Tesla Motors has brought to the Geneva Motor Show the European specification Model S P85D, the company’s flagship luxury sedan that boasts a total of 691 bhp and all-wheel drive.
While so far customers have not fallen deeply in love with electric cars, there’s one particular automaker – the California-based Tesla – that has helped many of the world’s rich and famous embrace the green trend. That’s because of the impressive Model S luxury sedan that comes only with an all-electric powertrain. The most recent string of improvements brought along for the first time an all-wheel drive system, which is achieved courtesy of a dual electric motor configuration: there’s a rear 470 bhp one and an added 211 bhp motor in the front. The overall output stands at 691 bhp (515 kW) and 687 lb-ft (930 Nm) – which is enough to skyrocket the eerie silent car to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds – a second quicker than the already impressive P85 variant. The top speed has also climbed from 130 mph (210 km/h) to 155 mph (250 km/h).
The fact that it’s now more powerful has not actually taken a toll on the model’s range, which has actually been enhanced by 10 miles (16 km) – reaching 275 miles (443 km) on a single charge. Adding the front engine and its assembly has affected the car’s weight – which has gone up by 291 lbs (132 kg) to 4,936 lbs (2,239 kg), though distribution stands at the ideal 50/50 ratio. The model also has an optional semi-autonomous driving system that makes use of cameras that see the road ahead, a 360-degree sonar for traffic and obstacles – allowing it to creep to a halt alongside the traffic if needed.