Consumer Reports Wonders “Is The Tesla Model S P85D The Quickest Car Ever?”

APR 29 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 26

CR's Tesla Model S P85D ready for action!

CR’s Tesla Model S P85D ready for action!

You may have already seen that Consumer Reports just recently picked up its own Tesla Model S P85D.

As you probably already know, the P85D accelerates from 0-60 mph in only 3.1 seconds.

Thus, Consumer Reports wonders, “Is The Tesla Model S P85D The Quickest Car Ever?

Of course, there are a few super cars that cost over $1 million dollars that are specifically built to go from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds; but remember, the P85D weighs nearly 5,000 lbs and it’s a family sedan.

Though the P85D is not your typical sedan and it’s not the quickest car in the world, Consumer Reports sums up the intense acceleration likes this:

“A sudden downward twitch of your right foot, and the rush of blood to the head happens far too quickly for your brain and body to respond in sentient fashion. A lifetime of experience that such powerful forces must be accompanied by raging sound and fury is denounced by silence. You become divorced from logical thought. It takes actual conscious action to keep yourself from reaching for the door in a panic, to eject yourself from this silent maelstrom. It is frightening, gleeful punishment. 

It’s been nearly 24 hours since the Tesla abused me so, and in jogging my memory to type these passages, my hands are visibly shaking….”

Check out CR’s full report here.

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26 Comments on "Consumer Reports Wonders “Is The Tesla Model S P85D The Quickest Car Ever?”"

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Haha! I love his summary description of insane mode.

I’ve had the pleasure of driving the model T and man was it fun

The AWD Nissan GTR accelerates from 0-60 mph in only 2.7 seconds, and it has a base price of only $101,770. It also smokes the Model S in the quarter mile. Just sayin’. 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDqyo9z86zc

…but it doesn’t do it silently, and THAT is what seems to have our reporter so shaken in the Tesla.

Also it uses gas which for some makes it not applicable as a viable option in particular daily transport.

I was just giving an example of a lower cost option to the $1,000,000+ super cars the author mentioned in the story:

“Of course, there are a few super cars that cost over $1 million dollars that are specifically built to go from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. . .”

If a had to choose, I’d take the P85D in a heartbeat over the GTR. 😀

Nor does it carry 7 passengers and have a “frunk”

..but a GTR can easily be tuned and upgrade for much more power.

Even a stock GTR is much faster in many ways — high speed acceleration, acceleration from a rolling start, braking, cornering, ect. The Model S is close to as fast in one thing and that is about it.

hmmm cost is relative. But one thing is that gtr will have a much higher insurance bill (TCO really ), not to say anything of the forum bashers that have taken aim at reliability. But i suppose the more interesting question is when does it not matter and has the tesla succeeded in the goal which is sort of 2 fold, even if it fails financially as a company (ancillary goal ) . 1. Electric cars don’t have to be viewed as the figurative gulf carts. 2. Create a market and therefore prove the viability of a clean and ultimately more affordable alternative to ICE.

Judging by the youtube videos #1 has been accomplished. #2 remains a question mark but probably inevitable due to cost economics, whether implied or real.

Only $101,000? The P85D starts at $105,000. Same price. And the P85D seats 5 comfortably with lots of luggage.

Nissan GTR is for rich kids with their hats on crooked. Model S P85D is for the responsible rich dad who grew out of two door sports cars but still likes to go insanely fast from time to time. Where you gonna put your kids in a GTR?

Kids cant afford a new GTR, so they import skylines from Japan.

The last guy i saw driving a R35 was a grey haired guy.

There both fantastic cars that I will likely never own. lol

It won’t likely have an “Insane Mode”, but perhaps Model 3 will provide brisk and compelling acceleration called, “Charmingly Psychotic” mode? 😉

LOL! 😉

In right-hand-drive countries, there will be an option to display this as “Bloody Daft” mode, or for the more conservative driver, “Rather Eccentric”.

I vote for “Ludicrous Speed!”

Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) does 0-60 in 2.6 sec… much less than a million dollars.

Next article: Is model s the cheapest car ever? Well, no it isn’t but we had nothing else to write about.The article after that one could maybe be: Is model s the most beautiful car ever? No it isn’t

The Model S is certainly one of the more aesthetically pleasing of the majority of available EV’s on the planet.

Compare a Tesla to an iMieve, Leaf, Think City, Coda, i3, Chevy Spark, Toyota Rav4 EV, Volt (gen 1), etc… The Tesla is not an “Eco Penalty Vehicle” or “weird mobile”, by any stretch of the imagination.

Its one of the most beautiful cars designed, almost design perfection

its not possible to declare “the best looking car ever”

I wasn’t saying the car is ugly. Just making fun of the stupid title of this idiot article. Is Japan the biggest country in the world? we’ll let you know right after the ads

+1

“A lifetime of experience that such powerful forces must be accompanied by raging sound and fury is denounced by silence. You become divorced from logical thought. It takes actual conscious action to keep yourself from reaching for the door in a panic, to eject yourself from this silent maelstrom.”

This is really great prose. The combination of the extreme acceleration with the dead silence does confuse people.

Accelerating fast is indeed something electric cars can do on a tighter budget as compared to ICE. In my opinion any seconds gained below 6-7 seconds on the 0-60 mph is not really “useful” for a sedan but anyway it is good publicity for EV’s. So as it is much cheaper to get high power from an electric engine than from an internal combustion engine probably most EV’s should be a little quicker than comparable ICE. At least they should ideally never be slower.

GO TESLA GO

What does our Model S do 0-30mph? If we’re talking quickest, which is off the line, the 30mph mark means most..

..useless.

No one talks about 0-30 for cars in this league. For a straight line, its a quarter mile. For a track its other metrics that don’t even start at 0.