Last year Tesla Motors released an all-wheel-drive version of the Model S, equipped with a dual-motor system. Known as the P85D, the car is equipped with a dual-motor system which powers it to 60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds. At the time, commentators predicted that it would be among the quickest production sedans on the market, and it has been put through its paces during a series of drag races ever since.
P85D shows off its quickness
Not only is the P85D quicker off the line that its Model S brothers, it only loses a small amount of range due to the greater weight added by the second engine and a glass sunroof. In order to get maximum performance from the P85D, drivers should switch from “Sport” mode to “Insane” mode, which does exactly what it says on the tin, powering the vehicle to 60 miles per hour in an insanely short length of time.
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The latest speed test pitted the Tesla Model S P85D against the Dodge Charger Hellcat, holder of the title of the world’s fastest sedan. The first time that the two cars faced off, the Hellcat performed so badly that a new driver was called in for an official rematch. The distinction between a fast car and a quick car is handily explained at the beginning of the video, but let’s just say that while the Tesla takes the title of the quickest sedan, while the Dodge remains the fastest.
Tesla reveals hidden Easter eggs
The footage also reveals an Easter Egg hidden by Tesla, which lets drivers enter what is known as “James Bond mode.” Simply enter the access code “007” after holding down the Tesla logo on the touchscreen, and your car will become the Lotus submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me. Well, on screen at least.
One of the best things about the connectivity of a Tesla car is its ability to continually update its functionality, and the video shows how the company has now enabled geo-fencing, which makes the car adjust certain settings when it detects that it is in certain areas. For example, if the driver habitually raises the suspension in an area where speed bumps are present, the car will now learn to do so automatically.