Tesla Model S P85D Breaks Consumer Reports’ Ratings System

Tesla broke Consumer Report’s scale–and its website! Earning 103 out of 100 points, Tesla blew the notoriously picky review magazine out of the water. That’s what happens when a car goes 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, rides like a sedan, and stops like a supercar. Anybody got 100k so I can have one, too?


This story was first published by our sister publication 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.

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. It’s so explosively quick that Tesla has created an “insane” driving mode.

With a six-figure price tag, the P85D is expensive, meaning its virtues will be experienced by a rare few. But its significance as a breakthrough model that is pushing the boundaries of both performance and fuel-efficiency is dramatic (even more so because it is coming from the factory of…

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