Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Ferrari Portofino drag race.

A drag race battle between Tesla Model 3 Performance and Ferrari Portofino

Now the Tesla Model 3 Performance is against the  Ferrari Portofino that has a mighty 3.9 L Twin-Turbo V-8 engine to power the mini-compact convertible that is more than a 1,000 pounds lighter than the Model 3 as well, however, a challenge is a challenge and it faced the Portofino like the F12 Berlinetta last year, with no fear!

Both of these cars are from separate a separate universe, electric drivetrain vs. the internal combustion engine (ICE), one is from the future and the other with legacy technology, however, it is interesting to watch how they perform on the drag strip against each other.

Again, it is important to look at the price tag of both vehicles, Tesla Model 3 Performance costs you $56,990 and the Ferrari Portofino a whopping $215,000 — 4x Model 3 Performance can be bought for the price of a 2020 Portofino, now let’s look at some of the performance and related specs before watching the video of the race (remember to turn on subtitles (CC) if you don’t understand Spanish).

Table 1.1 - Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Ferrari Portofino specs comparison

Options / FeaturesTesla Model 3 PerformanceFerrari Portofino
Starting price (MSRP)$56,990$215,000
Body StyleSedanCovertible Coupe
DrivetrainDual-Motor (AWD)Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)
Power490 hp591 hp @ 7500 RPM
Torque660 Nm (Instant)561 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Curb Weight1,847 kg (4,702 lb)1,664 kg (3,668 lb)
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)3.4 secs3.5 secs
Top Speed162 mph (260 km/h)199 mph (320 km/h)
TransmissionSingle-speed Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch
Efficiency/Fuel Economy118 MPGe city / 107 MPGe highway16 mpg city/22 mpg Hwy
CO 2 EmissionsZero245.0 g/km
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Although the Tesla Model 3 Performance is outpowered by the Ferrari Portofino on the spec sheet and on the race track but it still gave the ICE behemoth a tough time and did not let it win by a big margin, probably just  under a second, Andrea Pirillo (the pro Ferrari driver in this video) wrote the following in the video description:

I have to admit to all of you that I felt the pressure for this challenge… The Tesla Model 3 Performance is a really fast car. We’ll now test how fast it can go on track! On the other side we have the Ferrari Portofino with 600 hp and less weight compared to the Tesla, but the traction is posterior whereas the Tesla is 4×4 so in a 0-100 challenge I may lose. We used the same tires Michelin Pilot Sport 4s, the ones on the tesla where a bit consumed due to some days on track…the ones on the Ferrari basically the same but due to some drifts!

Tesla has the answer to all these super and hypercars in the form on the Next-gen Tesla Roadster that is re-scheduled to go to production next-year, it has a 0-60 mph acceleration in just 2.0 seconds with the base variant, without the SpaceX cold-gas thrusters package.

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Iqtidar Ali
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Iqtidar Ali reports on the latest happenings at Tesla and Electric Vehicle forefront. With over 1 decade of experience in website development, he's our IT resource as well.

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