It’s sad to say, but very few cars really make me speechless these days. That’s why when I happen to get behind the wheel of something truly breath taking, it stays on my mind for a very long time. That’s the case with the 2017 Tesla Model S P100D I drove.
The 2017 Model S P100D, which will now be referred to as just the P100D is an all electric car, so there’s no displacement or transmission to report on. What I can tell you is that there are two electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear, which make the P100D a force to be reckoned with in a straight line. 0-60 takes only 2.3 seconds, which is shorter than the time it took you to read this sentence. As seen in my video review, the P100D doesn’t give the human body enough time to emote properly. But if you think this is the only party trick the P100D has in it’s arsenal, you would be sadly mistaken.
I’m sure you’ve heard about Tesla’s autopilot feature, and the accidents that might or might not have been caused by it, but trying it for myself has opened my eyes as to just how far technology in cars has come. With two clicks of the cruise control stick, and the Tesla takes over. As a gearhead it’s a weird feeling at first, but after the confusion is settled, it actually becomes really relaxing. This isn’t the first time I’ve had a car steer for me, I drove a Volvo XC90. If the Tesla’s autopilot were a man, the Volvo’s is a toddler, just learning to walk.
The only issue I had with the Tesla was the price tag. The particular Tesla I drove had an MSRP of $148,000. That’s a big chunk of change. I would have to say the P100D felt as luxurious as the BMW M550i I reviewed, but at $88,000 the BMW now sounds like a bargain deal. So I guess just being at the cutting edge of technology and the future has a hefty tax.
I loved the P100D, and it has forever changed the way I look at Teslas and electric cars.