Electric Drag Race: Tesla Model S Plaid Vs. Harley Davidson LiveWire

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The Tesla sedan can beat almost any production car at the strip, but how does it fare against a bike?

The Tesla Model S Plaid is one of the quickest production cars ever made, falling short only of the astonishing Rimac Nevera. The electric super sedan's explosive launch and breathtaking acceleration have been compared to those of numerous other performance powerhouses, but as yet, we haven't seen the Plaid take on an electric motorcycle. Fortunately for one YouTuber who documents various races in his Tesla, such an opportunity arose when Harley-Davidson's all-electric LiveWire bike was at a recent event. To even the odds slightly, the Tesla driver gives the Harley rider the hit and only leaves the line when the full length of the electric bike has passed the front of his Model S.

Tesla Plaid Channel/YouTube
Tesla Plaid Channel/YouTube
Tesla Plaid Channel/YouTube

The Harley was revealed back in 2018 but only became available to order the following year. It has a dry weight of just 460 pounds and produces an impressive 105 horsepower, giving it a top speed of 115 mph and the ability to do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Unfortunately for the rider, the Model S Plaid easily walks the bike and has surpassed the two-wheeler's top speed before even getting to the end of the strip, despite this being an eighth-mile strip. That's to be expected though, since the electric sedan can get to 60 in under two seconds thanks to an output of 1,020 hp.

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Tesla Plaid Channel/YouTube
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Of course, this isn't really a fair comparison. The Tesla Model S Plaid has been enhanced with a set of lightweight wheels wrapped in Nitto NT01 rubber while the Harley has a larger-diameter tire that would have affected its acceleration. If it were stock or had a stickier rear tire, things wouldn't improve much as the bike just can't put all its power down without the bike flipping from launch. But as the years pass and technology improves, we're sure to see an electric motorcycle that can truly rival the best that the four-wheeled world has to offer.

Tesla Plaid Channel/YouTube
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