There are many burning questions these days to which we seek answers: who will win the upcoming presidential election? How does the Tesla Model S Performance stack up against the BMW M5 on a drag strip? And, of course, who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong? While we can't speak to the either the political or metaphysical queries, we now have an answer to the automotive one.

On paper, the answer seems clear. The BMW M5 is said to scoot from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds when equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, while Tesla says the Model S Signature Performance edition can do that in 4.4 seconds. What happens beyond that speed is anyone's guess, but it should be kept in mind that the gas guzzler's 4.4-liter V8 puts out 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque – maybe more – compared to the battery-operated sedan's 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of sizzle.

But driving doesn't happen on paper and so the similarly-inquisitive folks at Automobile magazine took one of each of these vehicles to Gingerman Raceway for a little head-to-head competition. The result? While it is possible for the somewhat lighter German machine to occasionally edge out the slippery American newcomer, the Tesla seems more adept at translating its potential energy into forward motion. You can watch the smack down for your own electric edification by scrolling below.



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      Moreno636
      • 2 Years Ago
      It WALKED the M5.....jeez that thing is impressive, 300 miles is perfectly in line with what 90% of the population will be using it for 90% of the time.
        Nemebean
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Moreno636
        Honestly, other than 1 or 2 long overnight trips a year, this could do 100% of my driving. Nobody that I visit on a regular basis lives over 300 miles away. Sadly, I ran the numbers and a Model S would cost me approximately as much as my mortgage per month. ;-)
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn.
      Georg
      • 7 Months Ago
      EV in europe has a long tradition... simple you dont know them in the USA does not men that there are no europen EV´s... Most world wide produced EV of the last 20years were build in europe... just a list of europen production EV´s of the last three decades some are build only in small numbers some are mass production with several thousend copys Citroen AX electric Citroen Berlingo electric Citroen Sxaso electric CityEL (build from 1995 most sold EV in europe) Fiat Seicento Elettra Hotzenblitz Peugeot 106e Kewet EL Jet Peugeot Partner e Renault Kangoo Elect’Road RE Škoda Elcar Tatra Beta VW Golf MkII Citystromer (1992!!) VW Golf MkIII Citystromer (1995!!) Fiat Panda Elettra (1988) Renault Clio electrique Renault Rapid/Express/Extra electrique Venturi Fetish and Fetish II
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can there be any doubt? Thumbs up to electric propulsion.
      wanna
      • 2 Years Ago
      cmon bimmer fan boys, you got smoked. Definitely in the 0-60, and a couple of runs to 100. Be honest. Stop whining about the launch control assumptions too.
        knodoctor
        • 7 Months Ago
        @wanna
        you silly person. I can take my 740iL on a long trip any time, and do 550 miles (more than from here to DC) n one tank. How about you and your lame-ass stupid, obese, super-expensive Tesla? Even thee $110k version gets 300 miles range, AND THEN you need to wait hours and hours to refuel.... SILLY
          Spec
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          I can fill up my EV using electricity from a rooftop PV system. Can you 740 do that? Or are you reliant on Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin, and Arab states to maintain a cheap oil supply?
          Sebastian Lopez
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          Not with the supercharge. With it you do a pit stop, get some food, then 30 minutes later you're up and running again at 80% capacity. If i wanted to run 550 miles, i'd rather take a plane. It would take the same amount of time, and spenditure in fuel would probably be the same as the plane ticket.
          tylermars.design
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          You have a 740iL and you said the Tesla is obese? Lmao............
          cinilak
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          Dude you're lying, you're 12yo, a 12yo would call a car 'lame-ass stupid'. FACT: 12yo can't have a driving licence, most of them can't even reach the pedals. But I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, say, maybe your daddy is a congresman: So let's ignore how much you've spent on fuel, polluted or the fact Tesla has a 30 min supercharger. And how unpatriotic is the fuel that you're spending. Electric car tech is in it's infancy. Imagine what it will be in a decade.
          Grendal
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          Who you calling super-expensive? The M5 is $106K and the Model S (you can buy) is priced at $85K. The BMW is $21K more (in case you didn't have a calculator handy) than the car that beat it. And to reverse the argument: $21K will buy you a LOT of electricity.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Model S is an awesome car, and it is fast there is no doubt about that. BUT, hat was a truly pathetic launch of the M5. I'd expect better from Automobile. Regardless, I'd gladly accept either of them into my garage.
        knodoctor
        • 7 Months Ago
        @NightFlight
        The Tesla is a joke. 100%, usda Choice JOKE. Comparing it to a REAL CAR is like Apples and Oranges, and gives the unemployed something to fool around with until Tesla goes BROKE.
          inthelv
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          Huh?
          Grendal
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          Hi thor. Back for more? Got multiple personality syndrome? You should still see a doctor for your mental health problems. Really. Go talk to someone about your problems. Your joke just smoked an M5. Deal with it.
          purrpullberra
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          That's it!!! You're an unemployed loser suffering from self hate and profound stupidity. No wonder you can't stop crying about all the butt hurt! I feel for those who fired you. I'd HATE to be your coworker. Ask, do you even deserve a job? I wouldn't hire you to scoop my dogs poo. Why would anyone who meets you like or hire you? You're insane. I'm sure that the total lack of normal human relationships has taken a bat to your personality but I'm sure it was doomed from the start. Don't hate on me, I'd gladly tell people this in person. I'm just thankful I can drive past the insane homeless and hopeless to my comfy, well-earned home (that I can afford).
          Spiffster
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          Why are you so mad? Haters gonna hate i guess... :-)
        Grendal
        • 7 Months Ago
        @NightFlight
        2 out of 3 runs. Important to note that the M5 needs launch control and the Model S does not. In everyday use the Model S is much easier to kick @ss with.
          Brodz
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          Maybe because it's power to the wheels is delivered linearly (computer controlled?), not dumped on the rear wheels all at once. Because otherwise the Tesla would have destroyed those tyres.
      knodoctor
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pitting an overpriced EV that cannot do any serious long trip to DRAG RACE against a REAL CAR is like pitting an Elephant to compete with a Lion, where the competition is who weighs more.
        purrpullberra
        • 7 Months Ago
        @knodoctor
        Your anger and childish YELLING are the PROOF you are a depraved mental case. Its really funny watching you fake your way through life, failing, every time you type. No one cares for you, we GET IT. It is your fault, though, not ours, so stew in your bile and suffer publicly. I love it!!! Are the trees the right height in that little mind of yours? Go Tesla, Go Obama! You are kno doctor... just a sad waste. You are the losermobile! No, you momma wuz. :-)
        Spec
        • 7 Months Ago
        @knodoctor
        excuses excuses.
        Lachmund
        • 7 Months Ago
        @knodoctor
        oh look...who are you. the new troll in town?! i wonder what was your last nick...
        Grendal
        • 7 Months Ago
        @knodoctor
        Well thor, since that is who you are. The $85K American car you called vaporware beats a $106K German supercar and you're upset about that. How Un-American of you. What are you so afraid of? Change? Watch the video again and watch change happening.
        knodoctor
        • 7 Months Ago
        @knodoctor
        and to those who still didn't get the above, DUH, drag racing is the strong point of any EV vs a real car. You did not even need to do the contest, you could have declared the EV the winner in advance. Not that it would help its taxpayer subsidized sales any...losermobiles...
          Grendal
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          Well. Since it WON, it must be a Winnermobile. It's funny how you write just like thor - who got kicked off. Create a new account, did you?
          Spiffster
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knodoctor
          Are you referring to the DOE loan program or the tax credits for EVs started by the Bush administration?
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very impressive. The Tesla Model S Performance is faster, cheaper, efficient, and more reliable. This is the future. If only they could make the technology cheaper.
        desinerd1
        • 7 Months Ago
        @desinerd1
        From Tesla website: Peak Motor Torque - 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) 0 - 5,100 rpm
      Jolly
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Tesla can burn in car hell.
        justgoawaymad
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Jolly
        I think the tesla has a purpose. If you can afford it, if you can put up with the range, then maybe its not so bad. But there are 100 times more people out there that cant use it or afford it.
        Spec
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Jolly
        Oh, the salty tears. LOL.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm looking for something to replace my '99 Cherokee. I like the idea of an electric vehicle-gobs of torque, low cost to operate, excellent daily driver, quiet. I might go with this as my next car. This or a Fisker Atlantic (after test driving my sister's Karma, probably going with the Atlantic).
        Spec
        • 7 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        *must not make joke over the poster's name*
      knodoctor
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIDICULOUS COMPARISON
        colin.shark
        • 7 Months Ago
        @knodoctor
        First, you need to calm down. Second, your car is slow and bad. You obviously have questionable judgement.
        Grendal
        • 7 Months Ago
        @knodoctor
        Apt comparison - because it was close. The brand new $85K American car beat the $106K German car with a twenty year history.
          Lachmund
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          oh come on...just because some americans are finally being innovative again you don't need to freak out now.
      mikemaj82
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMWs are such pieces of junk. The people who own them are as brainwashed as Apple users.
        Bobby_Sards
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        you don't use an ipod? you haven't driven an m3 on a track? what a waste of 30 years...
          ilmhmtu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bobby_Sards
          Mike's had a Galaxy S3 for the last 10-12 years?? jealous...
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bobby_Sards
          mikemaj82: "no I use a Galaxy S3" my sincere condolences
        Es Al-Rumaithi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Pleases Go back to your grandma basement. and enjoy your fragmented POS.
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