Road Tests Real world tests of Model S vs Veyron


Model S
4 s
2.7 s

Top speed

Model S
130 mph
253 mph


Model S
9.5 s
5.1 s

1/4 mile

Model S
12.4 s
10.2 s

Braking distance at 60mph

Model S
113 ft
103 ft

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Model S

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Model S

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Lighter curb weight 3,825 lb vs 4,162 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Bugatti Veyron

Reasons to consider the
Bugatti Veyron

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Faster top speed 253 mph vs 130 mph 123 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more expensive sticker price $1.50M vs $107k More than 14x more expensive harder to own
Much more powerful engine 987 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM More than 2.2x stronger engine
Much more torque 922 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM vs 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM More than 2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Has an air compressor Quad turbocharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
A lot faster in the quarter mile 10.2 s vs 12.4 s Around 20% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 100mph 5.1 s vs 9.5 s More than 45% faster to 100mph
Sticky cornering g 1.4 g vs 0.89 g More than 55% sticky cornering g
Faster stopping from 60mph 103 ft vs 113 ft Around 10% faster stopping from 60mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Model S  vs
Brand Tesla Bugatti
Price 107,350 1,500,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2005
City mileage 88 MPGe 6 MPG
Highway mileage 90 MPGe 13 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.19 lb/hp 4.22 lb/hp
Maximum hp 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM 987 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM 922 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Air compressor None Quad turbocharger

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,825 lb 4,162 lb
Width 77.3 in 78.7 in
Height 56.5 in 47.4 in
Length 196 in 175.6 in
Wheelbase 116.5 in 106.7 in

road tests

Model S  vs
Top speed 130 mph 253 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s 10.2 s
0-60mph 4 s 2.7 s
0-100mph 9.5 s 5.1 s
Distance 113 ft 103 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.89 g 1.4 g


Drivetrain RWD 4x4
Gearing Traditional Continuously-variable
# of gears 1 N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc 15.8 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Disc 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Tesla Model S
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Bugatti Veyron
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