What Do You Want To Know About The Tesla Model S P85D?

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I've somehow persuaded Tesla to give me a brand spankin' new Model S. But not just any Model S. The D. And not just any D. The P85D. Yeah, the one that causes mild-mannered grandmas to hurl uncontrolled expletives as their feeble bones take 1 g of lateral acceleration. That one.

As if you needed any reminder about the P85D's specs, it's the range-topping dual-motor Model S, with a combined 691 horsepower and 687 lb-ft of torque delivering an official 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds.


A few things to understand about that number: First, it's the same 0-60 time as the McLaren F1, which was Elon Musk's benchmark. Second, it hits that mark despite weighing nearly a two and a half tons – 1,500 pounds more than the McLaren. Third, it obviously does all that without the maniacal blare of a V12.

That last part is what's blowing my mind.

Beyond sharing that otherworldly experience with friends, family, neighbors, pets, and random strangers who were about to walk into a Starbucks for a morning caffeine jolt but instead are now curled up on the sidewalk in an adrenaline-fueled stupor, I've got a few other plans. But before that, you probably have some questions. I'm here to answer them.

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Michael Ballaban

Damon, I think we need to talk about some thing. In person. So please bring the D here. Right now. Please.