Babineau With His P85D - Image Credit: Kevin Babineau via <a href=Business Insider" draggable="false">

Babineau With His P85D - Image Credit: Kevin Babineau via Business Insider

Some of the 242-mile EPA rated Tesla Model S P85Ds are now in the hands of actual owners.  The first owner, Kevin Babineau, tells his story in an interview with Business Insider:

"...this man owns lots of cars, including models from Ferrari, Mercedes, Ford, and Chevy. He has Humvees and Hummers, an electric car, and a ’69 Chevrolet Impala, among others. He calls himself a hobbyist."

Babineau owns a Tesla Roadster too, but the P85D is his first Model S.

“I’d been waiting for the year and a half or two years , watching them go by. It was something I wanted to do in the beginning, but when I heard about the all-wheel drive and the new stuff they were doing, that made the difference for me."

According to Business Insider:

"Babineau ordered all the car’s special features, including the tech package, the smart air suspension feature, the new premium seats, and more. Based on the features he ordered, that car costs about $130,000. He ordered it in "white pearl."

On December 5th, Babineau took delivery of the world's first P85D at Tesla's factory.  Babineau had not driven the P85D prior to taking delivery.  After his first drive, he was blown away:

"The speed, first of all, it’s so fast — you’re not used to experiencing that kind of speed. The first thing you do is smile and start laughing. The gentleman that was with me that came to pick it up with me, we were just laughing! The emotions that come out of that kind of speed, in that short a distance, your body’s not used to it. And it’s pulling so many G’s, it’s exciting — it’s roller coaster stuff. It’s fascinating, absolutely fascinating. And it does this to everyone I’ve had in the car, everyone just starts smiling or laughing. It’s pretty cool."

“It’s like a slot car, it’s scary how quick and how it sticks going around corners — you’re almost afraid to push it any more because you don’t know what the limit is anymore. It really is amazing for a four-door sedan, the way it slots around corners, and brakes, and takes off, it’s racecar stuff.”

Soon we'll have lots of P85D reviews from owners and we'd be willing to bet that most of those owners will be as impressed by the dual-motor Tesla as Babineau is.

Source: Business Insider