Video: Bmw M5 versus Tesla Model S

Article by Christian A., on October 10, 2012

Who would have thought a drag race between a Tesla Model S electric sedan and a 2013 BMW M5 would be a close one? Not many people would but that’s exactly what happened when automobilemag.com contributor Ezra Dyer pitted these two luxury sedans against each other at Gingerman Raceway in western Michigan.

In this impromptu drag race, both vehicles had to go from 0-to-100-mph. Let’s compare them. The 2013 BMW M5 uses a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine with an output of 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. It has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. The EPA said that the car has a fuel economy rating of 14/20 mpg (city/highway).

On the other hand, the 2013 Tesla Model S Performance is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor rated for 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It has lower power than the BMW but its motor instantly produces its torque while the M5′s torque band peaks at 1500 rpm.

Supporting the Tesla’s electric motor is an 85-kWh lithium-ion battery that the company believes will result to a driving range of about 300 miles per charge. There’s not much difference between the two in terms of price and weight. The BMW M5 has a sticker price of $106,695 (after destination) and has a weight of 4387 lbs. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model S Performance has price tag of $102,270 and weighs 4640 lbs.

The pioneering fully electronic sedan, Tesla Model S, is a development in car engineering. The blend of efficiency, performance and safety, has changed the world's standards for the automobiles of this century with the top features of any electric cars, best safety ratings, and over-the-air (OTA) software developments that constantly make it better.

Tesla Architecture

Developed on the platform of Tesla, Model S’s exceptionally low center of gravity is due to its battery’s location on the floor. This feature decreases the danger of rollover while improving handling and performance. Without an engine, the new model has a crumple zone bigger than other performance sedans to bear the energy of a front end impact.

Safety

Tesla Model S is among the safest automobiles on the road. Most of its safety prowess is due to the distinctive electric drivetrain underneath the vehicle. Its rollover risk is minimized because of its low center gravity. Euro NCAP and NHTSA 5-star safety ratings prove the model’s safety record. In addition to the latter, a testing of the model in the U.S. set a record of the lowest probability of injury to passengers.

With standard dynamic safety features, Tesla Model S continues to be the safest vehicle on the road. The safety features include an auto-emergency braking, a blind spot recognition, collision notice, lane departure warning, and optional accessibility features like autopark, autosteer, summon and traffic-aware cruise control.

Electric All Wheel Drive

Tesla Model S has two motors (one in front and another in the rear). This means that the unit can digitally and separately control the torque distributed to the wheels in the front and rear.

The outcome is unrivaled traction control in all environments. Unlike the usual all-wheel drive cars, the model’s Electric All Wheel Drive system stays fuel efficient even in increased traction.

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