Ferrari and Tesla may seem like they’re in completely different realms of car development, one furthering the development of beautiful engines, one eliminating the engine completely, but the end result of both processes is the same: a beautiful car capable of insanely impressive performance.
But when you match the two up against each other, which one proves to be more powerful? Combustion, or electricity?
The P85D from Tesla is undeniably powerful, and has brought the electric vehicle up to par with today’s supercars. The 458 Speciale from Ferrari is one of the most powerful models the marque has ever produced, and an even more impressive iteration of their naturally-aspirated V8 sits under the hood. The Speciale is lighter, almost half the P85D’s weight, but the P85D has all the torque on its side – almost twice the Speciale’s.
Gumbal shows us the two taking each other on in a video added to YouTube June 7. A quarter-mile drag race was set up at the EuroSpeedWay to test the two. It’s a pretty fair match, though the caption says the 458 Speciale used in this video has been customized by JP Performance GmbH. Check out the spec comparison of the two below to decide for yourself which will win, then watch the video at the bottom to find out if you were right.
Engine: 4.5-liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Torque: 398 lb-ft
Dry Weight: 2,843 lbs
0-62 mph: 3.0 seconds
Top Speed: 202 mph
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Torque: 687 lb-ft
Dry Weight: 4,936 lbs
0-60 mph: 3.2 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph
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