World’s First Tesla Model S P85D Owner Gets Interviewed


Babineau With His P85D - Image Credit: Kevin Babineau via Business Insider

Babineau With His P85D – Image Credit: Kevin Babineau via Business Insider

Some of the 242-mile EPA rated Tesla Model S P85Ds are now in the hands of actual owners.  The first owner, Kevin Babineau, tells his story in an interview with Business Insider:

“…this man owns lots of cars, including models from Ferrari, Mercedes, Ford, and Chevy. He has Humvees and Hummers, an electric car, and a ’69 Chevrolet Impala, among others. He calls himself a hobbyist.”

Babineau owns a Tesla Roadster too, but the P85D is his first Model S.

“I’d been waiting for the year and a half or two years [after the first Model S came out], watching them go by. It was something I wanted to do in the beginning, but when I heard about the all-wheel drive and the new stuff they were doing, that made the difference for me.”

According to Business Insider:

“Babineau ordered all the car’s special features, including the tech package, the smart air suspension feature, the new premium seats, and more. Based on the features he ordered, that car costs about $130,000. He ordered it in “white pearl.”

On December 5th, Babineau took delivery of the world’s first P85D at Tesla’s factory.  Babineau had not driven the P85D prior to taking delivery.  After his first drive, he was blown away:

“The speed, first of all, it’s so fast — you’re not used to experiencing that kind of speed. The first thing you do is smile and start laughing. The gentleman that was with me that came to pick it up with me, we were just laughing! The emotions that come out of that kind of speed, in that short a distance, your body’s not used to it. And it’s pulling so many G’s, it’s exciting — it’s roller coaster stuff. It’s fascinating, absolutely fascinating. And it does this to everyone I’ve had in the car, everyone just starts smiling or laughing. It’s pretty cool.”

“It’s like a slot car, it’s scary how quick and how it sticks going around corners — you’re almost afraid to push it any more because you don’t know what the limit is anymore. It really is amazing for a four-door sedan, the way it slots around corners, and brakes, and takes off, it’s racecar stuff.”

Soon we’ll have lots of P85D reviews from owners and we’d be willing to bet that most of those owners will be as impressed by the dual-motor Tesla as Babineau is.

Source: Business Insider

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5 responses to "World’s First Tesla Model S P85D Owner Gets Interviewed"
  1. Kaiser says:

    The article here is less interesting than the top photo, which shows a ridiculously cramped parking space. How do Tesla owners park such a wide car at the mall. Valet?

    1. Mikael says:

      Cramped? Looks pretty normal sized to me. Maybe even a bit wider than normal considering the width of the Tesla.

    2. Nicklas says:

      It will be awesome when/if you are able to park your car with the phone/app… Just stop the car outside the parking spot where it is plenty of room, get out of the car, have it go inside the square using the app 🙂

    3. wraithnot says:

      Most places in the US are designed to handle SUVs and full-sized pickup trucks so parking a Model S isn’t that big of a problem. Although it is a pain at some parking lots in San Francisco so my wife leased a BMW i3 rather than borrow my Model S a couple of times a week.

      1. Delta says:

        A truly First World problem!