The Tesla P85D was the “D” Elon Musk has been alluding to all week on social media – but what is it?
No doubt you’ve seen Elon Musk’s tweets all about “the D.” Is Tesla moving to Detroit? I hear it’s cold in the D.
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But no. Tesla is not moving from its home in California, right next to Elon Musk’s other company – Space X.
Musk stated proudly at the reveal that, “We were able to improve almost everything about the car, which is a rare thing.”
The REGULAR Tesla Model S is already one of the best sedans money can buy (some go as far as to claim that it is the most important vehicle for sale in the world today). To improve on that legacy is a true testament to the capabilities of the company.
So what is “the D?”
D is for Dual. Not the low-quality car audio brand found in the bargain bin of your favorite big box store, but Dual as in two. Dual motors. The new cars (yes, cars – plural) are the 60D, 85D, and P85D. They all use a pair of motors, with the new addition of a 188 horsepower front motor. Yes, that means the new breed of Teslas is all-wheel-drive.
For the 60D and 85D, the same 188 horsepower motor controls the rear wheels as well, giving a combined output of 376 horsepower. That’s a pretty respectable number, considering that just ten years ago, a Corvette made less power (360 horses for a non-Z06, for those keeping score).
The Tesla P85D, though? That’s an entirely different animal. That is Tesla’s supercar sedan. Since we’re all about the Biscuits and Crazy here at Auto Waffle, that’s what we’re going to focus on.
The Tesla P85D maintains the same 470 horsepower motor at the rear that the current Model S uses, IN ADDITION to the same 188 horsepower motor for the front. That means it’s good for a staggering amount of power.
691 horsepower. 687 lb-ft. of torque.
Not only that, the Tesla P85D goes from 0-60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds. Faster than a 707 horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat. Faster than a Porsche Panamera Turbo S. Faster than a BMW M5. Faster than a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. Give us the D, we want it now. The secret, of course, to the insane acceleration is the fact that electric motors make all of their torque from a stop. At 0 RPM, you step on the gas and ALL of the power is available.
Here’s a break down of the capabilities of the new crop of Teslas compared to the previous generation:
Tesla Model S Dual Motor Specs (vs comparable single-motor model)
Note: The Tesla Model S P85D specifically has 50/50 weight distribution and 1 g maximum lateral acceleration.
60D: 125 mph (vs 120 mph for 60 kWh)
85D: 155 mph (vs 125 mph for 85 kWh)
P85D: 155 mph (vs 130 mph for P85)
0–60 mph Acceleration
60D: 5.7 sec (vs 5.9 sec)
85D: 5.2 sec (vs 5.4 sec)
P85D: 3.2 sec (vs 4.2 sec)
Quarter Mile Times
60D: 14 sec (vs 14.2 sec)
85D: 13.5 sec (vs 13.7 sec)
P85D: 11.8 sec (vs 12.6 sec)
60D: 362 lb-ft — 181 lb-ft front, 181 lb-ft rear
85D: 362 lb-ft — 181 lb-ft front, 181 lb-ft rear
P85D: 687 lb-ft — 244 lb-ft front, 443 lb-ft rear
Electric Motor Output
60D: 376 hp—188 hp front, 188 hp rear (vs 380 hp rear)
85D: 376 hp—188 hp front, 188 hp rear (vs 380 hp rear)
P85D: 691 hp—221 hp front, 470 hp rear (vs 470 hp)
60D: 4597 lbs (+ 176 lbs)
85D: 4824 lbs (+ 176 lbs)
P85D: 4936 lbs (+ 291 lbs)
60D: 225 miles (vs 215 miles)
85D: 295 miles (vs 285 miles)
P85D: 275 miles (vs 285 miles)
If that’s not sci-fi enough for you, the Tesla P85D and its new siblings also come with a semi-autonomous autopilot mode. With optical cameras to read road signs and traffic lights, and a 360 degree sonar system, the car can control itself fairly well with minimal input from the driver. If traffic slows down, the car can sense this and slow down with it, even if it means coming to a complete stop. Hit the turn signal indicator and the car will change lanes if the path is clear. This is, without question, the most technologically advanced automobile in the world.
Even the brakes are improved. The Tesla P85D and its siblings use an electromechanical brake system that uses an electric motor and a spring to control pedal feel. Traditional power brakes are controlled by a vacuum booster. The only other vehicle currently using a system like this is another well-known green hypercar – the Porsche 918. The spring setup allows for greater control over the brakes in auto pilot mode. If that’s not enough for you, Tesla can tune the braking feel to be what you want it to be.
The real kicker, though? Despite the announcement officially coming today, this technology has been installed in every car produced by Tesla for the last two weeks.
Welcome to the world of tomorrow.