Drag Race: Tesla Model S Plaid Crushes Fossil-Fueled Competitors (Video)


Hagerty recently hosted a drag race involving a 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, a 2022 BMW M5 CS, and a 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid. Despite some of the world’s fastest internal combustion engine (ICE) sedans, these two cars were left behind in a drag race against the Plaid S.

Host Jason Cammisa can be seen raving about the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing for the remainder of the review video. Ironically, all the Cadillac Blackwings of the future will no longer be pure ICE – they will be electrified.

Anyway, let’s go over a brief comparison of the specs of the 3 cars involved in this drag racing event to understand their performance potential.

Performance specifications

Specs comparison between Tesla Model S Plaid and BMW M5 CS and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing (Data sources: Manufacturer’s specs, bmwblog.com. Compiled by Iqtidar Ali /TeslaOracle.com)

While reviewing the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing in the video (below), the host admitted that this sport sedan uses 6.7 times more power than the Model S Plaid. Looking at the fuel economy figures estimated by the EPA, this Cadillac doesn’t have very impressive efficiency figures: 15 MPG (13 city, 21 highway). The BMW M5 CS is only slightly better, with a combined 17 MPG (15 city, 21 highway).

Meanwhile, the ultra-powerful Tesla Model S Plaid has an astonishing 101 MPGe (102 city, 99 highway). Over 5 years, the Plaid S should save you $ 6,250 in fuel costs. But Cadillac CT5-V costs $ 11,000, and the BMW M5 CS costs $ 8,500 more than the average new vehicle.

Fuel economy / efficiency specifications

EPA Estimated Fuel Efficiency Comparison of 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, 2022 BMW M5 CS, Cadillac CT5-V (Source: fueleconomy.gov)

Glorifying these fuel emission freaks these days is a little silly, especially when they’re also lacking in the performance area.

Still, let’s take a look at how two of the most powerful ICE sports sedans are beaten by Tesla Model S Plaid by a wide margin on the drag strip.

An earlier version of this article was originally published by Tesla Oracle. Revised update edited by EVANNEX.

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