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Tesla's Model S P85D Rocks Dual Motors, Self-Driving Features

Cars aren’t something we normally write about here on Tom’s Hardware news, but when we saw what Tesla has done with a new variant of its Model S, we couldn’t resist. The new variant is called the P85D, and although it may only have an extra “D” in its name, it’s got a lot of new features.

The “D” stands for dual motors. In addition to the original large electric motor already found in the P85, Tesla has added a medium-sized motor to drive the front wheels, giving the all-electric sedan all-wheel drive, a total of 698 horsepower, which turns it into a machine that can propel from zero to sixty in all of just 3.2 seconds.

The four-wheel drivetrain, unlike in gas powered cars, also increases the range of the car. The standard P85 is rated at 265 miles on a single charge, at 65 miles per hour, while the P85D is said to go just a little further, reaching up to 275 miles. The non-performance model, the 85D, will even go 295 miles on a single charge.

In addition to the juiced-up drivetrain, Tesla also managed to finish development of its Autopilot technology much sooner than it anticipated, so the company just went ahead and included it with the new Model S.

The Autopilot essentially turns the machine into a self-driving car, although when not on private property it is dumbed down a little to meet legal requirements. Tesla used four different technologies to enable Autopilot: a long range front-facing radar scanner, a camera with image recognition, 360-degree ultrasonic sonar, and GPS navigation. What these accomplish is adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping on freeways, automatic lane-switching, active emergency braking, and automatic parking. On private property you can even have the car drive to your location by itself to pick you up.

Unsurprisingly, these cars do not come cheap – turning the 60 and 85 variants into 60D and 85D variants costs $4000, while turning a P85 into a P85D will cost you an additional $14,600, bringing its starting price tag up to a hefty $120,170. The P85D will ship starting December, while the 60D and 85D will take a little longer, arriving in February 2015.

Now, who do I talk to for a test drive?

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  • JEO T
    You need to go to the configurator and recalculate your numbers. The second motor adds $4000, not $14,600. A more powerful Model S 85D (dual motor, base model) is $85,070 and $77,570 after the federal tax credit.
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  • kapitalistas
    ye ye driveless vehicles .i imagine old style cars(roads rats)been towed to salt lake to drive them LOL.every self build car build in garages been towed some here to drive them OMG!SO we gonna get driverless vehicles with towing trailers.(trailer business, your time to roll)no offens im just saying.:D
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  • Aldo25
    You need to go to the configurator and recalculate your numbers. The second motor adds $4000, not $14,600. A more powerful Model S 85D (dual motor, base model) is $85,070 and $77,570 after the federal tax credit.

    The second motor is $4000 more for the 60 and 85, and $14,600 for the P85...
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  • fkr
    I cannot wait for automated driving cars.

    1. I can get drunk and pass out in the back seat and still get to the parking lot safely, maybe not inside but the parking lot

    2. I bet if everybody is driving automated cars I could just drive 130 mph and watch the cars part like I was moses parting the seas.
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  • hrhuffnpuff
    As car guy, I would rip out the electric motors and battery and add a 572 Chevy Big Block. Re-code and reflash the entire computer system, and add real gauges, instead of the Crapple like ipad. And add a Dynaudio sound system, with McIntosh amps.
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  • fkr
    14362953 said:
    As car guy, I would rip out the electric motors and battery and add a 572 Chevy Big Block. Re-code and reflash the entire computer system, and add real gauges, instead of the Crapple like ipad. And add a Dynaudio sound system, with McIntosh amps.

    still do not know if you could do the 0-60 in 3.2 seconds like this car can. you would also lose that linear power curve and also the weight balancing for corning. with the distribution of the motors in this car it must have a solid 50/50 weight ratio. the throttle response on this thing is 1 millisecond. I also don't think you could get the same 320 mile range that this car gets.

    but I do like the McIntosh amps, go johnson city new york.
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  • hrhuffnpuff
    fkr-I was born and raised in Endicott, just a wee west of Johnson City. Don't get me wrong, 3.2 seconds is freaking insane. I just like the rumble and loudness of an engine running on dino juice. Old fashioned, yeah sort of. And I like to drive a car with 3 proper pedals and a stick. It makes you feel more connected to the machine, than the machine controlling you.
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  • fkr
    14364188 said:
    fkr-I was born and raised in Endicott, just a wee west of Johnson City. Don't get me wrong, 3.2 seconds is freaking insane. I just like the rumble and loudness of an engine running on dino juice. Old fashioned, yeah sort of. And I like to drive a car with 3 proper pedals and a stick. It makes you feel more connected to the machine, than the machine controlling you.

    me to. I lived in endwell just off of Hall street with the old man but i graduated high school from tioga center in the late 1990's.

    Do you ever go and visit the guys at McIntosh. great people and lots of great equipment to listen to. there is audio classics there and also their labs are in bingo
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  • turkey3_scratch
    Sweet!
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  • hrhuffnpuff
    Yeah, it has been awhile though since I visited through there. I lived off of Country Club Rd.
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