Tesla Motors Inc’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) cars just keep getting better and better. The latest milestone is set by the new Tesla Model S P85D as the car was awarded a score of 103 out of 100 by Consumer Reports. The reviewers later later made changes to their scoring system to give it a rating of 100.
The new car beats the previous score of Tesla which was 99, set by the Tesla Model S Sedan. The score was awarded to the new car by factoring in the car’s performance, fuel efficiency and other things.
The AWD performance sedan was released last year by the company in October. The new Tesla Model S P85D comes at a price tag of $127,000. The new car is powered by an electric-only engine and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, which is nearly 2 seconds quicker than the original Model S. According the Consumer reports, the car is so quick that Tesla has specifically provided an ‘insane’ driving mode in the vehicle.
The new car has better handling and braking than the original Model S. Yet it still is more energy efficient giving a equivalent of 87 miles per gallon. The car also received the top place AAA’s fifth annual Green Car Guide in April this year due to its terrific fuel efficiency.
However, everything is not good about the new Tesla car. Consumer Reports pointed out that while the car got a 100+ score, it had a couple of things going against it. First, the new car’s ride is considerably louder than the original Model S and second, the fit and finish of the interiors of the P85D are less lavish than the original Model S. Moreover, a long ride on the electric car can be problematic if a charging station is not on your way.
The company is also set to launch the Tesla Model X Crossover in 2016 and Model 3 sometime in 2018 with a affordable price tag of $35,000. The Model 3 will be a compact sedan and will target those who cannot afford the expensive Model S.
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