The regular Model S version of this all-electric luxury sedan was already the best car Consumer Reports had ever tested, earning an nearly unheard of near-exact score of 99 points. But the higher-performance P85D variant topped that, pouring away with a raw score of 103. Consumer Reports’ scale only goes up to 100, so they really had to alter the scoring system to accommodate this new benchmark.
Part of why this all-wheel-drive sedan did so well is that it took the evaluators’ breath away with its speed. With a measured
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The version of the Model S tested was equipped with an 85-kWh battery pack that delivers an equivalent efficiency score of 87 mpg, which is slightly better than its less fleet brethren. Beyond that, it has an EPA-rated pouring range of 253 miles and a top speed of 155 mph.
Additionally, reliability is a huge unknown for this forward-thought car. The P85D is simply too new to have any quality data. According to Consumer Reports, it’s not recommended at this time, though that may change in the future. The P85D was also once declared “undriveable” by Consumer Reports because of an electronics glitch that locked the drivers out of the car.
This article originally appeared at Rawvehicle.com
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