Review: Tesla Model S P100D: The Legend Accelerates Faster

The Tesla Model S sedan, first introduced in 2012, has arguably become the best known, highest performing, and most desired electric car in the world at this time. Starting from zero, Tesla Motors has built the car of the future – and it is available today. This Tesla Model S P100D review will profile the latest and highest performing iteration of this iconic vehicle.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Tesla
  • Model: S P100D
  • First available: January 2012
  • Next Upgrade: August 2016
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 2.5s
  • Range: 315 miles 507 km
  • Price: $122,700
    Price: €135'054
    Price: £122'900

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    100 KWh Battery with Performance All-Wheel Drive

  • Charge time

    96.7 hours at 110V

    10.72 hours at 220V

    1.33 hours at 440V

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Full Self-Driving Hardware
  • AM/FM/HD radio, online radio, on-demand Internet radio, Bluetooth®, and USB audio devices
  • Smart routing that adjusts for real time traffic conditions
  • Bluetooth-enabled, voice controlled handsfree phone system
  • Driving personalization, climate controls, and cabin controls
  • mobile app monitor the car’s location, its charge status, whether any doors, trunks, or the sunroof are open.

Designed For Space, Handling And Safety

The Tesla Model S platform provides seating for five, plus two children in the optional jump seats. The batteries and motors are placed low in the chassis, allowing space for front and rear trunks while creating a very low center of gravity for improved handling. The Model S has received a NHTSA 5-star rating for safety.

Electric Hyper-Performance

The P100D is currently the highest performing version of the Model S. It signifies the performance version with the 100 kWh battery and dual motors that provide all-wheel drive. In Ludicrous mode, the P100D can do the zero to 60 mph run in 2.5 seconds. This makes it the fastest accelerating production car that you can buy new. Range when not using Ludicrous Mode is estimated at 315 miles, a new high for production electric cars.

Charging options for the Model S P100D include the use of Tesla’s Supercharger network for long distance travel, or conventional charging with the car’s 110-volt, 240-volt or J1772 connectors. Charging time is 96.7 hours at 110V, 10.72 hours at 220V, and 1.33 hours at 440V.

A Genuine Connected Car

The Tesla Model S P100D is a true connected car, from its WiFi and Internet connectivity to the over-the-air software updates that this makes possible. A 17″ capacitive touchscreen in the center of the dash controls most functions. The wireless Bluetooth function allows your phone contacts and calendar to integrate with the car’s system.

The Tesla mobile app lets you monitor the car’s location, its charge status, and even whether any doors, trunks, or the sunroof are open. You can also lock and unlock the car, vent the sunroof, honk the horn, and pre-condition the interior to your desired temperature before you arrive. The car can park itself or pull itself out of your garage with the Summon function, and the Valet mode restricts access to your information and your valuables.

How Fast Is It?

The acceleration of the Model S P100D is truly in another league from most other automotive performance experiences. You get instantaneous and brutal forward motion from the moment you depress the pedal. No wheelspin, no tire squeal, just four tires aggressively digging into the pavement and propelling you ahead at a faster-than-supercar rate. Documented tests have produced zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, zero to 100 mph in 6.5 seconds, a 10.8 second quarter mile at 125 mph, and a power rating of 760 hp. Mind blowing!

The Tesla Model S P100D is the state of the art, both for Tesla and the electric vehicle world in general. No other current electric car has the performance, the range and the panache of the Model S P100D. It represents a pinnacle of achievement and sets a new target for all electric vehicles to aspire to.

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1 User Review on “Tesla Model S P100D: The Legend Accelerates Faster”

  1. autonomous
    Powerful ride, exciting future
    Model S - I test driven this car

    I’ve had a pleasure to test drive Tesla S for an hour around Zurich. Having experience with other electric cars such as Nissan Leaf I was particularly impressed with the extended range of the new battery (up to 650 km).

    Model S is incredibly powerful, fast and easy to drive, packed with tech and innovations, from 4g hot spot on board with free internet across Europe to Auto Pilot features, that unfortunately were not enabled in the model we tested.

    Navigation was easy to use, integration with spotify is also useful – I was constantly distracted with everything on the screen and dashboard. This car is made to drive itself, so can’t wait to try it out next time with the full autonomous mode, which according to the employee we spoke to is already working well particularly on motorways.

    When calculating economy Tesla comes out also very attractive, although this wasn’t my biggest focus. I’d give it 5 stars only if I had a chance to test autonomous driving. But overall with the luxury finish, powerful battery and all the hi-tech can’t really see any flaws.



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