Cutaway Of The Dual Motor System
Tesla deserves a bit of a slap on the wrist for this one for failure to comply with industry norms.
Previously, the automaker had stated that the horsepower ratings for the dual-motor Model S performance electric cars were simply calculated by adding the hp ratings for the front and rear motors to arrive at a combined figure.
Well, there's a restricting factor called a battery.
Due to battery energy restrictions, the dual-motor Model S sedans don't actually put out horsepower like the old ratings issued by Tesla, so the automaker has revised the figures.
This in no way affects the performance of the cars. They still accelerate just like they did before. The cars remain the sames, while the hp numbers get changed.
Via Teslamondo, here are the new, reduced hp ratings:
Tesla Model S P85D Specs From Launch A Year Ago
One month ago, Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel tried to explains the AWD HP & torque discrepancy that some Model S owner were questioning. Straubel's blog post on the topic can be found here.