently put up against a previous-generation 2004 Dodge Viper SRT-10, which features an 8.3-liter V10 engine, with over 500 hp.
The Dodge has a claimed 0-62 mph or 0-100km/h time of just under four seconds, so it is comparable to the claimed time of the 414 hp all-electric Model S, which Tesla claims completes the benchmark sprint in just over 4 seconds (they say 4.4, but the actual figure is actually lower).
The video, courtesy of DragTimes, shows the two cars being put head to head on a smooth and even drag strip, so it`s all down to which car is quicker, and there are no exterior factors which could corrupt the result.
The electric car sprints off the line much quicker than the Viper, which actually looks and feels very sluggish. The EV pulls a comfortable lead on the V10 car, and despite the fact that by the end of the quarter-mile, it is beginning to gain ground, the Tesla still nails it in the end.