How does the past stack up against the future? On the drag strip, the answer to this question might translate into a battle between any internal combustion car and a Tesla. For many, this sounds like a relevant translation. But The Fast Lane Car wanted to actually find out if it’s true by pitting up a Tesla against a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. More precisely, this is a duel between a new Model X and a used Porsche.
You might think this would be an easy victory for Tesla, but to defeat Cayenne is in fact not as easy as you imagine. Just look more into the race and you’ll know how the outcome is. We don’t say, though, that V8 engines or electric power are better. We’re just curious about what’s going on.
To make the race even more interesting, both SUVs have performance-related issues. To be fair, they still have some potencies that put them on top of other models. For instance, the TFL-owned Model X you see here is not the P100D Ludicrous, just a regular model with a pair of electric motors.
As for the Cayenne Turbo, it’s a seven-year old, prev-gen model with 120,000 miles on the clock. At first glance it may sound like a not-too-far distance, unless you realize that it’s equivalent to the distance of several journeys round the globe. The Cayenne is powered by a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine – a bigger unit compared to that of the outgoing model, although it produces “only” 500 hp.
Unofficially, the Tesla Model X is also known to pack around 500 hp, meaning that output-wise, this is quite a fair battle. The former’s electric powertrain will be an undeniable advantage for it as it easily means quicker acceleration. But you can’t underestimate the latter which comes a bit lighter than its rival. So which one is faster between the two? Find out the answer in the following video.