Elon Musk’s Tesla P85D scores ludicrously well in motoring review

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Arguably one of the greatest business and technologically gifted minds of our generation, Elon Musk and his electric car company Tesla have been creating some really awesome things over the last couple of years – and its latest car is no exception.

In a test of the all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85D, Consumer Reports magazine – which reviews and rates everything from cars to tumble dryers – a score of 103/100 was allocated to the high performance electric car.

The bizarre score has attracted the interest of the internet and at time of writing the website was down, presumably as a result of people trying to read the review.

While testing the car, Consumer Reports awarded the car with high scores for its efficiency and performance. As a result after the features were ranked and compiled into one total score, the more than perfect grand total was discovered

The P85D is a monster of performance and efficiency according to the review which claims the 0 – 100km performance is 3.5 seconds thanks to Tesla’s “insane mode” which has since been upscaled to what CEO Elon Musk calls, “ludicrous mode”.

The review goes on to state that, had the P85D been driven by petrol it would have an equivalent fuel economy of 36 km per litre of fuel used.

With numbers like that it’s no surprise that the Tesla received the score it did. The problem, it would appear, is that the Tesla was being reviewed using parameters that are used for the more common fossil fuel powered vehicles.

Considering the Tesla accelerates two times faster than most cars on the market today and it’s efficiency is something other manufacturers can only dream about achieving in their lifetime, its no wonder Consumer Report decided to change their review techniques a bit.

In a report on Bloomberg Business, Head of Automotive testing at Consumer Report, Jake Fisher said “Once you start getting so ridiculously fast, so ridiculously energy efficient, it didn’t make sense to go linear on those terms anymore”.

It may accelerate like a bat out of hell but the interior leaves much to be desired.
It may accelerate like a bat out of hell but the interior leaves much to be desired.

The magazine went on to highlight that the interior of the P85D let the car down especially when compared to other luxury vehicles. The $105 000 (R1 382 062.50) starting price doesn’t help the lack of a decent interior in the P85D either.

While this is the first car to break Consumer Reports’ review system the Tesla Model S range has a habit of scoring high marks in reviews posting a 98/100 in a buyers survey last year and a 99/100 the year before.

Perhaps this is a sign that Tesla will one day make a car that can’t even be reviewed because the review structure exists in the future and you need to travel at exactly 88mph to tear through space and time to access it.

[Via – Bloomberg Business]

[Image – Tesla]


Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.