Road Tests Real world tests of Model S vs Impreza WRX STI


Top speed

Model S
130 mph
Impreza WRX STI
158 mph

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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Much more expensive sticker price $107k vs $30k More than 3.5x more expensive harder to own
Faster in the quarter mile 12.4 s vs 13.5 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 60mph 4 s vs 5 s 20% faster to 60mph
More torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM vs 300 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM Around 50% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 296 HP @ 6,000 RPM More than 40% stronger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 9.19 lb/hp vs 11.21 lb/hp Around 20% better power-to-weight ratio
Side view of Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Faster top speed 158 mph vs 130 mph 28 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Lighter curb weight 3,319 lb vs 3,825 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Model S  vs
Impreza WRX STI 
Brand Tesla Subaru
Price 107,350 30,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2011
City mileage 88 MPGe 17 MPG
Highway mileage 90 MPGe 23 MPG


Drivetrain RWD 4WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 1 6



physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,825 lb 3,319 lb
Width 77.3 in 70.7 in
Height 56.5 in 57.9 in
Length 196 in 180.3 in
Wheelbase 116.5 in 103.3 in

road tests

Model S  vs
Impreza WRX STI 
Top speed 130 mph 158 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s 13.5 s
0-60mph 4 s 5 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.19 lb/hp 11.21 lb/hp
Maximum hp 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM 296 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM 300 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
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