P85d Stories December 29, 2015


If you thought that the love story between Consumer Reports and Tesla was over, you were wrong. The magazine published a top 10 list of the cars it tested in 2015 and the Tesla Model S somehow managed to get the first and second positions.

Consumer Reports lists the “Tesla Model S” as the second best car tested and the “Tesla Model S P85D” as the first. It is the only vehicle with two different versions on the list – both Mercedes and Audi have two cars on the list, but they are different models (E250-S550 and  A8-A6). expand full story

P85d Stories November 16, 2015

Tesla Model S, photographed in Switzerland by James Lipman // jameslipman.com
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There’s been some concerns over the way Tesla is reporting the power output of its Model S, especially the Dual Motor version. Until recently, the company advertised the combined power output of both motors without accurately accounting for the limitations of the battery pack.

This resulted in the Model S rarely, if ever achieving the advertised horsepower. After several complaints from owners, CTO JB Straubel wrote a blog post explaining the logic behind Tesla’s calculations, but some owners in Norway still moved forward with formal complaints to the local consumer protection agency. expand full story

P85d Stories September 25, 2015

Tesla opens Ludicrous battery pack retrofit pre-orders to P85D owners

On Friday, Tesla opened pre-orders for the ‘Ludicrous’ battery pack retrofit upgrade to Model S P85D owners. Tesla announced the ‘Ludicrous’ mode over 2 months ago as a $10,000 option on Tesla’s top performance model, which had become the P90D at that point since the company announced a battery pack capacity increase to 90 kWh alongside the Ludicrous option. The new package enables faster acceleration: 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

P85d Stories September 23, 2015

Insane versus Ludicrous – drag race with the Tesla Model S P90D and P85D [video]

Yesterday DragTimes published an interesting short video of a Tesla Model S P90D on ‘Ludicrous mode’ drag racing a P85D on ‘insane mode’.

The P90D has an advertised 0 to 60 mph acceleration  in 2.8 seconds, while the P85D can get to 60 in 3.1 seconds.

P85d Stories August 27, 2015


Consumer Reports published its detailed review of the Tesla Model S P85D this morning  and the product review magazine says that their ratings system had to be modified because the P85D scored 103 out of 100. After changing the system, Tesla’s all-wheel drive performance vehicle achieved a perfect score of 100.

Consumer Reports tested previous versions of the Model S in the past few years and they always had great things to say about the vehicle, even calling it the best car they ever tested, and this time is no exception.  expand full story

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