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Blarno

Test (passenger) drive; Tesla Model S P90D

Our test driver at work managed to blag a Tesla for a week or so, a 65 plate Model S P90D - the top billy big bollocks model with 4wd and Ludicrous Mode.

It's a good looking motor up close with lots of nice details (such as the charging flap hidden in the light reflector and the pop out door handles). A big old girl, but 20" wheels disguise it somewhat.

Interior - roomy and very cowy, but rear headroom is a bit cramped and there are no Jesus rails to hold on to (More on this in a second). I am not a fan of the giant iPad in the centre console. It looks like an afterthought and is very chintzy.

Anyway, performance:

SUPERMEGABASTARDSHITTHEBEDFUCKMERAGGED

I have never in my entire motoring career been in a vehicle that accelerates so savagely. It's not even necessary and borderline uncomfortable. My brain could not comprehend how something so large, so comfortable and filled with 4 blokes could send itself down the road so effortlessly. The lack of noise and drama only make the effect more profound. In a petrol car, when someone goes for a launch, there will be a flurry of revs, vibrations and some pomp and circumstance, you are prepared and can grab onto something to brace yourself. No such luck in the Tesla. Our driver simply planted his foot whilst we were talking amongst ourselves and the shock was unbelievable. I genuinely think that my brain thumped the back of my skull. I have only felt that kind of instant shove on the Rita rollercoaster at Alton Towers It's like an otherworldly force has grabbed the car and simply moved it to another place in space time.

The only way to describe it is that you were 'there', now you are 'here' and you can't really fathom how it happened. And you have a headache and a very twitchy retum.
PR

I saw one of these accelerate down a slip road on the opposite side of the motorway the other day - it caught my eye because, like you've described, it seemed to move from one speed to a considerably higher speed without going through the speeds in between.
Twelfth Monkey

Would love a go in one!
Blarno

As a petrolhead, I was massively sceptical of its ability, but I was happily proved wrong. A supposed 350 mile range is not to be sniffed at either. The fact that it is also a good looking car and not a training shoe (i3) or an amorphous blob (Leaf) helps a lot.
Martin

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Would love a go in one!


+1

The range is good, but not good enough for me yet and by the time you get to the big performance model and add a couple of options, it's a lot of money.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Would love a go in one!


+1



and me, and happy to be a passenger (as long as it's not in self drive mode!)
Frank Bullitt

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Would love a go in one!


+1 - having seen how rapidly an i3 picks up at low speeds the Tesla must be sensational.
Andy C

Sounds great .  I'm a big fan of the styling too.
Blarno

We had a demo of the autonomous mode. It's eerie and would take me a while to fully trust, but it really seems to know its shit. Totally mind boggling.
BeN

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Would love a go in one!


+1 more.
Blarno

Oh, and we didn't even use Ludicrous Mode.
Alf McQueef

Martin wrote:
Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Would love a go in one!


+1

The range is good, but not good enough for me yet and by the time you get to the big performance model and add a couple of options, it's a lot of money.


Plus another! Do you even need the big performance model? Are they not all pretty quick? Electric cars always seem faster than they are anyway, with the instant torque. The model S remains the only Eco- warrior car I genuinely covet, I really like them...
PG

Blarno wrote:
Oh, and we didn't even use Ludicrous Mode.


Just as well by the sound of it! The horizon would have gone funny..




I'm also in the queue who'd love to try a Tesla.
JohnC

That is exactly the way I felt about the P85D I was a passenger in and we did use the ludicrous mode. Warp speed, explosive and mind bending are the only way to describe it. It's not like a normal car where there is a bit of wheel spin, clutch slipping and your senses have a fraction of a second to get ready. It's like the shock when something hits you hard and you didn't even see it coming.

The guy who took me out said the only car he has driven which felt remotely similar was a full race Nissan GTR in launch mode. I think that puts it in to perspective.
Racing Teatray

Cripes.

Many years ago I was taken out for a spin in a Bugatti EB110 Supersports by a racing driver who gave it the full beans, and it felt like my cheeks were being pulled back by the sheer thrust. My father, who actually got to have a go himself and is an ex-Fleet Air Arm pilot, described it as being the closest thing he'd ever experienced to being catapulted off the deck of an aircraft carrier in a jet fighter. So I am imagining something even more impressive given that an SS apparently cracks 60 in 3.2 and a Tesla in Ludicrous manages 2.8!!

Jesus.
Frank Bullitt

Just watched some YouTube footage, it seems incredible!
Michael

PG wrote:


Just as well by the sound of it! The horizon would have gone funny..




I'm also in the queue who'd love to try a Tesla.


There's an 'easter egg' in the system that makes the screen go that hyperdrive look.
PG

Michael wrote:
There's an 'easter egg' in the system that makes the screen go that hyperdrive look.


Yes, now you mention it I do remember reading something about hidden little tricks in the software on Tesla's. Aren't they named easter eggs after Super Mario who got power upgrades from eggs he found. Or am I going mad?
Michael

I haven't got a clue but you're here so you're probably mad anyway.
Martin

I'd not heard of it before Michael's post.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/best-tes...re-our-favourite-cowbells-1554636
Roadsterstu

Sounds amazing. I'd love a go.
Nelson

the local young big wig estate agent owner in town and has one. There's a pic of him driving it one his Twitter page https://twitter.com/Sean_Newman/media

Can see the appeal...the car, definitely not him

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