Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) brings out more versions of its cars and demonstrates that it can built fast cars that get 100 miles per gallon, at least the way the government measures. It is an odd methodology since the Tesla is all electric.
That measure aside, Mercedes has a vehicle that shows just how little gas prices matter in certain quarters. The Mercedes-Benz G550 guzzles gas, according to a recent 24/7 Wall St. analysis:
> Miles per gallon: 13.4
> MSRP: $120,825
Mercedes-Benz has been building the G550 for 36 years, and chances are the vehicle will celebrate its 40th year anniversary before the automaker decides to move on. For 2016, the SUV got a peppier and more fuel efficient engine. Despite the improvement, it is among the least fuel efficient vehicles on the market, getting an average 13.4 mpg. The G550 weighs 5,724 pounds, and the 4-liter, 416-horsepower engine can push that weight from 0 to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds.
The price of the G550 is about the same as the high-end Tesla.
Mercedes does not end its assault on Tesla with one model. Its AMG S65 gets 13 mpg in the city. For $227,000, a buyer can get a six-liter, bi-turbo engine that drives 621 horsepower. The car, however, is much slower than the high-end Tesla with its 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds.
Tesla just announced:
The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. However, both the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder were limited run, million dollar vehicles and cannot be bought new. While those cars are small two seaters with very little luggage space, the pure electric, all-wheel drive Model S P100D has four doors, seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children and has exceptional cargo capacity.
The AMG S65 is a dog. It does though eat gas so quickly that it can barely make it from gas station to gas station.