Photo by Michael Bettencourt
Hellcat-schmellcat. There is a new bad boy powertrain in town – and this one makes zero emissions. Just acres of heart-stopping, tire-shredding madness.
With 691 hp the new dual-motor P85D is 16 shy of the 707 hp Hellcat – but with 687 lb-ft it’s 37 lb-ft more torquey. As an added bonus, the joy of electric engines means that torque is instantaneous. Combine those insane output figures with AWD traction and the Tesla Model S P85D will sprint to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.
The 502 km range available in RWD variants is reduced to 440 km in this format though that is still prodigious range for an EV.
There are two lower variants of the dual-motor format too, the 60D and the 85D. The 60 has a 360 km range and 6.0 second 0-100 km/h time from its 376 hp combined output. The 85D gets the same 85 kWh battery as the P85D and the same two 188 hp motors as the 65D. The result is a 0-100 launch in 5.4 seconds and 475 km of range – the most of the AWD Teslas.
Tesla also revealed its semi-autonomous Autopilot feature which allows the usual adaptive cruise-control and lane-keeping features as well as a limited self-driving capability. It will even perform safe lane changes automatically with the tap of the indicator stalk.
Elon Musk joked that the next step is a charger unit which will plug itself in automatically.
D models will be sold as an option on existing Model S trims, $4,100 on 60 and 85 editions, $15,000 on the P85 edition.
Pricing: 2015 Tesla Model S
Model S 60: $74,800
Model S 60D: $78,900
Model S 85: $85,000
Model S 85D: $89,100
Model S P85: $99,800
Model S P85D: $114,800