The all-wheel-drive P90D went from a dead stop to 60 miles an hour in a mind-warping 2.6 seconds, according to the magazine. The average family sedan today takes about 8 seconds to do the same.
Ten years ago petrol heads and muscle car devotees had an easy time debating the merits of the best automotive creations of the time: eight cylinders versus twelve; AWD versus FWD and RWD. Now, with the world looking towards greener pastures there are a whole new set of rules defining supercars – Electrification! No, electrical cars are not new, but thanks to Elon Musk and his innovation to the lithium ion battery, Tesla and his launch of the Tesla S P90D have completely redefined the term “electric”.
Like many skeptics you may attribute this hype to Musk’s sales persona and belief in his product, but having done a lot of research and competed with the silent beast of the future, we are now ready to switch the days of thunder for this sleek steed. This family saloon really does have the credentials needed for the accolade of best supercar of the 21st century, and if you believe this is merely the ravings of a fanatical lunatic, here are five facts that may just convert you.
The Rocket Scientist Takes On The Race Car Designer.
With the brazen objective of beating the fabled 627-hp, 6.1-liter V12 Ferrari-humbling McLaren F1 in the 0 to 60MPH sprint stakes, many may be forgiven for thinking that Musk’s team were insane. In the battle between the rocket scientist and the legendry race car designer could Musk come up with an answer to Gordon Murray’s rocketship? How could a five-seat sedan with a trunk the size of a U-haul trailer ever equal the sleek F1 bred Mclaren?
Tesla Survives The Crash And Burn Test.
Despite three highly publicized road accidents that left Tesla S’ smouldering next to the road, owners and NHTSA continued to heap praise on the inherent safety of the design. In 2013 Tesla was awarded the highest safety accolade ever handed out to any vehicle in North America: The Model S achieved a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. In so-doing Tesla set a new combined record of 5.4 stars. This was again confirmed in 2014. It’s no coincidence that this supercar is able to achieve the safety rating; the layout of an electric vehicle makes the life of the safety engineer much easier than it would be, trying to save the traditional supercar owner from a high-speed crash.
Without the heavy engine traditionally found upfront there’s less energy to disperse in the event of a front-end impact, and with the Lithium-ion battery pack sitting low in the vehicle, the chance of a roll-over is significantly reduced. While the Tesla is a superstar in the crash stakes it also trounces any other supercar in keeping our air clean to breath and shielding us from third degree burns brought on by global warming.
Champion Of The Environmental Wars.
With governments around the world committed to restricting global warming to 20C, exhaust emissions have attracted the attention of law makers: And the most fascinating toy of the 21st century, the supercar, becomes the villain of mankind.
Compared to the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, with Co2 emissions knocking on 600 g/km, the Tesla is the darling of environmentalists around the world. Not only does this electric supercar not pollute the atmosphere, but owners also don’t poison the earth with thousands of gallons of used lubricants disposed of each year.
Notwithstanding the P85’s impressive credentials the elephant in the room is the limited range between charges. After two centuries of development the internal combustion engine has reached levels of frugality that would impress even the coldest of bankers, but how does this translate into range?
Tesla Goes Further Than A Popular Supercar!
Although the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster may be popular with trendy jetsetters, it’s probably not the car you’d drive to and from work on a regular basis; but if you did your neighbour in their Tesla would go up to 70 miles further than you.Obviously under steady-state and highway driving conditions IC engine supercars have the edge over their electric cousins. However as the number of vehicles on the worlds roads increases the traffic density will ultimately gridlock most open roads, at this point electrified vehicles will come into their own.
The Tesla’s Trump-Card: Saving Money While Driving A Supercar.
After stomping on the Aventador over the weekend, the ultimate high has to be not having to transfer great chunks of your hard earned cash to OPEC in the process. This means you no longer have to hustle for gas coupons at Sobeys to get a 3 cent discount at the Irving gas station for your commute during the week.
With the inevitable increase in crude-oil prices, this advantage, coupled to the absence of engine and transmission oils means that this electric supercar is likely to save you meaningful amounts of money in the near future.
Thanks to the $7,500 Federal Government tax credits available to Plug in Electric Vehicle owners and actual running costs of under four cents per km. (Compared to a conservative 27 cents per km for a segment C ICE powered vehicle) owning a P85D has to be one of the smartest choices a well-heeled driver can make. Oh, and just to drive home why the Tesla S is the ultimate dream-car: The men in white coats at Tesla are working on a firmware update (Yes that’s right, no need to change pistons, camshaft and chip the ECU) that’s rumoured to push the P85D over the brink of insanity with a 0 to 60 time of 2.8 seconds!