Tesla’s new all-wheel drive Model-S, unveiled last week, is better and faster than its predecessor. In fact, its one of the fastest saloons ever made, giving even high-end sports cars a run for their money. What was that about electric cars being slow and impractical?
The top-of-the-line, dual-motor-equipped P85D, christened “The D” by Tesla CEO Ellon Musk, is redefining the electric car and is the company’s latest attempt to break the electric car stigma.
The P85D is an improvement over the previous two-wheel drive in every way: efficiency, acceleration, range, top speed, and futuristic technology.
A few of the features include:
- lane keeping and self-adjusting cruise control
- from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 155 miles per hour
- drive for 275 miles on a single charge
- an autopilot that can “see anything”
At the launch event for the new model, Musk said Tesla is attempting to “push the limit” on what’s legal for self-driving cars. As of now, the P85D, which is powered by a system of 12 sensors that see around the car, can read speed limit signs and adjust accordingly, and can change lanes when the driver activates the turn signal. It can also park itself and come when it’s called, though this technology is still not allowed in most US states.
New features will continue to be added through progressive software updates and Tesla will also be releasing its first SUV, the Model X, in 2015 – just another step in its mission to shape the future of driving.