2013 Tesla Model S P85 vs 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z51

January 27th, 2014

Here is another featured race from the StreetCarDrags.com event at Palm Beach International Raceway this past weekend.  We put our 2013 Tesla Model S P85  heads up against the brand new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z51 with the 6 speed automatic transmission.

It’s a rehash of our wildly popular Tesla vs Viper race we did last year where we pit new age American electric against modern American muscle and the results were similar with the Tesla Model S winning one race and the Chevrolet Corvette winning the other.

Tesla Model S vs Chevrolet Corvette StingrayTech Specs:

  • 2013 Tesla Model S P85: 415 HP, 4,690 pounds, no transmission
  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: 460HP, 3,450 pounds, 6 speed automatic transmission

Can the Tesla Model S with 45 less horsepower carrying 1,240 more pounds keep up with the Corvette Stingray?    Click play below and find out…




15 Responses to “2013 Tesla Model S P85 vs 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z51”

  1. greg q Says:

    Telsa only close become ur counting reaction time and he had an awesome reaction time.
    Corvette ran 12.0 to Telsa 12.3

  2. RobS Says:

    Now get back to me when the Vette can carry 5 people with more cargo space than many SUV’s, with the option to make that seven passengers if you can make do with luggage in the frunk.

  3. SethA Says:

    The video suggests that the Tesla was faster when it’s clearly a slower car. He appeared to win because of a better reaction time but being .3 slower and a whopping 8 mph slower isn’t even a close race. If you count reaction time, then technically you can beat anything if they sleep at the light long enough.

  4. Rod M Says:

    @greg q – Reaction is huge. That’s why drag racing rivalries exist and cars are not just run without drivers. Might as well just read boring dymo numbers instead of race. Same cars get different results over and over on the strip. Driver reaction, traction, etc. is what is really being tested (after the obvious “can the machines keep up or get blown away despite driver skill”. Point is…Telsa S is a monster 5-7 person sedan with tons of cargo space in front and back, using electric power to get massive acceleration. Corvette is another fantastic American made sports car that keeps getting cooler. (I have owned 5 vettes in the decade 2000. Prefer driving my Tesla for comfort, cornering, almost zero noise and of course, incredible acceleration on the straight plus cornering on the course.

  5. jimbo Says:

    .3s and 8mph might be huge on a drag strip. But that difference is so insignificant as to be completely irrelevant when deciding which car to buy. Not that any rational person would be deciding between these 2 particular cars anyway……As stated by others, the Tesla seats 5 adults and 2 kids with plenty of cargo space left under the hood and still some in the rear. It also looks awesome, never needs to be driven to the gas station, has a mean interior, and I’ve not driven it but everyone claims the instant and unending torque is other-worldly. The corvette is a cool, fast car, much like many others before and since. The Tesla is a paradigm shift.

  6. Gil Says:

    Ah! reaction time when races when cars are close in performance. From an ET stand point the ‘vette is quicker, but the point is with all the shit folks talked about Tesla the P85 is an opponent now; and it’s a electric car not a hybrid. Thanks Mr. Musk hopefully now they’ll realize your serious.

  7. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater Says:

    Just wait ’til the Model S gets a front motor and higher-voltage battery 😉

  8. Jolinar Says:

    AWD Model S with its second front motor is coming this year, that will be THE monster 😀

  9. Rick Says:

    Let’s see, the corvette can make consistent runs after run all day long, while the Telsa will make how many back to back runs before the batteries run down and performance drops off. In this case the slow and steady corvette turtle will get the distance and performance, while the battery operated hair will lose.

    It was a ridiculous oranges to apples match up anyway. Is the Telsa the best battery operated car….probably for now. The corvette, Ferrari, Viper, Porsche etc combustion engine driven cars, well the debate goes on.

  10. Shawn Lawless Says:

    I drove my Tesla S 1300 miles from Ohio to the race in one day, recharged at Port Orange, raced Brooks in his S multiple times as well as a 9 .2 second electric street car, got a quick charge back at Port Orange at TGI Fridays, then drove up to Orlando with 120 miles range to spare. The S combined with the Tesla Supercharger is THE game changer. I am coming back as soon as I get the second motor installed. This should leave us with all wheel drive and 900 plus HP. Should be a tick quicker than a Veyron but a tick slower than our electric S10 in the quarter. Thanks Drag Times for a great day of racing!

  11. mike Says:

    This was A Tesla Model S P85 – the P85+ is 1/2 second faster – ergo – the Vette can only make run after run if the owner can afford the fuel and the cancer causing pathogens produced – perhaps if the AC is on with recirc –

  12. admin Says:

    The P85+ isn’t any faster….

  13. Randall Says:

    The S may benefit from another gear. Notice how the Vette begins to gain at the end. That’s because the S’ s torque begins to drop after 5 K rpm. A second gear would allow it to regain torque.

  14. Rails Says:

    Both are beautiful and powerful cars. Tesla has excellent acceleration due to electric motors. Range is a bit of a problem as well as recharging. BTW, the electricity most likely comes from coal. I am a C6 Corvette owner and love the ride and looks. Wish I could carry four people. C7 is probably about $60K as run. Tesla probably around $75K. Can’t wait to see the next shootout, Tesla versus ZO6.

  15. ELROY Says:

    Its actually pretty amazing that the heavy M5 and E63 AMG sedans trap faster than this Corvette. (120mph+). And run 11 second qtr mile times.

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