Elon Musk’s ego seems to be as large as the Gigafactory. The electric car mogul is now claiming that the last model Tesla Sedan, the Model S P85D, is as fast as a McClaren F1, a famous race car that could reach 60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds.
The P85D’s specifications state that it can reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, making it slightly faster than the McClaren F1. The latest model Tesla can clear a quarter mile in just 11.6 seconds at a speed of 115.2 mph.
Musk also claims that the P85D, which apparently has two engines, is now the quickest accelerating sedan in the world. The P85D is able to reach such speeds because it has one engine in the back and one in the front. The new forward engine is what gives the speed and the power. The front engine adds 221 of horsepower to the P85D.
The dual motor option also adds $11,000 to the cost of a P85D. That means the P85D will cost $120,170 with all the options, or $105,670 for the base model.
The same option will also be available in Tesla’s Model X SUV, which is supposed to be available sometime next year. It also gives the P85D an all-wheel drive option, making it one of the first all-terrain electric vehicles. Tesla has added roll bars to the P85D in order to protect drivers.
When you go off road in the P85D, you’ll be able to use a state-of-the-art stability control system that responds instantly. New brake technologies and flailing pistons allow an almost instant response. The car also instantly reallocates between both axles.
Motor Trend reported that the stability control system is the drive train itself in the P85D. That makes the car easier to drive and provides almost racecar-like responses.
The P85D is also the top of the line Model S. It replaced the old P85D, which was the former top-of-the-line Tesla.
“The quickest-accelerating sedan in the world isn’t German anymore,” Musk told the press when he unveiled the P85D.
It looks like Tesla has arrived as a serious carmaker. It is putting out vehicles with performance and design specifications that rival the best in Europe. Elon Musk has proven that he is one of the world’s great automakers. One has to wonder what surprises Musk will spring upon the driving public next.