HOW GOOD IS IT?
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.