We start this short article with a question for you, Motor1.com reader. Do you differentiate between fast and fast? This is a legitimate question because some people see them as one and the same. Others – your author included – understand that quickly defines the ultimate speed, while fast defines how long it takes to get there.
This is remarkable in the world of Tesla, because the world knows that these electric cars are very fast. The Model X P100D featured in this new video from TopSpeed Germany can hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, which matches or beats most hypercars on the planet. It’s not bad for nothing, not to mention a full-size SUV that can carry six people. But does this acceleration also lead to an incredibly fast top speed?
The video takes us through a sprint on an unrestricted stretch of motorway in Germany, and we see the Model X wasting no time going over 100 mph (161 km / h). However, it can’t quite keep up with a BMW M6 which is also accelerating on the highway. Cranking from a standstill would be another story, but at high speeds the EV’s instant torque advantage is lost. The Model X driver stays on the accelerator after the Bimmer cools down, and speed gradually increases to about 140 mph (225 km / h), then a few inches higher. Finally, a small descent allows the Model X to hit 250 km / h, which translates to 155 mph.
It’s certainly not slow, but it’s a good example of how fast and fast aren’t really the same thing. There is a plethora of hypercars that hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and stretch their legs beyond 200 mph, with the McLaren 720S instantly springing to mind. In the SUV realm, the Lamborghini Urus is just a bit slower at 60mph but tops out at 190mph.
Maybe that’s why this video is quite interesting, because we’re so used to seeing Tesla’s lineup absolutely humiliating fast cars with quick acceleration. It’s not the same story on the other end of the performance spectrum, but even still, quiet 155mph cruising definitely ranks at the top of the cool factor.