Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tesla P85D

In case you hadn't heard, Tesla updates its Model S sedan with a new version, the P85D. What's new? The big improvement is the addition of a motor on the front wheels, giving the P85D a 691 horsepower rating.

I love what the professional automotive journalists are saying about the car, using their beautiful words:

"The last time I drove anything that steps as smartly off the line as Tesla's new P85D I was sitting in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse." 

"Stamp your foot on the pedal and the car hitches up its petticoats and flings itself at the horizon in a departure as silent and instantaneous as a model glider escaping a giant rubber band. I'll wager the Tesla hits 30mph faster than anything else out there except an anvil kicked off a cliff."

~Anthony ffrench-Constant

"The torque impacts your body with the violence of facing the wrong way on the train tracks when the whistle blows. Within the first degree of its first revolution, 100 percent of the motors' combined 687 lb-ft slams the sense out of you. A rising-pitch ghost siren augers into your ears as you're not so much accelerating as pneumatically suctioned into the future. You were there. Now you're here.

"In the first 1/20th of a second, the car is four feet ahead of the fastest-accelerating sedan Motor Trend has ever tested, the Audi RS 7, and has a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds."

~Kim Reynolds

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