Over in the UK, Autocar Magazine has put a Tesla Model S P85D through its paces.
While this looks like a sleek family car, it is actually the equivalent of a sleeper hotrod. A brisk 218 BHP engine drives the front wheels but Tesla have also bolted in a stonking 464 BHP motor for the back wheels, creating a combined power output of 682 BHP.
Naturally, being an electric car, there’s no throaty roar from the engine due to its all-electric drivetrain. The blurb says this car can go from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds. It also has a huge 687 lb ft of torque to offer…and that torque is delivered instantly because of the Tesla’s direct drive single speed motor.
So does actual performance live up to the claims?
Reviewer Matt Prior decided to test the Tesla out in a drag race against the fastest accelerating combustion engine car he could think of – the Caterham Seven 620R.