When Tesla brought in the Model X, everyone started thinking to themselves: “wait a tick, we need to do that too”. And that’s where many exotic car companies started pumping out their own version of sporty SUV’s.
This one in particular, the Lamborghini Urus, is claimed by the manufacturer to be the fastest SUV around. And it has the specs to match. It initially was to be built with the 5.2L V-10 shared with the Huracan but it was decided against and now it features a 4.0L V-8.
It produces 641 horsepower and 627 pounds feet of torque which allows the 2.5 ton vehicle to be pushed from naught to sixty in a mere 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 190 miles an hour. Surely, this is enough to take on the Model X?
Well, yes and no. The Model X P100D has 588 horsepower (less than the Urus) and 920 lbs-ft of torque (more than the Urus). But has a top speed of 130 miles per hour.
On paper, this is going to be a race that’s handed to the Urus because of it’s higher top speed. But in a drag race, however, the Model X would win hands down. It’s got more torque. Torque converts horsepower into mechanical energy which drives the wheels.
Simply put, the more the torque, the faster the acceleration.
So what happens in a quarter mile drag race? Well, I’d have to be honest and say I was surprised at the result. Of the 4 races, the Model X won half of them.
Electric motors are 3 times more efficient than conventional engines and they can actually accelerate all that conventional engines up to 80 or 100 miles per hour. After that, they’ll start to struggle.
Still, it’s hard to see a Raging Bull beaten by a Tesla.