Tesla Model S Plaid versus Mercedes EQS: who is now ahead?

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A brief comparison of the essential data

Tesla Model S Plaid versus Mercedes EQS: who is now ahead?-plaid

At the delivery event this Friday all details of the Tesla Model S plaid were spread out again. It was noticeable that Elon Musk claimed world records for the new version in a number of points, such as the sprint and the drag coefficient.

Especially with the drag coefficient, Mercedes had for the new EQS also claimed a world record. This dissent is reason enough for us to compare the two cars more closely. Here are the essential data in direct comparison (better values ​​are bolded):

Model S plaid EQS 580 4Matic EQS 450+
drive 1 engine in front, 2 in rear 1 rear engine 1 engine in front, 1 engine in rear
System performance 750 kW (peak) 385 kW 245 kW
0-100 km / h 2.1 sec. 4.3 sec. 6.2 sec.
Top speed 322 km / h 210 km / h 210 km / h
battery pack n / a. 108 kWh 108 kWh
Range WLTP 628 km n / a. 770 km

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300 km in 15 min 280 km (WLTP) in 15 min 300 km (WLTP) in 15 min CW value 2.08 2.0 2.0 price 127,970 euros n / a. n / a.

Tesla states a peak power of 1,020 PS (equal to 750 kW); Mercedes only speaks of maximum drive power, without specifying whether it is peak or nominal power. A performance version of the EQS with 580 kW is in preparation; But even this does not even come close to the Tesla – provided that it is peak performance. The significantly poorer sprint performance of the Mercedes EQS also shows that the Tesla has to be ahead in terms of drive power.

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In terms of range, on the other hand, Mercedes is ahead; the manufacturer stated the EQS range of up to 770 km according to the WLTP standard, without saying which version this refers to. But since both versions have the same battery, the value should belong to the version with rear-wheel drive, i.e. the EQS 450+.

When it comes to charging behavior, both models are practically on a par if you take the most important parameter, namely recharging from range. Both cars should be able to recharge for 300 kilometers within a range of 15 minutes. If it really goes that fast, you ask yourself whether you need a range of more than 600 km at all, because on such routes a quarter of an hour break is necessary for the driver anyway.

Tesla says the drag coefficient is a value with spinning wheels; the manufacturer did not disclose how Mercedes measured it; therefore we do not rate this category. Especially since the wind resistance does not only depend on the drag coefficient, but also on the frontal area (which Tesla does not specify).

Our brief comparison of the data shows that Tesla is ahead in three disciplines, all of which have to do with sheer performance: power, sprint and top speed. Mercedes only excels at one thing, the range.

So it looks like a points win for Tesla, even if not all the data are known yet. What is more important to you – performance or range – should be different. But there are probably also many electric car customers who prefer the range – according to the motto "Range is the new displacement". At the regulars’ table we would in any case rather indicate kilometers than horsepower …

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