VIDEO: Can a Twin-Turbo Audi R8 V10 Beat a Tesla Model S Plaid?

When the Tesla Model S Plaid first debuted, it shocked the world with its immense speed. In fact, it’s still technically the fastest production car in the world, thanks to its 1,020 horsepower, triple-motor setup. With rollout, the Plaid can hit 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds and run a quarter-mile in just over nine seconds, which is flat-out bonkers. But can an Audi R8 V10, which is fast from the factory, tuned to 1,700 horsepower take it down?


In this new video from Hoonigan, we get to see just that. This Audi R8 V10 is tuned with twin-turbochargers and 680 horsepower more than the Tesla. It’s also lighter, due to not having any heavy battery packs. Both cars are all-wheel drive and the Tesla does have an throttle advantage, as its electric motors put power down instantly, while the R8’s torque needs a bit of time to build. So which car is faster?

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Let’s be real, the Audi R8 V10 won the race, pretty handily. The Tesla is an absurdly fast car, one that’s capable of crushing your eyeballs back into your skull from sheer g-forces alone. However, this mega-tuned Audi R8 has almost 700 horsepower more and weighs 1,100 lbs less. So of course it won the quarter-mile drag race.

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However, it didn’t win by as much as you might think. The Tesla really hung in there with the Audi, despite being outgunned and overweight. It’s a testament to not only electric power but Tesla’s motor efficiency. It’s really able to eek every last drop of power out of that triple-motor setup and make insane performance, despite its heavy curb weight.

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In the end, though, it was the 1,700 horsepower, twin-turbocharged Audi R8 V10 that won the day. It also looks better, obviously sounds a helluva lot better, and is far cooler. Though, the Tesla is able to hang with a monster R8 and still drive home in silence and comfort. There’s certainly something attractive about that.


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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.