Disrupt: The Tesla Model S P85D Reviewed

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onSeptember 16th, 2015


I can’t think of any car manufacturer that has been able to create such polarizing opinions on our forums as much as Tesla Motors. From users (including myself) analyzing the stock price, to die hard car enthusiasts debunking the cars, to owners praising the Model S, Elon Musk has created a product that has been able to strike up huge volumes of discussions of the future of our automotive landscape.

Regardless of various opinions on the company or the product, if we ignore all the noise associated with the marketing, the promises, and future Tesla Motor products, the Tesla Model S, shown here in P85D trim, is a solid piece of engineering. A bleeding edge product that doesn’t come attached with the typical pitfalls of bleeding edge products, a vehicle that has successfully converted everyday drivers to electric motoring. It is human nature not to embrace change, and Tesla has done an excellent job of creating an electric car that mostly drives and feels like your everyday high performance gas guzzling sedan. This is what separates the Tesla Model S from the EVs that have previously failed to strike a chord with buyers.

As you approach the Model S, it senses that the key is nearby, and the flush door handles extends out to allow the driver and passengers to open the door. There is no on/off switch. No push button to get things going. No engine to start. The Model S is simply turns itself on before you even enter the car, and is ready to drive off immediately. The column mounted shifter is sourced from the Mercedes-Benz parts bin, which makes driving the car no different than starting up a Mercedes. Flick it in D to go forward, R for reverse, and P to park the car. Simple.

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