Tesla Model S P85D Test Drive Review


Tesla has been hard at work debunking the general public’s misconceptions of electric car’s range, charging times and luxury. Now Tesla has taken the Model S’ performance in to super car territory. New for 2015 is Tesla’s top of line Model S P85D, a 691 hp all wheel drive luxury rocket ship that can go 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and comes with a 253 mile range.

When one looks for a long range pure electric car, Tesla has no equal. This is due in large part to its huge 85 kWh battery located in the floor of the car. Combine the Tesla’s 253 mile range with their ever growing Supercharger Network and you literally have the ability to drive pure electric across the United States. Tesla’s Supercharger can deliver a charge of 80 percent in 30 minutes. In other words, it can add about 170 miles of range in those 30 minutes and owners have been setting record cross country times for pure EVs.

Elon Musk was right to call the P85D full on acceleration, “Insane Mode.” The first time I nailed the throttle in the P85D my cell phone went flying out of the cubby hole and I got pinned to the back of the seat. Think amusement park ride launch, as in Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster’s blast out of the chute at Disney. “Please secure all loose objects and keep your hands and legs inside the ride at all times.”

*Editor’s Note: The rest of this Model S P85D test drive review appears on BMWBLOG.  Please check it out by clicking here. Below is the score the p85D received from BMWBLOG.

Tesla Model S P85D Review Score

Tesla Model S P85D Review Score

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6 responses to "Tesla Model S P85D Test Drive Review"
  1. jdbob says:

    You mean the 550hp P85D? Adding up the rating for two motors doesn’t actually tell you how much can actually be delivered by the battery and power converters.

  2. miggy says:

    Performance All-Wheel Drive
    85 kWh battery with all-wheel drive
    90kWh upgrade increases range 6%
    491 km range (NEDC)
    3.3 seconds 0-100 kph
    3.0 seconds 0-100 kph with Ludicrous Speed Upgrade
    11.7 seconds 400 metre
    10.9 seconds 400 metre with Ludicrous Speed Upgrade
    193 kW front motor power
    375 kW rear motor power
    250 kph top speed

  3. skryll says:

    Isn’t this article already terribly outdated ? P90D with ludicrous speed supposedly 2.8s 0 to 60 mph is what’s current.

    1. miggy says:

      Yes skryll you are correct, this article is totally out of date as they are using outdated measurements.

  4. martinwinlow says:

    It seems like this article was written 2 years ago but never published and then slipped though to publication due to a low news day or something… MW

  5. BMWBLOG says:

    The car was tested last month before they announced the new mode. So this is what we had to work with. We will test the new car soon.