HOW GOOD IS IT?

GQ (Australia) - - MOTOR -

In Can­berra, rush hour hits at 4pm when the na­tion’s pub­lic ser­vants dash home. Idling on the edge of a busy, dou­ble­lane round­about, the 85D’s im­pres­sive 660Nm of torque comes in handy. Ex­treme propul­sion is one of the joys of an EV. Com­par­ing an in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine to one of Tesla’s is sim­i­lar to con­trast­ing the need to warm up a con­ven­tional stove with switch­ing on a mi­crowave oven. Push down on the ac­cel­er­a­tor and you’re in­stantly at full throt­tle, ca­pa­ble of bust­ing into the small­est break in traf­fic. Plus, with only one mov­ing part in the en­gine, all you hear is the wind blow­ing. GQ tested out the 85D, Tesla’s mid-range ve­hi­cle, on the hills out­side of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. The 85D’s dual mo­tor has a max­i­mum power out­put to 311kw – ca­pa­ble of 0-100km/h in 4.4 sec­onds and equiv­a­lent to 422bhp (though for rea­sons only Musk and prob­a­bly Thomas Edi­son can understand, Tesla says horse­power isn’t a help­ful mea­sure of an elec­tric en­gine.) Ac­cel­er­at­ing is as im­pres­sive up hills as on the flat, though there’s a lit­tle drift at speed – made more no­tice­able by the lack of side bol­sters on the seats. This is a car de­signed more for com­fort than high per­for­mance. If it’s the lat­ter you’re af­ter, grab a P85D, which nails 0-100km/h in just three sec­onds. Nice one KITT.

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