Despite the fact that Tesla sold around 3,000 Model S EVs in 2012, the all-electric sedan is still a rare sight on US roads. This means that there aren`t all that many videos of it online (though the number is going up), so when a new one which shows off the car's performance is uploaded, we really don`t want to miss it.

In this particular video by DragTimes, the Model S is put up against a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, with the new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which makes as near as makes no difference 518 hp, without the performance pack, which this car doesn`t have anyway.

The two cars sprint off the line, and while the Tesla may have less horsepower (416 ponies, of which 386 make it to the wheels), its instant torque delivery and lack of time-consuming gearshifts means it pulls ahead of the Mercedes with ease.

Once they do get moving, the big Merc does begin to catch up, but in the real world, with actual traffic, corners and stoplights, the Tesla will leave the German car for dead. Still, even in this 0-110 mph or 0-176 km/h run, they were still very evenly-matched.

Watch the video and cast your own opinion.

By Andrei Nedelea