Tesla's D variant is an all-wheel-drive Model S with dual motors and autopilot mode

Tesla Model S P85D
By Harish Jonnalagadda on 10 Oct 2014 02:12 am

At an announcement in Los Angeles, Elon Musk unveiled the latest offering by Tesla Motors, the D variant. The car is a tweaked version of the Model S that features all-wheel-drive and dual motors, bringing faster acceleration and better performance in bad weather conditions.

Tesla will be offering three configurations of the D variant — the 60D, the 85D and then the high-end P85D. The Model S P85D starts at $120,170 and features mind-numbing acceleration: 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds. The addition of the dual motor not only makes the car go faster, but also increases its efficiency, with Tesla touting an increased range of 10 miles for the dual motor model. The P85D will be available starting December, while the 60D and the 85D will be available to consumers from February 2015.

In addition to a new motor configuration, Tesla is also rolling out driver-assist features like lane and cruise control, as well as the addition of an array of sensors that include a forward-looking radar, a camera with image recognition and a 360 degree sonar. The new sensors allow the car to read and adjust the speed of the car automatically based on speed-limit signs.

What do you guys think of the enhancements to the Model S?

Source: USA Today

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Tesla's D variant is an all-wheel-drive Model S with dual motors and autopilot mode


I think it's strange they don't push Australia or other continents before making a model with so much acceleration that we can't possibly use it on the street.

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