When Tesla motors launched their first all-electric sports car; the Lotus Elise based Tesla roadster; it ushered in a new technological race to create a practical all-electric vehicle, skip to 2015, and Tesla gives us the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D. The original Model S had all the bells and whistles of an everyday car plus more and minus two crucial components; an engine and fuel tank. For 2015, Tesla seeks to improve upon the Model S by offering the P85D (D stands for Dual motor) as a successor to the earlier Model S, or a base for the next generation Tesla vehicles.
The 2015 Tesla Model S P85D is Heavier Than the Original Model S But Has More Power
Outside, the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D is a Model S aside from the “D” on the “P85” badge. The exterior put emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency complete with retractable door grips that retract flush with the body for a lesser drag coefficient and a fake front grill for obvious reasons. Under the hood is nothing but a trunk. The motors are installed in between the front and rear wheels and the combined power output of the dual motors are a whopping 691hp. No gear reduction, just a one speed direct drive making the throttle pedal a symbol of pure power as all 691 horses are ready to lunge at one tap of the throttle.
Inside the 2015 Model S P85D is a mix of luxury and subtlety. The interior is simple-looking until you see the two LCD displays. One on the instrument cluster, and the other is a massive 17” touch screen that replaces your typical centre console buttons. Alcantara leather is present on most surfaces and the seats are nice and cushy.
Driving the car is eerily quiet as there is no engine to make noise, even road noise is minimal as the large bed of batteries not only keep the car’s center of gravity low, but also deadens road noise. The car handles quickly and the steering feedback is on the spot, tap the throttle and a surge of power hits the wheels getting you from A to B literally in a snap.
The 2015 Tesla Model S P85D is a plug in hybrid, you don’t have to refuel and help the environment by not consuming fuel and emit fumes. If you drive conservatively with a close eye on the energy reserves, the Model S can go pretty far on a single charge. Luggage and seating space is excellent. For a quick car, the charging time is painfully slow on a 120 volt outlet, unless you opt for a 240 volt outlet, or the supercharger stations charging the Tesla is time consuming. Electric vehicle, immense power readily available, two trunk spaces, 5 seats plus 2 seats at the hatch, no gas to pay for, luxurious yet subtle interior, what more can you ask for this?