Imagine a car so good, it literally broke the Consumer Reports Ratings system. Well, scratch that, don’t imagine it, just set your sights on the Tesla Model S P85D, which performed better in CR’s road tests than any other car, ever, full stop. And Tesla seems pretty proud of itself. The luxury car accelerates so fast and so silently that the company invented a new driving mode, which they decided to name “Insane” mode.
And insane it is: “The P85D is brutally quick, with instant acceleration. The car’s thrust is forceful and immediate. Its near-instant g-forces can otherwise be achieved only by leaping off a building — literally. That this electric car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds without an engine’s roar makes it frighteningly eerie in its silent velocity.”
But it’s not the Tesla’s insane acceleration or six-figure price tag that’s drawing headlines. It’s this little gem, buried inside the Consumer Reports review: “The Tesla initially scored 103 in the Consumer Reports’ Ratings system, which by definition doesn’t go past 100. The car set a new benchmark, so we had to make changes to our scoring to account for it.”
Others were quick to note that even with an above-perfect score, it’s not a “perfect” car, whatever that means. It’s too early to tell how the luxury car will perform long-term, and as an all-electric vehicle it won’t be easy to keep charged. Even CR described the car as “average” in reliability. Still, luxury car brokers are going a little nuts in anticipation.
If you’re dying to get your hands on the Tesla Model S P85D but worried about charging it, there’s good news — at least for Californians. Tesla is going to start distributing free charging stations to select Airbnb locations in the Golden State. In the next few years, the luxury car company wants to expand their free charging station program from California to the world, in what they call a “Supercharger Network.”
Last year, car makers sold more than one million luxury cars in the United States, defined as any car with an MSRP above $50,000. But if you believe the reviews, there’s never been a car like this on the road before. And with a price tag of $127,820, we don’t expect to see many on the road now. To learn more about the Tesla Model S P85D, contact a professional car buyer or auto broker.