One more hybrid car, the new 2016 Tesla Model S P85D. Tesla Model S is still pretty much the most prolific fully electric car in the world even though competition finally becomes stiffer and stiffer by the day. 2016 Tesla Model S, unlike before, comes in four different versions, of which P85D is the strongest one. This is more than a luxury electric sedan; it has a performance of a sports car.
2016 Tesla Model S P85D Engine
As its name suggests, 2016 Tesla Model S P85D has an 85 kWh battery pack which is stronger of the two available and delivers superb performance figures. It is all-wheel drive car with couple of electric motors; 470-horsepower rear one and frontal one with 221 horses.
|Type||dual electric motor configuration|
|Front engine output||221 HP|
|Front engine torque||244 LB-FT|
|Rear engine output||470 HP|
|Rear engine torque||443 LB-FT|
|0 – 6- mph||3.2 seconds|
Together, this electric powertrain accumulates as much as 691 horsepower and 686 lb-ft of torque which is enough for top speed of 155 mph and 0 to 60 time in 3.1 seconds. Every car enthusiast knows that these figures put many more serious sports and supercars alike to shame.
Design – Inside and Outside look
Design remains unchanged for now. Model S is still sleek and elegant, and performance edition is no different at all. Frontal fascia still has this glossy glow thanks to its covered oval grille. Rest of car’s lines are even better looking and one could easily relate this car to some Italian icons of the past. Arching roof adds to the flair, especially if you order the model with panoramic sunroof. Finally, car’s rear end is as handsome as the rest of the car and features a nice looking chrome garnish which cuts into trapezoidal tail-lights.
Interior also remains lavishly decorated, comfortable and futuristic. There aren’t many cabins like this, but then again, there aren’t many (or at all) cars like Tesla Model S either. Unlike the rest of the lineup, P85D gets carbon fiber accents and piano black wood veneers which complement high-quality leather seats and door panels.
Center screen fits all available controls which means that 2016 Tesla Model S P85D doesn’t offer any conventional buttons, knobs and the like. Of course, car packs no less than a 17-inch full color touch screen display which is still a record to the day. All available tech features are present as well, and, needless to say, Model S gets standard Wi-Fi router hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity.
With this come Bluetooth, voice controls, navigation and plenty more options. Safety passes the test with flying colors too and electric-only sedan offers standard rearview camera, parking sensors and parking assist, together with optional adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning.
2016 Tesla Model S P85D Price and MPG
2016 Tesla Model S P85D doesn’t lead the pack in efficiency, but it isn’t that far off either. It can travel up to 253 miles before its battery becomes depleted, and its biggest advantage over competitors enters the fray here. All Tesla’s are able to recharge their batteries in much less than any other manufacturers’ car, and there are available upgrades to move the bar even higher. However, Tesla’s also cost more, and P85D in particular starts from $105,670.
2016 Tesla Model S P85D represents a pinnacle of electric vehicle engineering, at least for the time being. It is a superb option as a commuter, but performs similarly well on highways as well. The thing is that long journeys are still Tesla’s main problem because of charging infrastructure problems.
|Tesla Models S 60 kWh Battery AWD||$75.070|
|Tesla Models S 85 kWh Battery||$85.070|
|Tesla Models S P85D 85 kWh Performance||$120.170|