Tesla Model S P85D Confirmed As World’s Quickest 4-Door Sedan


Dual Motors Up The Performance Substantially

Dual Motors Up The Performance Substantially

Tonight, we announced Dual Motor Model S and Autopilot. Available for order now: 60D, 85D, and P85D.

P85D accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The fastest accelerating production four-door car ever.

Every new Model S has Autopilot hardware. More details to come.

Stated Tesla Motors after revealing the ridiculously quick Tesla Model S P85D.

So, the P85D is the “fastest,” (Tesla should say quickest) accelerating production four-door car ever built?  You bet it is.

Full specs, and debut event recap/video on the Tesla Model S P85D can be found here.

As the list (via Wikipedia) below shows, only a few sedans are even in the sub-3.5-second territory for 0 to 60 MPH.  Going by manufacturer reported times, we note that the Audi RS7 does the 0 to 60 MPH dash in 3.7 seconds, though the list shows a verified time of 3.2 seconds (same as manufacturer reported time for Model S P85D).  Additionally, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4matic accomplished the 0 to 60 MPH in a manufacturer reported time of 3.5 seconds, 0.3 seconds behind the AWD Model S.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo is close to as quick (3.7 seconds from 0 to 60 MPH) as the P85D and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (3.5 seconds) is in the ballpark too.

Green Car Congress has also put together a pretty great little synopsis on what each trim level of the Model S today can do, as well as compiled a swanky little chart (below)

Green Car Congress Put Together This Chart Of Output and Acceleration Numbers For The Model S - Both Old And New

Green Car Congress Put Together This Chart Of Output and Acceleration Numbers For The Model S – Both Old And New

The vehicles that beat the P85D on the list below all happens to be coupes, so Tesla’s announcement of the P85D being the world’s quickest production four-door ever built holds true.

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32 Comments on "Tesla Model S P85D Confirmed As World’s Quickest 4-Door Sedan"

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Number of doors aside, the really astounding thing is the weight of the vehicle. The P85D is nearly 5,000 lbs! What’s really cool is that it is beating cars with much better power/weight ratios. Instant 100% torque FTW!

Instant torque AND high gearing ratio.

It is like drivng the ICE in 1st gear all the way from idle to 60mph…

The Bugatti Veyron is nearly 4,500lbs, and it does 0-60 in under 3 seconds and a top speed of over 260mph. Yet no one even notices how much engineering goes into making a 4,500lb car that has a 16 or even 18 cylinder engine go 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. The Tesla may do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, but really? 155mph top speed? Wtf! I have a quote from a Tesla dealership: $120,000 car, I turned them down. I rather go buy a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS for $115,000 that does 0-60 only 0.5 seconds slower but goes up to 190mph, not 155! Better quality, better engineering, and cheaper price than the Tesla

Not looking forward to more DWD’s (Death Wish Drivers) wanting to go out in a blaze of glory, crashing into things– once these hit the roads. 🙁

How much power does one really need to get from point A to B?

The P85D is clearly not about getting from A to B. This car is about proving that an electric car can be BETTER than a gas car. This one’s for the naysayers and performance junkies.

The 85D and 60D are about getting AWD. As has been mentioned ad nauseam, many people living in snow country view AWD as a necessity in a car. The irony is that in a month from now, when the first snow starts to fly here, it is the AWD vehicles that will be upside down in the ditch. It happens every year. Meanwhile, I slow down a little, and my FWD cars get me where I’m going every time.

Yes, it’s nice to see the 60D even offered.

The 60D, now with 225 miles of range.

Agreed. I was surprised to learn that it would be orderable right off the bat. I was expecting the P85D to be the only AWD Model S for the next year, and then the technology slowly to trickle down to the less expensive models.

Maybe we will see a flurry of used 60/85kWh model S’ available as owners trade up to AWD.

You bet, my November 2013 S85 7K miles will be for sale next year. AWD is calling me. 😉

What I am surprised for is that Tesla did not already discontinue RWD Model S. I guess the reason why they keep it in production is that this way they can ask higher premium from 4WD version. But anyway, as only less than 5 % of customers will buy 2WD version, Tesla will discontinue 2WD version of S by the end of March 2015. Probably little earlier.

Non-AWD electric car just does not make any sense in any price category. As was clearly shown by the dramatic 11 % improvement of range.

So very true. I was going to buy one of these cars until the dealer was going to charge me $120,000! For an American car, I rather buy an upscale European car for that price that has better quality and precision. I could buy a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS for $115,000, it may be 0.5 slower 0-60 than the tesla but the top speed is sure a lot faster than this “slow top speed” tesla.

It’s quick 0-60mph, but a, 11.8 sec qtr mile lags quite a bit behind the E63 and RS7 by quite a bit. Several car lengths. If this is so, it shows the other cars walking away from the D at Highway speeds unfortunately. Can’t wait to see what the testers actually get in instrumented testing.

Lesson Learned? Buy a TESLA with a 1 Year Lease.

Yes there may be faster cars, but do it in a 5,000 pound vehicle with four doors, two trunks, able to carry seven, and all without gasoline? No other vehicle in the world can do that!!!

Well the E63 and RS7 are not small or light cars to begin with. They handily trap over 120mph in the qtr mile, and in the autobahn environment can cruise 155mph for an hour straight. And they are very luxurious too. But yes, the suck up the fuel. I’m hoping the Tesla S will trap over 118mph. Besides the quickness around town and within legal speeds will make it almost untouchable in everyday driving situations.

So on the list the E63 and RS7 both have been verified at 3.2 seconds. I’m hoping the D might also beat it’s 3.2 second manufacturer claim and truly take the sedan 0-60mph title instead of just tying the other two luxury sedans.

Now what about these 3 things:

1. Quarter mile.
2. Top speed.
3. Dodge Charger Hellcat acceleration.

Not that I really care, but…

The first two can be done, but the third can be done if that Dodge Charger Hellcat has no gasoline.

the Hell Cat is only faster with non street legal drag slicks.It is a full .5 seconds slower with stock tires.

Charger Hellcat on street legal drag radials and only 2 wheel drive does 0-60 in 2.9 second and, is faster in the quarter mile and 50mph faster on top end.It’s only 5 tenths slower with 2 wheel drive, give it four wheel drive and it would easily do it in 2.5.

E63 & RS7 are gas guzzlers

The only thing this car is good at is 0-60, rather than that the top speed is horrible for a car that does 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds, it’s overpriced, a Porsche Carrera GTS is cheaper and its top speed is a lot higher, plus you get a hand built german car with the utmost quality and precision. The Tesla Model S was “claimed” to be the worlds best car. Well it lost to the Mercedes Benz S Class in a Motor Trend Head to Head competition, so many “claiming” things doesn’t make it true until the real judges decide. Judges like at the New York Auto Show that were from over 22 different countries that named the Porsche 911 GT3 “2015 Best Performance Car of the Year” the Mercedes S Class “Best Luxury Car of the Year” BMW i3 “Best Car Design” & “Best Green Car” and Audi A3 “Best Car in the World” didn’t see Tesla under performance or “best” anything

So you took an electric car, made it as inefficient as possible, and the cult following eats it up. Why is this even an interesting feature? For 120k anyone can make a car go faster than anybody ever has any reason to go. Lame.

You clearly missed the part where they made the car MORE efficient (note: longer range on same battery).

And as we discussed above, this is about more than just ungodly acceleration. This is about introducing AWD as an option across the entire product range. Naturally the event highlighted the fastest version, but that’s not the only version.

“longer range on same battery”

hmmm… yet to be verified..

That is Tesla range vs. EPA range.. Apple and Orange.

Driving wheels offer less rolling resistance than driven wheels, simple physics.

This brings up the natural question. If the P85D is around a second faster 0-60, how much faster will the “D” versions of the 85 and 60 be compared with the RWD versions?

Will the 85D now be nearly as fast as the P85?

Many reports have said that the 60 is actually quicker than factory numbers say, and that it is pretty close to the 85. Will the 60D be faster than the RWD 85?

Hey Mike,

That is a good find, and a great chart by Green Car Congress…will add that into the story.

Ah! I see now. That chart with motor sizes explains a lot.

They’ve used smaller rear motors in the AWD versions to improve range, while still getting slightly better performance.

So not as much performance increase as I was thinking, but more range, which I actually appreciate more.

If AWD + smaller motors == more range + faster acceleration, I wonder who will be next to offer this?

An AWD Toyota RAV4 EV with 11% more range seems like a natural next move for Toyota (if they cared enough about EV’s to actually try).

Especially since the RAV4 EV hopelessly spins its tires under full throttle acceleration when the even quicker 13 doesn’t even chirp its tires with RWD.

Hm, I don’t know if Tesla is doing it right: the RS7 and the AMG S Class both accelerate in 3.2 seconds from 0 – 60 mph (btw where are the footnotes?) Top Speed AMG with three 4-door models 185mph, Porsche Panamera 186mph, BMW M5 187mph, Audi RS7 190mph. In a German test the Tesla Model S 85 ran into an energy saving mode after being pushed 3 times from 60 to top speed (115mph), that’s how people drive there all the time and often much faster. by the way, the European version of the Golf GTI has a top speed of 155mph. Must be a little frustrating to fight with a compact on the left lane of the autobahn while pretending being the quickest sedan.