Since the Model X’s launch in September, Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been boasting it has created the world’s quickest sports utility vehicle (SUV). Although a number of people disagree with this claim, famous American car magazine Motor Trend has confirmed that the electric vehicle indeed has the fastest 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in its category.
Emphasizing that Tesla’s crossover cannot be challenged in terms of acceleration, Motor Trends says: “The Tesla Model X is the first fully-electric SUV or crossover ever produced that provides a practical range on a single charge. It’s also quickest. We don’t just mean it’s the quickest accelerating electric SUV ever built –– it’s the quickest SUV we’ve ever tested. Period.”
With the Ludicrous upgrade, the Model X P90D can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in merely 3.2 seconds, and can reach a quarter mile in 11.7 seconds at 116 mph. The vehicle’s exceptional performance outclasses several renowned SUVs, such as 2015 BMW X6, 2016 Mercedes AMG GLE63 Coupe S, 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo. BMW X6, which boasts the best performance numbers among all aforementioned SUVs, can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and a quarter mile in 12.1 seconds at 114.3 mph.
Since Model X is the only vehicle among rivals containing 3-row seating for at most seven passengers, the magazine says this is a massive achievement for Tesla. It says that such acceleration features are possible due to “a set of dual three-phase, four-pole AC induction electric motor.”
While the front motor generates 244lb-ft of torque and 259 horsepower, the rear motor produces 468lb-ft and 503 hp. The vehicle produces combined (front and rear motor) output of 713lb-ft of torque and 32 hp.
Since the Model X battery pack cannot supply full power to both the motors simultaneously during a flat-out acceleration run, it does not produce 762 hp (combined). Thus, if the battery pack could deliver full power to both the motors, Model X acceleration times would reduce even further. Motor Trend said it will release Model X P90D’s full First Test review soon.