The All-wheel drive will be an available option on all Model S trim levels and the new top-end P85D version will have a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. It will also feature a small increase in range, to 275 miles, over its rear-wheel drive predecessor.
Standard Model S sedans have until now all featured a single rear motor slung between and slightly behind the car’s rear axle, powering the rear wheels only; the new “D” models will add a second motor between the two front wheels. The new models will have a “D” suffix added to their model, so the entry-level Model S with the 60 kWh battery and all-wheel drive would be the “60D,” and the top-end P85 performance model would become the “P85D.”
All three new models—the 60D, 85D, and P85D—use the same 188-hp front motor. The 60D and 85D use it on the rear axle as well. The supercar-grade P85D, however, keeps the existing 470-hp motor in back for a monstrous 691-hp / 687 lb-ft combo.
The P85D turns in 0-60 mph times of 3.2 seconds, shaving a full second off of the P85+ model’s 0-60 time. Musk said the addition of the second motor will give the D models “half again” as much power as the rear-wheel drive versions. According to Musk, the high performance models will have three driving modes available to choose from: “normal,” “sport,” and “insane.”
The P85D will go 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds
Assisted Driving and Sensors
Tesla will have “accelerated autopilot,” and that all Model S cars produced within the past two weeks has the necessary hardware to support the new “autopilot” features. This hardware includes forward-looking radar, image-recognition cameras, and 360-degree ultrasonic sonar. All these gizmos will give the Model S the ability to read speed limit signs and cruise at whatever the road’s limit happens to be, along with the ability to automatically change lanes when a driver indicates with the car’s turn signal. The updated autopilot package will also include standard driver assistance tools like lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and automated braking.
The autopilot technology will allow the Model S to self-park, parallel parking by itself or even pulling itself automatically into your garage. He also teased that on “private property” (or at least not on public roads), an autopilot-equipped Model S would even be able to pull out of a garage and navigate to where you’re waiting for it to pick you up. You could even, Musk explained, program it to meet you at your doorstep at a certain time every day with the AC running and your favorite music already queued up to play.
SOURCES – Tesla Motors, Youtube, Ars Technica, Popular Mechanics
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