Tesla Model S P85D Among Top Ten Most Powerful Sedans Available Today


Tesla Model S P85D

Tesla Model S P85D

Yes, the Tesla Model S P85D is a beast, but where does it rank among the “Top 10 Most Powerful Sedans” available today?

Well, according to Road & Track, the P85D ranks #2.  Only one sedan, the Dodge Charger Hellcat, cranks out more power than the mighty P85D.

Here’s Road & track’s intro to its “Top 10 Most Powerful Sedans” article:

“Let’s say that you have a family to transport but also want a car that is ludicrously powerful. In days gone by, that’d be a problem. But now, there’s a plethora of sedans on the market that have more than 500 horsepower that can get you and your spawn from point-to-point in record time.”

And this is what Road & Track says of the P85D:

Tesla Model S P85D – 691 horsepower

Its real trump card is instant torque. Acceleration is unreal.

As for the #1 most powerful sedan, here’s the Road & Track comment on that monster:

Source: Road & Track

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26 responses to "Tesla Model S P85D Among Top Ten Most Powerful Sedans Available Today"
  1. offib says:

    I just want to know why is almost every publisher afraid to put the Tesla Model S (or any other respectable plug-in) first when compared head to head with a petrol car? That Model S vs. Citroen DS / Mercedes S-CLass / Hellcars comparison videos come to mind.

    Also, what happened to Ludicrous mode? Wasn’t that going to have over 760bhp?

    1. offib says:

      *S Class / Hellcat – as a correction, my old man!

    2. goodbyegascar says:


      I have seen those reviews, where, in the final analysis, they stubbornly refuse to concede that the traditional gas car has finally lost to the new high-performance electric.

      These reviewers like to cite that intangible “certain something” about a Mercedes S-Class or Citroen DS or Dodge Hellcat.

      Suddenly, these reviewers reveal that they have always loved the smell of car exhaust, the poorly-controlled engine vibration, and all the attention they get from making lots of noise.

      It’s mostly just a bunch of alpha-personality pretense played to an audience of knuckleheads who have missed the whole point of having personal transportation in the first place.

  2. Jelloslug says:

    The Tesla is faster though

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      quicker != faster.

  3. scottf200 says:

    P90D with Ludicrous option (P90D – underscore in cars physical emblem on back indicates Ludicrous option purchased)

    It is the 30-60 MPH range that they really improved. 0-30 is about the same.

    Videos via TMC Pete90D user

  4. KC says:

    The P85D doesn’t even really have 691hp without ludicrous mode. The battery fuses limited power delivery to 1300 amps. It was slightly misleading from Tesla that the motors are “capable” but the rest of the system wasn’t. A lot of unsatisfied owners at TMC.

    1. viktor says:

      The Model S does have totally 691 hp but the motors have maximum power at different speed wish means that even if you but a coal plant directly to a Model S you want be able to get 691 hp at one time. When Koenigsegg show the new car Regera they said that the combustion engine have 1100 hp and the electric engine have 700 hp. But you can only get out little over 1500 hp because they have maximum output at different speeds.

      1. KC says:

        Unfortunately this is only true for the p85/90d and not any other Tesla model. Every other model is rated correctly, even 70d/85d. So why the discrepancy…see the complaints over at TMC.

        1. JakeY says:

          70D and 85D were both rated at 514hp “motor power” at some point and they obviously don’t make that much at the wheels at one time.

          The only difference is that Tesla never published a total system power for the P85D/P90D.

    2. Koenigsegg says:

      Who the hell cares what the HP number is.

      The car is insanely quick

  5. philip d says:

    Technically the Charger Hellcat can hit the 1/4 mile in 11 seconds while the Tesla P90D can hit it in 10.9 seconds.

    In reality the Tesla will hit a lot closer to 10.9 consistently than the Hellcat can hit its numbers. Looking at track results you can see it varies wildly depending on the driver. There are lots of high 11’s and even some low 12’s in the Charger Hellcat on street tires.

    The Tesla however will have no problem hitting right at 11 or low 11’s by any driver just by simply stomping on the accelerator.

    So there really is no argument. Tesla is quicker to 30,60 and the 1/4 mile. Charger Hellcat is faster with a top speed of 204 mph.

    So I guess R&T’s definition of more “powerful” means just more hp numbers which means nothing if you don’t look at curb weight and powertrain characteristics.

    1. james says:

      Aaahh, where’s the +1 button!

    2. Elroy says:

      Look at the Consumer Reports test data comparing the Hellcat vs P85D. The Tesla pulls harder for only 2.5 seconds. After that the Hellcat is accelerating TWICE as hard. I ran 3 qtr mile tests in the P85D this weekend. (with 180lb passenger)
      12.0 at 111.7 mph. 1.8 sec 60 time. 3.5 sec 0-60mp

      12.1 at 10.9mph. 1.8 sec 60′. 3.4 sec 0-60

      Without a passenger, I probably would have squeaked in a high 11 sec qtr mile. But the 111mph trap speed is extremely disappointing. A Hellcat traps 124mph, which is why it runs down the Tesla top end. Even a M3 runs close to 119mph traps.

      1. Elroy says:

        that 2nd run was 110.9mph.
        Additionally, it took forever to hit 130mph in the Tesla. It took 15.5 seconds to run the 60-130mph, vs 6.9 seconds in my modded BMW 335i, which trapped 132mph in the qtr mile.

      2. Philip d says:

        Your real world results are noted and are in line with Consumer Reports. But quite a few reputable more auto oriented publications have gotten better times consistently. Look at Motor Trend’s review and test of the P85D for example.

        And for this discussion we really have to move on from the P85D that you have tested to the current high performance version the P90DL to make a proper comparison. The P90DL is supposed to drop the 1/4 mile time on paper to 10.9 seconds from 11.6 for the P85D. Probably will have a trap of ~120.

        I have no first hand knowledge of real world performance of the P90DL but I would still stand by my original assertion that the new improved Model S will still be quicker than the Charger Hellcat to 30, 60 and the 1/4 mile with the Hellcat Being faster from there at the trap to top end.

        So it goes back to their definition of which is more “powerful”. I guess they are deciding that “powerful” means faster rather than quicker. Their comparison might have been taken more seriously if they used a more specific term like “faster” rather than “more powerful”.

        1. Elroy says:

          As the car is only a few months old, it is going in for the Ludicrous upgrade soon as it is available, and I will test it again. Hopefully the 20% better top end acceleration will help that 15.5 second 60-130 time substantially.

          1. philip d says:

            Please keep us updated!

  6. Nate says:

    Results are clearly ordered by horsepower, and the article is titled accordingly. It isn’t titled quickest sedans.

    I’d prefer the Tesla in this group no question. If I had to choose among the others I like the E63 in wagon form due to its utility, and sleeper aspect.

    If racing quarter miles is your thing, then go with the Hellcat. Upgrade tires, ecu, intake & exhaust, then tune it. You’ll pull away from the Tesla before the end of the 1/4 mile instead of just after it. $33k post credit price difference buys plenty of performance upgrades, and gas (or a used Leaf).

    1. philip d says:

      I understand that’s how they ordered things but that was what I was critiquing. You could have a tractor with twice the hp of a car but that doesn’t tell you anything. The car will probably still be quicker and faster. Another example would be to compare a classic muscle car with a modern car with the same exact hp. The modern car is likely to be quicker and faster with its modern, more efficient drivetrain and engine even though it has the same hp.

      HP and “powerfulness” are not very good ultimate descriptions for comparing a cars’ abilities.

      1. Nate says:

        I understand that. 1/4 mile times are over-rated performance stat. I find it refreshing to not focus on that. Luckily, when they do real comparisons tests that is just one small part of what makes up the rankings, unlike what you see in comment sections here and elsewhere. This clearly isn’t a serious competitive review. Not everything has to be.

  7. Mister G says:

    Tesla is number one…hellcat is a gas guzzling pollution factory.

  8. Nix says:

    I refer to rules 4 and 6 of “The 7 rules of Dodge SRT Hellcat ownership” created by a frustrated Hellcat owner who was tired of seeing videos of Hellcats getting crushed on the internet.

    4) Do not race anything with AWD
    6) Do not race electric vehicles

    /end thread

    1. Stimpy says:

      7) Do not race any significant distance from a gas station. (13 MPG!)

  9. Koenigsegg says:

    i’ve yet to see a hellcat on the road

  10. Koenigsegg says:

    Dodge cant dodge the P90D