Model S – P85D, the all-wheel-drive version of the battery-powered Model S, has set new benchmark when it was given 103 out of 100 in an evaluation by Consumer Reports test track in East Haddam, Connecticut.
The car is insanely quick, it accelerates from 0 to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour in 3.5 seconds. This sedan which seats five passengers is the quickest amongst all the tests ever conducted by Consumer Reports. Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ Head of Automotive Testing, said in an interview, “This is a glimpse into what we can expect down the line, where we have cars with the performance of supercars and the comfort, convenience and safety features of a luxury car while still being extremely energy efficient. We haven’t seen all those things before.”
Model S – P85D’s strong performance made Consumer Reports reassess how to weigh things such as acceleration. “The car’s thrust is forceful and immediate. It’s near-instant G-forces can otherwise be achieved only by leaping off a building – literally.”, says Consumer Reports.
This great news made positive impact on Tesla’s share on NASDAQ, pushing it to 8.07 percent to $242.99 on Thursday afternoon.
Despite the record score, Consumer Reports criticized Model S – P85D’s price – $127,820. The interior materials aren’t as opulent as other six-figure luxury cars that the Consumer Reports has tested. The organization states that Model S – P85D’s ride is firmer and louder than comparable luxury cars. Meaning, even small bumps and imperfections on the road are felt. Another downside of a fully electric car will be the constant watch on the distance of the next charging outlet (Tesla Supercharger where free energy is provided to Tesla owners), making a pleasure cruise a logistical hurdle.