06 Jul '13, 12am

Tesla may be understating performance of 60-kWh Model S

Under the "sign us up for that job" heading, the crew at Drag Times took it upon themselves to perform some straight-line road tests with a 60-kWh Tesla Model S . And the publication found that the automaker may have been a bit too modest about the performance levels of that particular all-electric sedan, something that perhaps BMW is already aware of . Specifically, the 60-kWh car, in repeated dashes, went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds, a full 0.8 seconds faster than what Tesla estimates. And for the quarter-mile, the tested 13.7-second time was a half-second quicker than the automaker's number. The publication – which earlier calculated that each drag run in an 85-kWh Model S costs around a nickel's worth of energy – surmised that Tesla's understatement may have something to do with the car's horsepower, which Tesla estimates at 302 but which, according to t...

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