Most supercars are hand built, which adds to the overall cost of any car. They are also produced in smaller numbers, which increases their price, now and in the future.
Let’s dive into all the reasons Teslas are not as expensive as other top-performing super cars.
Why Are Teslas Cheaper than other Supercars?
Tesla’s line of cars is in many regards cheaper than supercars with similar performance, such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Bugatis. The reason is that Teslas are much simpler cars as they don’t have a combustion engine. The high torque performance of the electric motor offers high acceleration and top speed at a cheaper cost.
Let’s dive deeper.
Tesla makes one of the cheapest Supercars.
The Tesla Model 3 Performance is one of the least expensive supercars on the market. The base price of the Model 3 Performance is $62,990.
The Tesla Model 3 Performance has all-wheel drive, a zero to 60 mph speed of 3.1 seconds, a top speed of 163 mph, and a range of 315 miles.
The Tesla Model S and the Tesla Model X
Only a few cars can hold their own against its claimed zero to 60 mph time of 1.9 seconds when the Tesla Roadster shows up. That is, if the early numbers are correct. Until then, the current Tesla Model S Plaid and X Plaid will take on all comers.
The Tesla S uses two electric motors that provide an all-wheel drive that will launch it from zero to 60 times in 3.1 seconds. The base price of the Tesla S Plaid is $104,990.
When you choose the Plaid trimmed Model, the price jumps to $135,990. You get one more motor and a zero to 60 mph time of 1.99 seconds for that price. The range for the Model S plaid is 396 miles.
The Tesla Model X, wearing Plaid trim, is one of the fastest supercars offered for sale and has a zero to 60 time of 2.5 seconds. The top speed of the Model X is 168 mph, with a base price of $138,990. The range of the Model X Plaid is 333 miles.
There are only a few cars that can brag about numbers like that. Most of them cost much more than any model of the all-electric Tesla. However, there are also known problems with Teslas.
What supercars compare to Tesla’s performance?
Audi e-Tron GT
Sharing many components with the Porsche Taycan, the Audi e-Tron GT has a base price of $143,445. However, it can run from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, making it slightly faster than the Tesla Model 3 Performance.
For the price, you can buy three Tesla Model 3s or two Model 3 in Performance trim.
Limited to a build of only 99 cars, all sold, the price of this Bugatti is close to $5,000,000. Nevertheless, the Bugatti Mistral will be one of, if not the fastest, most expensive, and audaciously powered supercars ever built.
Powered by a quad-turbocharged, eight-liter engine, it produces 1578 horsepower. The Mistral can make the trip from zero to 60 miles in a certain number of seconds that remains to be seen.
Like the Tesla Roadster, the Bugatti Mistral is a future model. Its specifications are still up in the air, as far as performance is concerned, but will be revealed soon.
Like the Tesla Roadster, the Ferrari Roma is a two-door hardtop.
Powered by a turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 that produces 612 horsepower, it can make it from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.
What do you get when you cross a sports sedan with an SUV? First, you get a vehicle that handles like a sports car that can take on most trails and foul weather.
Second, you get an engine that can produce 641 horsepower. The top speed of the Urus is 189.5 miles per hour, and it can make it from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.
Lucid Air Models
A pure EV that will soon debut in late 2022, the Lucid Air can brag of the most extended range, estimated at 406 miles, of other EVs on the market. The entry-level Air Pure model of the Lucid will have a base price of around $87,400.
Please take it to the next level, however, to the Air Grand Touring model, and you are looking at a price of $154,000. The Lucid Air Dream Performance puts 1,111 horsepower on the wheels.
However, it’s zero to 60 time of 2.5 seconds is not much better than the Tesla 3 Performance times.
Maserati MC20 Cielo
Again, if you want to spend $500,000 and have something unique, the Maserati MC20 will turn heads wherever you go. However, if your goal is to get from home to work, then out for dinner, that extra $400,000 you will save by buying a Tesla S Plaid will buy a lot of dinners.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S
Porsche has entered the EV world, and their rendition of a fully electric vehicle claims a zero to 60 mph run in 2.4 seconds. Unfortunately, its base price is northward of most of the cars listed here and comes in at $187,400.
That price is still less than the price of the Tesla Roadster when it appears. And if the Porsche EVs are as dependable as the rest of their lineup, all the better.
Why is Tesla cheaper than similar high-performance cars?
While most cars are built on a production line, the number of hours spent making one varies. Not so with the Tesla Model S.
Unlike many supercars, of which only a few thousand or fewer are produced, Tesla’s are produced in large numbers.
Supercars can have a high level of customization, making them more expensive. However, Tesla vehicles are the same model sitting next, and one Tesla to the next has almost identical features.
How much does the cheapest Tesla model cost?
The Tesla Model 3 is the lowest-priced car in the lineup and uses one motor to drive the rear wheels. Its base price of $46,990 is in line with many mid-size sedans, and it has the power of several sports sedans.
The zero to 60 mph time for the Tesla Model 3 is 5.8 seconds.
For about another $15,000 ($62,990), you can purchase the Model 3 Performance, which can run from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds.
What performance do you get with other cars at $200,000?
One performance piece that is missing from the Tesla EVs is range. Even the most potent supercars have more range on a gas tank than most Tesla models.
However, since its inception, Tesla has gained a few miles per charge annually. The 2022 Model S has an EPA estimated range of 405 miles per charge.
The claims being made about Tesla Roadster are claiming that it will have a range of 620 miles, which is a few miles more than its nearest competitor, the Lucid Air.
Not all car makers have gone to pure Electric Vehicles, and Tesla is the first company committed to this endeavor. However, other car makers are using hybrid drive systems that add performance and the ability to travel many more miles in a day than a pure EV.
Are Tesla cheaper to drive than other electric cars?
Buying fuel is the most significant expense of an ICE (internal combustion engine) powered car. A Tesla’s first year of ownership will cost you almost the same for operations as an ICE-powered car. Then maintenance is less on an electric car.
However, after two years of ownership, there is a significant drop in the cost of using your Tesla. In addition, less expensive EVs, like Nissan’s Leaf, have a lower entry price and are dependable cars.
What cars compare to the Tesla Roadster?
A few cars compared to the proposed $200,000 price of the Tesla Roadster. There are fewer. However, that compares to Tesla’s performance. Tesla claims a zero to 60 mph time for the Roadster of 1.9 seconds.
Only one car can get nearly zero to sixty times claimed by the Tesla Roadster. It is the Lucid Air, another EV supercar that is currently in production. However, its price is much higher than the TeslaRoadsters’ proposed price of $200,000.
Also, the Lucid Air has a more extended range (miles per charge) than the Tesla Model X Plaid.
And its zero to 60 time of 2.3 seconds is closer than the Roadster sub-2.0-second mark.
Is Tesla cheaper than other high-performance electric cars?
Overall, Tesla’s are less expensive than other high-performance cars. For example, a few production cars can run from zero to sixty mph in less than four seconds.
The Tesla X Plaid model can run from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds for less than $70,000. There are a few cars that can match that performance for the price, but not many.
Will Tesla become cheaper in the future?
They may, and as battery technology improves, the price may decrease. However, batteries for electric vehicles are very costly due to the materials they are made from.
The demand for these materials has increased in recent years, driving their price ever higher, which equates to higher-priced batteries. This factor will likely keep the cost of Tesla in the future from falling below where it is today.
Many supercars are sold before being built, including the newest entry into the lineup, the Tesla Roadster. The word is that it will debut in 2023, and if you want one, Tesla will be glad to accept your deposit.