FUEL FOR THOUGHT
I enjoyed the Tesla Model S P90D and Audi RS7 Performance comparison in your issue last month, but one thing missing was the ‘consumption’ figures. I would have loved to see how the energy used by the Tesla compared with the petrol-engined Audi and seen how much range both cars had at the end of the test. It also would have been good to see the range remaining in each of the cars at the end of the test. Are you able to shed any light on this?
David Home, via email
A reasonable question, David, but a comparison between the two wouldn’t have been valid as they were largely driven in a very different manner. Simply put, for the Tesla to complete the comparison required a lot of planning and a huge amount of patience on behalf of author Louis. As with other manufacturers’ fuel consumption claims, the P90D’s 486km range claim is a bestcase scenario. With care, over 400km is achievable but semi-frequent use of the Tesla’s impressive performance sees that drop very quickly – we’d bank on around 250km being typical. The P90D is a very impressive car, but Australia’s current fast-charge infrastructure essentially limits it to urban use. It’s why it’ll be a few years yet before a Tesla shows up at PCOTY – it wouldn’t come close to being able to complete the testing procedures.