FUEL FOR THOUGHT

Motor (Australia) - - THE VENT -

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.

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