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$74,283 per second

by Bill Cawthon on

Tesla has announced that its new S P100D sedan with Ludicrous mode has the quickest 0-60 time of any current production car in the world, hitting 60 mph in 2.5 seconds with a new battery pack.


The price is $134,500. Some cars, including the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, were quicker to 60, but are no longer in production.


In independent testing, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with factory tires will hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. With drag slicks, the time drops to 2.9 seconds. Comparing times for standard production cars, the Tesla is 0.9 seconds quicker than the Hellcat, for nearly twice the sticker price.

Basically, that 0.9 seconds costs $66,855 or $74,383 per full second.

All by itself, the new Tesla battery pack goes for $20,000. If you already have a S P100 on order, upgrading to the new power pack is “just” $10,000. The Tesla weighs more, has less interior room, and nearly 100 miles less range (315 for the Tesla – 407 for the Hellcat).


To put it another way, for the price of a Tesla S P100D, it’s possible to buy a Charger SRT Hellcat and a Challenger SRT Hellcat and still have more than $2,600 left over.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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