Tesla Model S P85D Accelerates From 0 To 149 MPH – Video


Automann-TV takes a Tesla Model S P85D to 149 MPH on the Autobahn and includes a few other driving shots in the video above.  (speed run from the :20 mark)

Cool! Since when did it decide to turn red when it got near its top speed?

Cool! Since when did it decide to turn red when it got near its top speed?

Minus the few short comments from the driver and passenger, notice how quiet the Model S is as it reaches higher speeds?

The P85D is a perfect reminder that a loud car is not needed to go insanely fast.

Here is a bit more info via the video description:

“INSANEly Fast Autobahn acceleration test with the new Tesla Model S P85 D delivering a mind-blowing 700 hp and around 900 Nm of torque, at a standstill! Yes, the test was actually setting off from 5-10 km/h but nevertheless the acceleration in all scenarios is jut mind-blowing taking about 1 sec. from 0-50 km/h. To set the acceleration in perspective, the car weighs well over 2 tons, and we had 3 large adults on board. The power applied is actually dependent on how fast you hit the throttle and the problem is, that the g-forces (at least 2g) are so immense that you are pulled back while trying to mash the “gas” all the way through…never experienced something like this! As the car has only 1 gear its pretty obvious that the acceleration decreases once you are reaching higher speeds and the red numbers indicate that you are getting close to 250 km/h were the max rpms of the motors are reached.”

Moved over a few lanes (safely) and dashed away INSANELY fast!!!

Moved over a few lanes (safely) and dashed away INSANELY fast!!!

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Nice drive at 240km/h, note the speedo turns red at 235km/h

At the five o’clock position outside of the dial, is that an image of a figure praying? If so, that is so awesome!

Joke’s on me! I just saw the video and it’s a reflection of the guy’s glove.

This video just goes to show how slow the Tesla is after the initial launch. You can see in the video below, my modded 2008 335i ran low 11 second qtr mile times, trapped 132 mph. Did 100-210kph in less than 7 seconds, whereas the Tesla takes more than TWICE as long. Even the new M4, or M5 will run low 7’s with simple mods.


The standard measurement of 60-130 mph is what many car enthusiasts compare, since it negate the traction problems at the start of an acceleration run. For the most part, I still had to worry about traction when punching it at 60mph.

The Tesla traps about 15mph less, so it would need about another 170HP to keep pace.

Yah ive noticed that also while watching Model S’s at the drag strip or at a road course. Once there up and running their not all that fast.

I wonder if they should have a transmission even if its only 2 or 3 gears.

Yes, there are better track cars. However, how often do you need to accelerate from 100 kph to 210 kph on the street?

Also, traction at the start is important in daily usage, so should be counted unless you’re just comparing high-speed toys.

ELROY said:

“The standard measurement of 60-130 mph is what many car enthusiasts compare, since it negate the traction problems at the start of an acceleration run.”

Yeah, if I owned a modified gas guzzler drag racer, I’d also want to ignore the fact that several types of stock plug-in EVs can outperform it in a 1/8 mile race or a 0-to-30 speed test. And no doubt I’d try to come up with some excuse to pretend the 60-to-130 time is some sort of “standard”. 😉

Nope….just a thing that people on the exotic car forums pay attention to, and why they dismiss the Teslas as not even being in the same league. You see, most of those cars, including my 335i will run 0-60 in the three second range anyways. The Tesla may be quicker with its AWD in regular driving from and standing start. But with a car with a high trap speed of 132mph, will usually be capable of a 10 second qtr mile, and sub 3 second 0-60 times “if” it has sufficient traction. My car ran a 11.1 second qtr mile with a soft 2nd gear launch. The Tesla with an insane 0-60 launch will never do a 11.1 second qtr mile with that weak 114mph trap speed. So these cars that trap around 130 mph will still pull you back in the seat at 70mph where a Tesla is weak. And why all this talk about real world. Unless you are always at a stop lined up, the real world involves passing people on the freeway starting at fwy speeds. In case the 130mph trap cars will run away from a Tesla. You ask about where in th world you… Read more »
Elroy doth protest too much. The “real world” in the United States does not involve 60-130mph on regular roads/highways/freeways. I would have to agree with Lensman. And while 60-80mph might be worth discussing, over 100mph is a recipe for having your license revoked. Unless you are on a track or the autobahn, this is not relevant. The fact is that a cop would likely pull you for reckless driving for dropping the hammer 0-60mph in 3 seconds in a P85D, even if you were in a 65mph zone. If there is one constant about the Tesla Model S acceleration, it is this: Those that disparage the P85D are the same people that haven’t driven one. If there is a second constant about these folks, it is this: They describe their current ride as “modded”. If there is a third constant about these folks, they repeat the same argument over and over in each of their responses, in a seemingly defensive cut-and-paste retort. You can tell Tesla is doing something right when a stock (um, that would be “non-modded”) P85D blows the tires off nearly all other production vehicles under $120K, and in the process gets the racer-boys and ICE defenders… Read more »

The world standard is 0 to 100km/h and for safe passing it’s 80 to 120km/h time. Car nuts check it at 0-100-150-200km/h or every 50km/h

Well here in the United States we normally use 60-130mph.(96.5-209.2KPH). So you can see a 100-200KPH time will be a little quicker than a 60-130 time. Every once in a while, someone for a foreign country will ask me what the 100-200 KPh time is, so I have to convert it for them. Here you can see a list of some popular production cars. You can see my 6.9 second time clocked in just under the Enzo. As you can see, the P85D would even had made it to last place on this list. And yes,I posted a video while testing a P85D over two years ago. Here is a test of my car doing 0-60 in 3.3 seconds with a mild/easy 2nd gear launch. Still trapped at 130mph in the qtr mile. My friend just got a P85D, so we will test soon too. As I said, you can launch fast with an electric car, so impressive quarter mile and 0-60 times, but on a roll, or at highway speeds, the car with the high trap speed will dominate and walk away. That is why you just saw the Ferrari on this website race from a stand still and… Read more »

I forgot to attach my 3.3 second 0-60 mph time with a mile 2nd gear launch.

Again,I did that run 4 years ago. That was on stock turbos. My friend has a 135i with upgrade turbos that ran 60-130mph in the 5 second range.

Elroy said: “I have fun beating people across the intersection with my LEAF all the time. But I know not to try and challenge anyone on a roll, where the LEAF would be at a major disadvantage. Its best for 0-30mph sprints, and then flattens out.” Glad we agree on the important things, Elroy! As for the rest: I think we’re mostly talking past each other. I’m sure you noticed I carefully specified 1/8 mile drag races and 0-30 acceleration times, while I notice that you carefully specified 1/4 mile drag races and timed runs at higher speeds. Let’s be clear here: Yes, as you said, well-built stock EVs like the Leaf (and the Model S) do well at informal stoplight drag racing, and in 0-30 sprints. But with only a single gear, they will be outrun by real race cars in longer drag races, such as the 1/4 mile, and will be outrun at high speeds by high performance gas guzzlers. I personally have no interest in track racing, nor do I ever intend to drive 100 MPH or more on public highways. However, I have a friend who is into drag racing, both street racing and track racing,… Read more »

A typo or misunderstanding, because you cannot have tested the P85D two years ago.

ELROY said:

“The Tesla may be quicker with its AWD in regular driving from and standing start.”

The older, rear wheel drive Model S has been blowing away all but the very tip-top of the 1/8 mile drag racing competition ever since its debut in 2012. The twin motor, all wheel drive version has slightly better acceleration, but only slightly.

Again, we’re talking about a stock Model S here… no modifications at all, not even special tires.

Sorry, I have made experience with hundreds of drag strip runs. You don’t need special tires with the AWD platform. My best time was a 3.0 second 0-60 time, again with a soft 2nd gear launch. The Tesla couldn’t match my 1/4 mile time, period. I haven’t researched, but perhaps the P85d 0-100mph time was closer to my time in the 7 second range? The point is, im not the one disturbed, as my car would have run with the Tesla 0-60, beat it in the qtr mile, and ran away from it in top speed. I’m just trying to quell any misconception about how fast a P85d is. Its fast off the line, and decent midrange, poor top end. (compared to the current performance luxury sedans (AMG/M5/RS7). just the facts to help people understand. Remember that 458 racing the Tesla? The 458 struggled off the line in the video..but the fact is the 458 official 0-60 time is very close to the P85d, but with a 130mph trap speed and 11 second flat qtr mile, the Tesla has no chance. That’s why I’m trying to tell you to look at the trap speeds and 60-130 times. That tells you… Read more »

Talking of fast cars, a few days ago there was a 24h endurance race (24h du Mans) and it happened that first 5 cars on the ranking at the end of the race were all hybrids. The Porsche 919 that won had 400Hp out of 900 produced by an electric motor (coupled with a liquid cooled li-ion battery). I guess the technology is quite different than what we need for day to day use but I found interesting that a carmaker would invest enough in R&D to eventually obtain an electric drivetrain + li-ion battery that is rugged enough to win a 24h endurance race (and win in front of many petrol cars).

I always use that argument to petrol heads, telling them that the fastest cars are hybrid electric! Electric cars are the most efficient in the world, and hybrid electric the fastest. Please realize I have since switched to a Focus EV and LEAF as my only cars and love showing people how amazing electric cars are everyday. I just realize the limitations of BEVs at the moment.

Have you noticed that in this video is not the same race from the beginning to the end? Check km before 0:30 (9509 km), and after (9481).