Posted on August 27, 2015 by Matt Pressman
According to Consumer Reports*, "The all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85D sedan performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system. 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. The P85D also has better braking and handling than our top-scoring standard Model S. And yet it’s more energy-efficient, getting the equivalent of 87 mpg.”
Source: Consumer Reports*
So what exactly did the Tesla P85D score? Consumer Reports explains: “In rating it, however, we faced a quandary: 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… the Tesla Model S P85D is an automotive milepost. It’s a remarkable car that paves a new, unorthodox course, and it’s a powerful statement of American startup ingenuity.”
Bloomberg cites Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' head of automotive testing: "“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. Once you start getting so ridiculously fast, so ridiculously energy efficient, it didn’t make sense to go linear on those terms anymore.”
You might be wondering how the Tesla Model S P85D was scored by Consumer Reports. For a full explanation, Jake Fisher and the automotive team at Consumer Reports dedicate an entire episode to this new milestone on their latest episode of "Talking Cars" -- check it out below...
*Source: Consumer Reports