Road Tests Real world tests of Model S vs Corvette

0-60mph

Model S
4 s
Corvette Z06
3.6 s

Top speed

Model S
130 mph
Corvette Z06
198 mph

0-100mph

Model S
9.5 s
Corvette Z06
8.3 s

1/4 mile

Model S
12.4 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Model S

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Model S

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More expensive sticker price $107k vs $74k Around 45% more expensive harder to own
Front view of Chevrolet Corvette

Reasons to consider the
Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Faster top speed 198 mph vs 130 mph 68 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM More than 20% stronger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 6.26 lb/hp vs 9.19 lb/hp More than 30% better power-to-weight ratio
Slightly faster in the quarter mile 12 s vs 12.4 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Lighter curb weight 3,130 lb vs 3,825 lb Around 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Slightly faster to 100mph 8.3 s vs 9.5 s Around 15% faster to 100mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Model S  vs
Corvette 
Brand Tesla Chevrolet
Price 107,350 74,305
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2011
City mileage 88 MPGe 15 MPG
Highway mileage 90 MPGe 24 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.19 lb/hp 6.26 lb/hp
Maximum hp 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

road tests

Model S  vs
Corvette 
Top speed 130 mph 198 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s 12 s
0-60mph 4 s 3.6 s
0-100mph 9.5 s 8.3 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD w/Electronic Traction Control
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 1 6

engine

Air compressor None None
Fuels
Electricity
Gas

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,825 lb 3,130 lb
Width 77.3 in 76 in
Height 56.5 in 49.1 in
Length 196 in 174.6 in
Wheelbase 116.5 in 105.7 in
Tesla Model S
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