Road Tests Real world tests of Model S vs C63 AMG

0-60mph

Top speed

Model S
130 mph

0-100mph

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Model S

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Tesla Model S

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More expensive sticker price $107k vs $87k Around 25% more expensive harder to own
Car-autoblog view of Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

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Faster top speed 155 mph vs 130 mph 25 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 480 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM More than 15% stronger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.95 lb/hp vs 9.19 lb/hp Around 15% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Model S  vs
C63 AMG 
Brand Tesla Mercedes-Benz
Price 107,350 87,462
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2012
City mileage 88 MPGe 14 MPG
Highway mileage 90 MPGe 20 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.19 lb/hp 7.95 lb/hp
Maximum hp 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM 480 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Maximum torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM 442 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

road tests

Model S  vs
C63 AMG 
Top speed 130 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s 12.1 s
0-60mph 4 s 3.7 s
0-100mph 9.5 s 8.6 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 1 7

engine

Air compressor None None
Fuels
Electricity
Gas

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,825 lb 3,814 lb
Width 77.3 in 70.7 in
Height 56.5 in 56.6 in
Length 196 in 186 in
Wheelbase 116.5 in 108.9 in
Tesla Model S
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