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Tesla Model 3 Performance takes on Zero Motorcycles SR/F in zero emission drag race


Battle of the electrics as Tesla Model 3 Performance takes on Zero Motorcycles SR/F in zero emission drag race

  • Drag race was held on a quarter-mile stretch of road  
  • Race was between a Tesla Model 3 Performance and a Zero Motorcycles SR/F 
  • The Tesla four-door sedan  managed to briefly jump out in front of the bike
  • But the motorcycle won the race thanks to its much lighter weight 

What happens when two high-powered zero-emission electric vehicles face off against each other in a drag race?

That’s what an Italian car magazine tried to find out when it arranged a quarter-mile-long drag race between a four-door Tesla Model 3 Performance sedan and the Zero Motorcycles SR/F.

In the initial seconds of the race, the Tesla, with its 450 horsepower and tons of torque, gets the edge.

A Tesla Model 3 Performance (left) and a Zero Motorcycles SR/F took each on in a drag race

A Tesla Model 3 Performance (left) and a Zero Motorcycles SR/F took each on in a drag race

In the initial seconds of the race, the Tesla, with its 450 horsepower and tons of torque, gets the edge

In the initial seconds of the race, the Tesla, with its 450 horsepower and tons of torque, gets the edge

But the electric, zero-emissions bike overtakes the Tesla and wins

But the electric, zero-emissions bike overtakes the Tesla and wins

Elon Musk’s creation gets from zero to sixty miles per hour about a half-second quicker – 3.5 seconds – than the motorcycle – 3.94 seconds.

But the bike, which is much lighter, catches up to the Tesla and eventually overtakes it, winning the race.

Elon Musk’s creation gets from zero to sixty miles per hour about a half-second quicker - 3.5 seconds - than the motorcycle - 3.94 seconds

Elon Musk’s creation gets from zero to sixty miles per hour about a half-second quicker – 3.5 seconds – than the motorcycle – 3.94 seconds

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But the bike, which is much lighter, catches up to the Tesla and eventually overtakes it, winning the race

But the bike, which is much lighter, catches up to the Tesla and eventually overtakes it, winning the race

It’s not surprising, though, considering the Tesla weighs 4,000lbs, which is almost nine times as heavy as the 485lb bike. 

The MSRP of a Tesla Model 3 Performance is listed at $56,990. A Zero Motorcycles SR/F will set you back $19,000. 



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