The Tesla Model S Plaid is the fastest electric car on the market (except for the exotic Rimac Nevera), but is it fast enough to beat the Suzuki Hayabusa?
dragtimes I recently had a chance to check out the Plaid against a modified version of the Suzuki Hayabusa, which has a 1,340 cc (205 W) engine. Tesla has three electric motors, which together should produce 1,020 horsepower.
The result is very interesting because the Plaid’s instantaneous torque allowing it to start very quickly while shooting a motorcycle is a much more challenging. Once the Suzuki Hayabusa gains some speed, it accelerates faster than the Plaid.
In the first race, Tesla won, but in the second race, the Suzuki Hayabusa rider improved the start and beat Tesla.
- Tesla Model S Plaid: 9.360 seconds at 149.46 mph
- Modified Suzuki Hayabusa: 9.439 seconds at 154.46 mph
- Tesla Model S Plaid: 9.392 seconds at 148.97 mph
- Modified Suzuki Hayabusa: 9.355 seconds at 155.74 mph
The best time ever recorded for a Tesla Model S Plaid (stock) is 9.234 seconds.
Suzuki Hayabusa is one of the most powerful motorcycles on the market. We wonder if it will one day be offered in an electric version?
Tesla Model S Plaid Specifications:
- 19-inch wheels: Up to 396 miles (637 km) of EPA estimated range; 637 km (396 miles) WLTP
21-inch wheels: Up to 348 miles (560 km) of EPA estimated range; 628 km (390 miles) WLTP; 300 miles (483 km) in IEVs 70 mph test
- Battery capacity (see package here): N/A (about 99 kWh and usable 95 kWh)
7920 Lithium-ion 1865 cylindrical cells (Panasonic)
5 modules (1,584 cells each)
22S72P (22 rows in a row, each of 72 cells in parallel)
System about 450V (indicative value)
- 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 1.99 seconds (*minus)
0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.1 seconds (*minus minus)
MotorTrend0-60 mph (asphalt, non-minus): 2.28 seconds
- 1/4 mile 9.23 seconds at a trap speed of 155 mph according to the Tesla website
Professional test driver record for Tesla: 9.234 seconds at trap speed of 152.16 mph
Jay Leno clocked 1/4 mile from 9.247 seconds at a trap speed of 152.09 mph
Running DragTimes: 9.248 seconds at 151.83 mph
8.994 seconds at 155 mph at Maryland International Raceway (November 2021)
9.081 seconds at 154.10 mph – July 24, 2021 at the International Tech Circuit in St. Louis
- The Nürburgring Nordschleife clocked 7 minutes 35.579 seconds (9 September 2021)
- Top speed 200 mph (322 km/h) when equipped with the appropriate wheels and tires (available Fall 2021)
- Three-motor four-wheel drive (one engine in the front, two engines in the rear)
Permanent magnet – synchronous reluctance motors – PMSRM, all with carbon sleeved rotor
- System output: 1,020 hp (about 760 kW)
- DC fast charging: up to 250 kW (supercharger)
187 miles (301 km) can be renewed in 15 minutes
- Drag coefficient 0.208 Cd
- 19″ or 21″ wheels
- 28 cubic feet payload
- Weight 4,766 lb (2,162 kg)