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Is the Tesla Model S Plaid Enough to Demolish the Dodge Demon?

The Tesla Model S Plaid is the latest thing from Tesla — proving that you can have luxury and performance in one electric vehicle (for a high price). But, is the performance offered by the Plaid enough to crush a drag-race king like the Dodge Demon, or will this electric car fall just a bit short?

The Tesla Model S Plaid is joining the ranks of the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT to prove that electric luxury cars can offer everything buyers are looking for without compromise. Performance, luxury, and features combine for high prices to provide a single vehicle that disposes of the need to own multiple vehicles — no longer do we have to have a boring and responsible daily driver and a secondary fun and less practical weekend roadster. The Tesla Model S Plaid offers surprising performance, and if you don’t believe the stats alone, you should definitely believe it from this epic drag race between the Plaid and the well-established dominator of the drag-racing world, the Dodge Demon.

How fast is the Tesla Model S Plaid?

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We’ve heard plenty of rumors on the sub-2 second 0 – 60 second time of the upcoming Tesla Roadster — which far outshines the performance of the original Tesla Roadster that so many people have already forgotten about. While we expect modern yet modest features from Tesla vehicles, such as the latest and greatest technology that we haven’t seen in other cars, as well as some nerdy and fun hidden Easter Eggs, the Tesla Model S Plaid also offers some surprising performance statistics:

  • The Tesla Model S Plaid has a reported top speed of 200 mph (faster than any driver could actually go on a public road) according to Tesla
  • At peak power, the Model S Plaid offers an astonishing 1,020 hp all available within fractions of a second due to the vehicle’s electric motor, rather than the lag of a gasoline-powered engine
  • It has a 0 – 60 mph time reported at 1.99 seconds — better make sure you’re headed is resting back against the headrest before launching
  • This electric luxury and performance vehicle doesn’t sacrifice range like other competitors do, with an average overall range of 396 miles on a single charge

How does the Tesla Model S Plaid compare to the Dodge Demon?

The Dodge Demon is known for its sheer power, and it is rarer still than the Dodge Hellcat. On paper, the Dodge Demon doesn’t seem like it stands a chance against the Tesla Model S Plaid — which is surprising because it is still an incredibly fast and capable vehicle both on the road and on the track. According to the Dupont Registry, the Demon offers as much as 840 hp when running race fuel, several hundred horsepower shy of the Plaid. But any drag-racing fan knows that there is more to having a fast vehicle than just power: weight, torque, and aerodynamics must work together in perfect, optimized harmony to create a fast vehicle. That isn’t any less true with the Dodge Demon, which has a 0 – 60 mph time that is headache-inducingly fast at 2.1 seconds.

Gasoline-powered muscle versus all-electric performance

Since the re-introduction and growing popularity of electric vehicles, muscle car enthusiasts and many consumers have been skeptical about performance and capability. Both new companies like Tesla and companies rich in engineering and racing history like Porsche have shown that electric cars aren’t just a good option for environmentally concerned buyers, they also offer shocking performance that threatens the need for gasoline-powered engines altogether. But, if you want to check out the results of a drag race between a high-powered track-killer like the Dodge Demon and the new Tesla Model S Plaid, you’ll just have to watch it for yourself…


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