Road Tests Real world tests of Roadster vs LaFerrari


2.7 s

Top speed

Roadster Base
119 mph
217 mph

1/4 mile

Roadster Base
12.7 s
9.72 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Roadster

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Roadster Base

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Much higher redline 13,500 RPM vs 9,250 RPM More than 45% more revs
Slightly lighter curb weight 2,500 lb vs 2,766 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Ferrari LaFerrari

Reasons to consider the
Ferrari LaFerrari

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Faster top speed 217 mph vs 119 mph 98 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more powerful engine 950 HP @ 9,000 RPM vs 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM More than 3.2x stronger engine
A lot faster in the quarter mile 9.72 s vs 12.7 s Around 25% faster at the drag strip
Much more expensive sticker price $1.30M vs $109k Around 12x more expensive harder to own
Much more torque 663 ft-lb @ 6,750 RPM vs 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM More than 3.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster to 60mph 2.7 s vs 3.7 s More than 25% faster to 60mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Roadster  vs
Brand Tesla Ferrari
Price 109,000 1,300,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008 2013


Body style Coupe Coupe


Drivetrain RWD Rear wheel drive
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 2 7

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

road tests

Roadster  vs
Top speed 119 mph 217 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 9.72 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 2.7 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 2.91 lb/hp
Maximum hp 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM 950 HP @ 9,000 RPM
Maximum torque 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM 663 ft-lb @ 6,750 RPM
Max RPM 13,500 RPM 9,250 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Weight distribution 35%/65% 41%/59%
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion


Air compressor None None

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,500 lb 2,766 lb
Width 73.7 in 78.4 in
Height 44.4 in 43.9 in
Length 155.4 in 185.1 in
Wheelbase 92.6 in 104.3 in
Tesla Roadster Base
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Ferrari LaFerrari
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