Road & Track Test Drives Tesla Model X

SEP 30 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 7

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

Road & Track had the opportunity to briefly test drive the Tesla Model X following last night’s reveal (full video/recap here).

Overall, Road & Track seems highly impressed with the electric crossover.

Here are some highlights from the test drive review:

“First off: This thing is crazy fast. I only got a blink-of-an-eye squeal out of a front tire during a Ludicrous Mode launch, most likely due to the choppy pavement of our tiny test loop.”

“In the few low- to mid-speed corners I was able to take, the Model X handled completely flat. Granted, I wasn’t diving for the apexes—not in the CEO’s car, thanks, I’d rather not end up in Elon’s pirhana pit—but at speeds that would start a “normal” crossover’s tires squealing, the Model X was utterly firm.”

“Ride quality was taut, but not at all punishing over the few dips and chops in the pavement.”

“It felt almost exactly like a buttoned-down sports sedan—just one where you happened to be sitting a foot higher than normal.”

More test drive notes at source link below.

Source: Road & Track

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First sentence reads “Model S.”

Fixed. Thanks! This will probably occur from time to time. S & X are too close to each other on the keyboard and S is entwined in our minds.

The E is just as close to the S as the X…;-)

In so far as there will be no rear wheel drive version of the Model X, and R&T wrote the legendary winter critique of the P85D lacking any mode but the full-on traction control (er, straight jacket) http://tinyurl.com/opql7m4 , we may as well conclude that, to Tesla, “Performance” and “Soccer Mom” are synonymous.

Don’t forget to pick up the milk.

Why would you let the wheels slip in an SUV? Presumably to allow the ice to move, or if you wanted to roll it over. Does anyone turn off traction control even in a porsche or bmw SUV?

It’s the idea of putting a “P” in front of such an expensive car, and taking away from the driver the control of characteristics they may want to exploit. This isn’t an ordinary SUV. The much lower rollover chart Musk showed makes it somewhat sedan-like. It has the power it has. I’ll be honest and say I’d gripe about “Sports” ever having been marketed into an acronym that defines a large hauling barge (SUV).

Spotting trend, I think it is fair to say Tesla’s selection of one suspension and drive mode, getting away from what they used to do, could be bad signs for how they plan to accommodate drivers in the future. I don’t think “slip” is the only input in Tesla’s TC system, before it becomes power limited.

Tesla did a Fantastic job with the Model X.

– Approach front door that opens and closes for you.
– 6.5 Star Crash Rating (Scale only goes to 5)
– Operating Room clean air inside the car
– Able to maneuver away from a side impact
– 3.2 sec to 60mph

WOW!