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  • Not even a $3 million Koenisegg Jesko can beat the Taycan Turbo S to 60 mph
  • “Cheaper” cars like the BMW M5 CS are a full second slower to 60 than the Model S Plaid
  • EVs have stunningly low 0-60 times thanks to instant torque and AWD grip

We all know how fast electric vehicles can be. A combination of AWD, four electric motors, and instantaneous torque leads to stunning 0-60 times. So, we thought it would be important to put those crazy numbers into perspective via the Tesla Model S Plaid and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Porsche and Tesla make two of the fastest “budget” EVs on the market, and they can eat supercars for breakfast.

A black Tesla Model S Plaid EV shot against a plaid background from the front
The Tesla Model S Plaid EV | Tesla

1. The Tesla Model S Plaid EV hits 60 faster than Koenigsegg’s Jesko

A white Koenigsegg Jesko supercar shot from the front 3/4 at the Geneva Motor Show
Koenigsegg’s Jesko hits 60 in 2.5 seconds | Martyn Lucy via Getty Images

First, the raw data. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S costs $185,000 MSRP and runs a 2.4 second 0-60 time. The Tesla Model S Plaid EV will hit 60 mph in 2.1 seconds and run you $131,190. Now for the first supercar, rather, megacar as Koenigsegg likes to call it, that these two can beat to 60 mph. The Koenigsegg Jesko costs $3 million, and it’s basically Bullet Bill for rich people. A 2.5 seconds 0-60 time makes the Jesko feel aged and conventional compared to our EV benchmarks.

2. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S EV is faster to 60 than a McLaren P1

Let’s keep going with another supercar. The McLaren P1 was at one point, the fastest car anyone had ever seen do a 1/4 mile drag race. But despite its $1.15 million price tag and 2.6 second 0-60 time, both the Tesla Model S Plaid and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S EV are faster for less money.

3. A BMW M5 CS isn’t faster than the fastest electric cars

A dark green BMW M5 CS shot from the front 3/4
The M5 CS is the most powerful M Car ever made | BMW

Now let’s make things a little more competitive for the dinosaur killers. The BMW M5 CS is the most powerful M Car ever made. And, at $142,995 it’s priced a little closer to our EV benchmarks. Unfortunately for the M5, its 627 hp has nothing on the two 700+ hp EVs, and it takes 2.9 seconds to hit 60 mph. That’s almost a full second slower than the Plaid.

4. Not even the Audi RS6 Avant stands a chance

A red Audi RS6 Avant shot from the front 3/4 on a beach
The Audi RS6 Avant in Tango Red | Audi

At a bare minimum, the Audi RS6 Avant has the advantage of practialtiy over the Tyacan and the Plaid. But even 690 hp and AWD can help the $120,000 RS6 hit 60 in less than 3.1 seconds. While our two benchmark EVs may not deliver a similarly visceral driving experience to any of these supercars, wagons, and sedans, they do have speed going for them. Maybe think twice the next time your local Tesla Bro wants a drag race.


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