Celebrated automotive show presenter and enthusiast from the UK, Jeremy Clarkson, put a Tesla Model X SUV against an Audi R8 V10 supercar. And the whole race appeared on ‘The Grand Tour’, an automotive show that Clarkson hosts with James May and Richard Hammond, for Amazon. Here is a video of Clarkson putting the world’s fastest electric SUV to test against a petrol supercar. The race between the supercar and the electric SUV begins at 5:46.
The Tesla Model X – an electric SUV – actually beats the Audi R8 supercar with a V10 petrol engine. That’s how the Model X is, and how quick a lot of upcoming electric cars can be. The Model X features two electric motors – the one at the front making 259 PS and the other at the rear putting out 503 PS. Together, the total torque output of the Model X is a massive 967 Nm.
This gives the SUV really brutal acceleration. It can go from rest to 100 Kph in just 4.8 seconds. Top speed is 250 Kph. Tesla also sells a faster version of the Model X called the P90D, which has even more insane acceleration, going from standstill to 100 Kph in an faster 3.8 seconds. Then there’s the ‘Ludicrous’ mode. When this mode is activated, the acceleration becomes rocket-like, with the Model X taking just 3.2 seconds to hit 100 Kph. Top speed is rated at 250 Kph.
And when needed, the Model X can carry 7 adults, has autonomous driving, and can be summoned to you while you’re waiting at the hotel foyer. The Audi R8 on the other hand is a two seat supercar that is as impractical as only supercars can be. It is a truly involving car to drive though, beating the Tesla Model X many times over in terms of the feel and fun it offers while driven spiritedly. The R8 in this test features a V10, naturally aspirated petrol engine with 518 Bhp-530 Nm. With an all-wheel drive layout as standard, the R8 V10 does the 0-100 Kph run in 3.4 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 316 Kph.