Huracan Performante And Model S Compete For Drag Race Supremacy

Italian power vs electric precision.

It’s no surprise that both of these competitors are very quick. However, they both put down their performance in very different ways; while the Lamborghini is bombastically Italian in every single way, the Tesla is dead-silent but puts down ridiculous power – thanks in part to a clever trick up its sleeve.

Before we get to the race results, let’s do the numbers. Representing internal combustion, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante boasts a 5.2-liter V10 engine producing 630 horsepower (470 kilowatts) to all four wheels – all of that power in a package that weighs just over 3,000 pounds (1,360.7 kilograms).

Gallery: 2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante

Comparatively, the special Model S Performance is also all-wheel drive and puts out 823 hp (613 kW). Along with its crazy power figure, it has a new drag racing mode which lowers the suspension on launch. However, the big drawback comes with its weight penalty as it tips the scales at a whopping 4,940 lbs (2,241 kg).

Unsurprisingly, the Tesla wins the initial race from the hit; its cheater launch mode and bigger power numbers are simply impossible to beat off-the-line. However, the Model S couldn’t compete with the Huracan Performante’s top-end performance at the end of the run. Quite surprisingly, things are much the same in the 0-100-0 test which you’d guess would be a shoo-in for the electric competitor – it was anything but. We’d wager its weight penalty hurt its performance not only in braking but also acceleration. 

Regardless, any opportunity to race vehicles like these is a victory for car geeks like us. Even though electric power wasn’t victorious this time, it goes to show the entertainment factor of a simple heads-up drag race.


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