Here’s the larger takeaway here for car-buffs and laypeople alike: the title of the world’s quickest 0-60 mph acceleration belongs to an electric vehicle -- something unthinkable a decade ago. That doesn’t necessarily mean you can safely forget about the internal combustion engines of yesteryear, though. According to MT: “The Ferrari LaFerrari hits 70 mph a tenth of a second quicker; the Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 pull ahead at 80 mph, and these hypercars all continue to pull away at higher speeds," than the Model S.
Motor Trend has a specific criteria for its road tests, and starts its acceleration clock “when the front tires hit the 1-foot mark,” much like the National Hot Rod Association. Given that MT's methodology is a bit different than other judges, Tesla's time of 2.28 lobs a full quarter second off its time. That's not to take anything away from the Tesla -- it's the quickest production car that MT has ever tested -- it's just further proof that 0-60 mph times are largely bogus. Still, Tesla's achievement is indicative of the blinding horsepower and torque a vehicle can employ without the help of pistons firing on all cylinders.