Bjorn Nyland Offers His Thoughts On Tesla Model S P85D – Video

3 years ago by Mike Anthony 22

Bjørn's Model S conquering The North Cape! (Photo Credit: Bjørn Nyland)

Bjørn’s Model S conquered The North Cape! (Photo Credit: Bjørn Nyland)

Tesla Motors recently announced the Dual-Motor AWD Model S “P85D” and new autopilot features (Further info here).

As you would expect, there is a ton of anticipation over the P85D.

In the video above, Bjørn Nyland provide his thoughts and impressions in regards to the P85D, as well as briefly discussing the new auto pilot feature.

However, there are mixed emotions from Nyland, including whether or not he should purchase the new P85D, what to do with his current Model S, keep current Model S as a proving-ground.  The list goes on and on.

Proving ground?  Well, Bjørn took his Model S P85 from Oslo to North Cape, as well as on a 3,700-mile European road trip, thus proving what’s possible. That is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Nyland has done with his Model S.

Bjørn’s odometer is climbing quickly and we all want to see how long a Model S’ battery pack lasts. What to do? Decisions, Decisions…

So, check out the video above and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


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22 responses to "Bjorn Nyland Offers His Thoughts On Tesla Model S P85D – Video"

  1. Rob Stark says:

    Bjorn’s videos are like the moon landing videos; fake.

    Because I keep reading post here on insideevs that RWD Model S is not a very capable vehicle in snow.

    Ergo, these vids of the Model S driving capably through Norwegian snow are forgeries.

    1. Mike says:

      The “old” Model S has sufficient weight to plow thru any snow.

    2. RedAntisocial says:

      Ok, I’m assuming sarcasm, as you equate Bjorn’s videos to moon landing videos and call both “fake”.

      Otherwise you’ve done a nice job giving everyone a very clear picture of your ability to form coherent and sensible opinions and we’ll leave it at that.

    3. JRMW says:

      Straw man argument.
      Few to nobody said you can’t drive a Tesla in some snow. What we have repeatedly said is that it’s probably as good as a FWD ICE. But it’s no AWD and clearly inadequate for significant snow.

      “Mostly adequate” is not Tesla’s motto. It is An electric car without compromises”

      And we’ve repeatedly said that , right or wrong, people in snowy climates want AWD and dont want RWD.

      InsideEVs has already had an article about Norwegians dumping thr RWD for AWD. and we’ll see how many AWD Teslas sell in other frozen lands.

      Lastly, unless Bjorn has added a recent video, there is not one video of him driving in a blizzard or him driving up a steep incline in heavy snow. Just him riding around Norway on well plowed roads. But I’m happy for you to post the video of a Tesla driving around in a foot of snow. I haven’t seen one yet. And I’ve looked..

      1. Bjørn Nyland says:

        I uploaded this video three months ago showing that Model S is very good on snowy roads:

        In the customer stories video right after the defrost scene, I drive up a very steep and snowy hill. My cousin’s ICE cars often get stuck there.

        I also have many GB of raw footage showing that i drive on snowy, slushy or in general harsh winter conditons.

        If you only skip through my videos and see some of the dash videos, you might get an impression that I only drive on well plowed roads.

        But the reality is quite different if you actually watch the whole videos. I often drive through icy and snowy roads over the mountains. And because I do Nimber/Easybring tasks, I often had to pick up and deliver on remote roads.

        I didn’t pick the best studded tires, Nokian Hakkpeliitta 7 to drive on wet tarmac. Everyone who have experienced Norwegian winter knows what I’m talking about.

    4. Blueberry Blipblop says:

      Oh my ..
      do you even believe in yourself? Do you ALWAYS trust your own senses and thoughts? You probably shouldn’t!

    5. alohart says:

      In the winter, Björn drives with studded snow tires. I drove a Porsche 914-6 and a VW bus, both RWD, during 10 years of winters in Vail, CO, with studded snow tires, through blizzards and on glaze ice, and never got stuck. A Model S is very heavy with a lot of weight over the rear wheels, so it should do quite well on snowy roads unless the snow is so deep that the undercarriage drags through the snow. The advantages of 4WD are overblown, IMHO.

    6. Nelson says:

      Before 1978 most American cars had rear wheel drive and they all drove in snow. Maybe not as well as front wheel drive but they drove in snow nonetheless.

      NPNS! SBF!

    7. MDEV says:

      Moon landing fake? wow I know Electric cars are science fiction too.

    8. Philip says:

      Perhaps you meant to type MISreading, Rob. 🙂

    9. MSK says:

      If landing on the moon is fake for you no wonder that Bjorns videos are fake for you as many other things. Says a lot about your judgment and your education.

  2. Mike says:

    In his climate, I’d jump to 4-wheel-drive.

  3. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    I wonder what the resale value is on his current Model S over there, the price differential might not be too bad!

  4. pjwood says:

    Bjorn is obviously tormented by the P85D. I think a whole lot of P85 owners are. In hindsight, an extra second was at least conceivable. For the P85D owner, it’s far less likely that will happen any time soon.

    What might suck even more for them is the idea that, in hindsight, an extra second was possible where from here the P85D will have a much harder time

  5. scottf200 says:

    “It turns out that nothing has changed in the cars.

    What has changed is Tesla’s way of describing horsepower.

    “Previously, the horsepower number referred to the maximum power that the motor-inverter-battery combination could produce.

    It corresponded to the way horsepower is traditionally measured in cars, and accurately reflected the performance of the various models.

    The new horsepower number, however, is simply a measure of the maximum power that the motor itself is capable of producing. It does not take into account any limitations imposed by the particular battery and inverter that power that motor in a specific vehicle.” Unquote

  6. alainl007 says:


    Bjorn have already done 50.000 miles included bad winter!!!! Waouww
    Who else??


  7. Phr3d says:

    bjorn, if you still stop in here, I hope you go for the D, by Feb you’ll be in what 80k mi range? Yeah, sell yours outright with its history (if a Tesla swap can’t be arranged), I think you’ll do alright on price, even with the miles.
    Much appreciate your stuff.

  8. Taser54 says:

    ??? I don’t get the focus on Bjorn vs any other random Tesla owner with a youtube vid account.

    P85D will cause a lot of angst among early adopters (that’s the consequence of buying early).

    1. MDEV says:

      In one year from now you’ll say the same for the people with P85D. The future MS will be 400 miles and self driving and self cleaning paint.

  9. Lustuccc says:

    I have here the testimony of one of our best and famous car critics in Quebec : Jacques Duval. Before Tesla, he was considering EVs as boring as golf carts. After trying one, he bought his own Model S RWD.
    Last winter he tried it on ice.

    Google translate : “As well say right away, it was a revelation to me. On the track of ice test, the car I was first allowed to negotiate an S-shaped path with sudden changes of direction without any difficulty. Even surprise braking when the car is stationary on a equivalent to that of Kia and Mitsubishi 4WD range.

    The most impressive test took place on the small road leading to RAC installations. Space permitting, I wanted to cause a skid by turning from one side to the other of the road suddenly. I was fine to force the issue, to no avail. The traction control system interfered Tesla with such rapidity that it was impossible to lose control of the car. My only negative comment is about the noise loud enough to mark the inauguration of traction control. The same test performed later with a small front wheel drive forced me to correct understeer not lose control of the car.

    For the second time in recent months, the Tesla requires me to do my act of contrition and to declare that it is perfectly comfortable in winter, even if the battery needs to collect a drop of about 30% of the time very chilly as those we had to endure there not long ago.”

    1. Lustuccc says:

      The temperature here in deep winter is around -20° F

  10. Phr3d says:

    Truly, we in the midwest lean heavily towards 10/10ths in snow performance. Like So Many things, you -could- own the vehicle and never need all ten, but One hospital run will make you give up the gas mileage for the Peace of Mind.
    aka once bitten twice shy, Only.. After.. your particular vehicle has navigated the horror-show that is midwest snow do you say ‘I bought the right one’ so we tend to Overbuy here. Everyone in the midwest has a ‘Great-Uncle’ that drove his studded-snow Volkswagon Beetle up a hill in reverse to finally make it to his Necessary destination, LOL.
    If you don’t get it, you simply cannot, if you Do, no conversation is necessary.