Rematch! Tesla Cybertruck vs. Porsche 911 Drag Race

Rematch! Tesla Cybertruck vs. Porsche 911 Drag Race

Rematch! Tesla Cybertruck vs. Porsche 911 Drag Race

Eric Tingwall, Writer
Amir Saidi, Photographer
Ryan Lugo, Illustrator
May 16, 2024

The Setup

Back in December, Elon Musk made a bold claim about the Tesla Cybertruck: “It can tow a Porsche 911 across the quarter mile faster than the Porsche 911 can go by itself.” Millions have seen Tesla’s video of the Cybertruck towing a trailer and narrowly beating the iconic sports car down the dragstrip.

To verify Musk’s claim, we at MotorTrend decided to rerun the race with a scientific approach. We rented a dragstrip, lined up two Porsche 911 Carrera Ts (one manual, one automatic), secured the same ultralight Futura trailer, and borrowed an 845-hp Tesla Cybertruck from Out of Spec.

Rematch! Tesla Cybertruck vs. Porsche 911 Drag Race
Rematch! Tesla Cybertruck vs. Porsche 911 Drag Race

The Vehicles

2024 Tesla Cybertruck Beast

  • Weight (with trailer and payload): 11,268 lbs
  • Power: 845 hp
  • 0–60 mph (MotorTrend tested): 2.5 seconds

2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T

  • Weight: 3,292 lbs
  • Power: 379 hp
  • 0–60 mph (MotorTrend tested): 3.9 seconds

We ensured the Cybertruck had a nearly full battery (94%) and took extra steps to equalize weight differences between the two Porsche 911s. The manual-transmission 911 had a full tank of gas, while the towed 911 had its fuel depleted and unnecessary items removed to lighten it.

Rematch! Tesla Cybertruck vs. Porsche 911 Drag Race

The Race

We conducted six quarter-mile drag races to determine the true winner. Here are the results:

  1. Race 1: Porsche 911 – 12.5 seconds at 115.6 mph | Cybertruck – 12.7 seconds at 105.2 mph
  2. Subsequent Races: The Porsche consistently improved, shaving off 0.3 seconds, while the Cybertruck’s best improvement was a mere 0.02 seconds.

Even in the best-case scenario for the Tesla, it was still 0.229 seconds behind the Porsche. The Porsche’s superior launch and consistent performance outmatched the Cybertruck every time.

Conclusion

Despite Tesla’s dramatic video, our independent tests show that the Porsche 911 Carrera T consistently outruns the Tesla Cybertruck Beast, even when the latter is towing a trailer. In the world of drag racing, facts and accurate measurements matter, and the Porsche’s victory is clear.

For detailed results and official timeslips, check out our photo gallery and the accompanying video of the race.

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