Think about this for a second: A two-and-a-half ton EV with optional seating for seven is one of the most powerful cars in the world. Forget about Tesla’s up-and-down year, or the fact that the Model S is beginning to show its age. In 2016, not only is the once-disruptive Tesla flagship an established player in the luxury market, it’s one of the quickest cars in the world.
And it’s only getting quicker.
Tesla’s rise to the top of the performance world began when a video showing a P85D humiliating a 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat at a drag strip went viral. In the nearly two years since, it’s only gotten more powerful — or “ludicrous” in company parlance. The P100D now has 760 horsepower at its disposal, 69 horses more than the P85D. Top speed is still limited for 155 miles per hour, but it can now make the zero to 60 sprint in a mind-bending 2.5 seconds.
Range is also up to 315 miles on a charge, and it comes standard with the controversial Autopilot system too, but that zero to 60 time puts in a league with some cars you might not expect.
1. 1992-1998 McLaren F1
Nearly 25 years have passed since McLaren unleashed the million-dollar F1, a street-legal race car with a top speed of over 200 miles per hour that instantly became the standard for super cars ever since. Why did it make our list? Because Elon Musk owned one and called it the inspiration for Tesla’s dual-motor performance cars. And while the P85D could match its 3.2 second zero to 60 sprint, the P100D obliterates it by 0.7 seconds.