CarsGuide Impressed With The Refreshed Tesla Model S P90D (w/video)

AUG 26 2016 BY MARK KANE 14

The refreshed Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous Mode (and in RHD) has now arrived in Australia – so the first reviews from down under are now in.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Overall, Australia’s CarsGuide (a favorite reviewer of ours) is impressed by the sledgehammer-like acceleration, great looks and self-driving function, while conversely the high price of options…and also the high floor eating up the legroom were mentioned as cons.

Ironically, at the just about the same time as this car landed in Australia, the P90DL has been rendered obsolete and has been removed from Tesla’s current product offerings in favor of the just announced Model S P100DL (and of course the Model X P100DL). Those lucky Aussies – high pricing for yesterday’s EVs.

Perhaps the biggest positive of the review is that Model S P90DL was well received by Richard Berry, a declared petrol head.


“I’ll never stop loving petrol cars, it’s in my blood. No seriously, it’s in my blood – I have a V8 tattoo on my arm. But I do think the current era where cars with combustion engines rule the Earth is coming to a close.

Electric cars are very likely the planet’s next automobile rulers, but being such vain creatures we’ll only take to them if they’re cool and good looking and that the P90D is, with its Aston Martin lines and supercar acceleration.

Sure it doesn’t have the growling soundtrack but unlike a supercar, it’s practical too with four doors, great legroom and an enormous boot.”


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P100D is even better…

Though they will probably sit on 100 for a while. Funny though that a new car can be superseded so quickly. Usually it would take years for a refresh to happen, Tesla does one in a few months, plus ota updates.
As regards his, prediction of doom for the ice, of course, most here see that happening, it’s just not eminent.

Dunno about eminent, but it’s not imminent (either).

“while conversely the high price of options…and also the high floor eating up the legroom were mentioned as cons.”

“…it’s practical too with four doors, great legroom and an enormous boot.”


Is tesla a hyper car? I think so.

high floor?

I actually enjoyed that guy. Pretty entertaining with a little Tesla humour thrown in.

I certainly don’t feel like my S has a high floor. One of my objections to my S is the LOW floor. Old backs don’t like it that much but luckily there’s enough seat movement so you can change positions for a little change for your back. Tons of legroom though.

Model S has a high floor in the sense there are no footwells for rear passengers’ legs. You end up sitting with your knees pretty high up. It’s not a problem for the front seats because you can stretch your legs forward in a driving position.

Serious question here. Can anyone tell me why the whole single pedal driving that Tesla (and some others) offer is better than the traditional coast method? I’ve tried driving in L in my Volt and personally hate it. I always have to have my foot on the gas, even when I just want to let it run a bit down a hill. My foot gets kind of tired at not being able to rest for a second here/there I guess. Compounding the problem is that unless we’re going to become two foot drivers (one for the gas, one for the break) I don’t feel it’s as safe. Say I’m going down a hill and I have to keep my foot on the gas somewhat and come up on a car going slow. Normally I would have my foot already on the break slowing down a bit so in the event they slam on the breaks for some reason I can push harder on the break. There is no picking my foot up off the gas, moving it to the break, and pressing the break. Probably not a lot of time but it’s enough time. I understand that regen is great,… Read more »

Well, I don’t know anything about it, but an astonishing majority of people love it.

As far as it being just software…I’m not so sure. Most hybrids do not do much, if any, regen when “coasting”. You have to apply the brake pedal, in which case, the sensor input for determining the amount of regen is on the brake pedal mechanism. Also, on most hybrids, the computer then determines how much of the braking can be done by regen and how much needs to be done by the regular brakes.

By contrast, as far as I know, Tesla’s brake pedal is like a traditional brake pedal, insofar as it is mechanically linked to the hydraulic brakes. No computer decisions…the more you push, the more the brakes brake.

In fact, if I remember a passage from an online copy of the owner’s manual, regen is actually disabled when you press the brake pedal. I could be wrong on that, though…it always seemed very odd to me that it could be true.

What do you mean that they don’t regen when they’re coasting?

My Volt, my old Prius, and a Prius PIP that I’ve driven all regen power when your foot is off the gas and you’re travelling at speed.

I go down a hill, several actually, on the way to work and at 50mph or so it says I’m putting 7kw back in to the battery. The same is true of the Prius but at less admittedly. If I press the break pedal in either of them then more power is shown going back to the battery. Don’t get me wrong I know the cars regen a lot more when the break is pressed than when it’s coasting I guess I just don’t get why Tesla forces you to do that.

I would find it odd that a Tesla doesn’t regen when the break pedal is pressed. If it’s smashed down than I’d believe that but all the hybrids/EVs I’ve driven regen when the break pedal is pressed. Seems like a waste not to. Heck, the old Prius had over 170k miles on it before it up and died and the breaks were never replaced.

C’mon, give ’em a brake, I mean break.

Telsa does have a way to turn it off, AFAIK. There are all sorts of adjustments in the Tesla regarding regen, creep mode, etc..

Also, in your Volt, you don’t HAVE to use L. Just use D and drive normally.

Never drive with two feet. That’s for mouth-breathers.

So you can turn it off? May have to look at that more next time I try one. I was trying out L mode because a lot of people said it was similar to their Tesla’s one pedal driving. With the drop in the MS I was considering it but can’t stand the L mode in the Volt. Maybe if I was driving down a mountain or something.

And ya, I know I don’t have to use L mode or two feet 🙂

I had a Volt for 3 years and I didn’t like L either. I have a Model S now and have actually gotten to like it better. I think you are just used to the coasting because that’s what you are used to. I know it’s hard but it is possible to change.

It’s just that with the Tesla, you can have extreme regen on the A pedal (if you want).

With a Volt, you have to shift to L, but even that is not as extreme as you can get in the Telsa.

Some people really like completely “one-footed” driving, especially on windy mountain roads or stop-and-go traffic.