Tesla Model S is one very impressive electric car. So far it has been available exclusively as a rear-wheel drive model, but now with the introduction of “D” the electric saloon just got much more interesting.
All three current models are available with dual motors, meaning the range grows with the addition of a 60D, 85D, and range topping P85D. So what’s new? The 60D and 85D get a new 188bhp front motor and a 188bhp rear engine for a combined 376bhp and 362 lb-ft of torque.
The 60D goes now from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds (vs 5.9 seconds the standard RWD model) on its way to a new top speed of 125mph (+5mph). The 85D does it in 5.2 seconds(-0.2 seconds) and tops out at 155mph (+30mph).
The real surprise is the hot P85D which in addition to a 470bhp gets a new 221bhp front engine for a combined 691bhp. 0-60mph is down by a whole second and takes now just 3.2 seconds, the top speed is 155mph (+25mph) and quarter mile time is 11.8 seconds.
This is insane and makes the range topping Model S faster than Ferrari 458 Italia. In comparison the official 0-60mph time for the Porsche Panamera Turbo S is 3.6 seconds. All models also have an increased range with the 85D now able to travel 295 miles on a single charge.
Visually the it is hard to spot the differences between standard RWD models, at the rear there is an extra D after the model designation and that’s about it. Thanks to a front engine, the P85D now also has a perfect 50/50 weight distribution and 1g maximum lateral acceleration.
Also new brakes are big news as rather than using a vacuum brake booster, Tesla uses now an electromechanical brake setup, similar to that found in the Porsche 918 Spyder. The system uses a spring and an electric motor.
Other huge news is the new semi-autonomous drive system that senses road signs with optical cameras, while a 360 degree sonar keeps an eye on barricades and traffic. The car can automatically slow down, change lanes with the flick of a turn signal and warn driver if he is about to do something that could potentially be dangerous.
Tesla is already taking orders with P85D scheduled for U.S. deliveries later this year. We expect European deliveries to start soon after.