There is no car today that compares to the Bugatti Chiron. It is costly, powerful, and scarce, and it represents the pinnacle of the internal combustion engine. A new DragTimes YouTube video pits the Bugatti against the powerful Tesla Model S Plaid.
The Bugatti is powered by an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine that produces 1,500 horsepower (1,118 kilowatts) and 1,180 pound-feet (1,600 Newton-meters) of torque. It has all-wheel drive, with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sending power to the wheels.
The Tesla Model S Plaid has a three-motor setup that produces 1,020 hp (760 kW) to all four wheels. The Tesla is also about 500 pounds (226 kilograms) heavier than the Bugatti, but this difference is not reflected in the results.
Neither car blows the other out of the water, as the two trade victories back and forth over the course of five races. The Tesla had a stellar launch in the first one, while the Bugatti was slow to leave the starting line. The Chiron tried but failed to close the gap, finishing in second place. In the second race, the Chiron got a better start, allowing it to win while keeping the Tesla in its rearview mirror.
The Tesla won its second race of the dig in the third and final race. The Model S took off faster, forcing the Bugatti to play catch-up.
The last two races are rolling races, which help the Bugatti a little but not enough to win. The Chiron finished second in both races, but it was only half a car length away from winning the second. Three electric motors cannot be defeated by an internal combustion engine.
The Bugatti Chiron is a feat of engineering, a shining example of what the internal combustion engine is capable of. The Tesla Model S represents the future, outperforming the Chiron. However, now that Rimac and Bugatti have joined forces, we hope the bespoke French brand is working on its own high-powered EV because we’d like to see a proper rematch.