Move Over Tesla, Jaguar’s New I-PACE is in Town

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Tesla has a nice run, but it’s time for Jaguar to take over as the quicker EV.

If Tesla has done one thing right, it’s been to attach un-debatable speed to every model. “Ludicrous” mode is now the Tesla’s party piece, and there’s been various YouTube videos showing it up against V8 heavyweights in the quarter-mile, too. But those are specialty models and cost some mega bucks. Jaguar’s I-PACE plans to crash that party in a big way.

First up, Jaguar lines up next to a Model X 75D. This would be the most fair comparison, considering the similarities in price tag, at around $70,000 dollars for the I-PACE and $80,000 for the X 75D. Despite being close in price, performance isn’t close at all. The test of 0-60-0 tests acceleration and braking, and the Jaguar wins by a long shot.

You may say “OK, but that’s not the big dog in the Tesla stable, put it up against a 100D!” And so, Jaguar did.

I-PACE vs Tesla

Upgrading the Model X to the 100D adds more to the price tag, elevating it to just shy of $100,000 dollars. But, you’d expect your money would go towards that bigger battery, and as such, improved performance. Well, it just turns out that isn’t the case. While the 100D is a little bit faster, it’s still off the pace of the Jaguar.

“But that was just a 100D, not a P100D!!” We anticipated hearing the cries for the Tesla performance models, and while they are much faster than the I-PACE, they quite literally are double the cost of the Jaguar. Not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison.

Plus, Jaguar is adding a performance pedigree to the I-PACE that none of the Tesla models can even touch. After all, they will be the first ever all EV production car series when the eTROPHY Championship hits the streets to support the Formula E racing series.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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