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Feb 20 2014

Burnout Duel: 2013 Tesla Model S vs. 1968 Pontiac Firebird…Who Wins?

That’s right—it’s old school muscle vs. new-age technology in this unusual burnout competition.

You don’t have to like electric vehicles, but we think you’ll be somewhat surprised by the effort of the Tesla S. Keep in mind, the driver had to pull a fuse to disable the traction control and anti-lock brakes to make the burnout possible. That’s because electric vehicles aren’t factory-designed to throw down the power and torque of a 1968 Firebird—at least not yet.

As much as we’re impressed by the amount of torque and tire-smoke generated by the Tesla, we can’t get over the naked, high-pitched squeal of the tires. (It sounds like a flock of pterodactyls doing angry pterodactyl things.) We still much prefer Firebirds in this case.

What do you think?

 

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