Elon Musk has been teasing the “D” for some time and the day to unveil it has finally come. It’s a very special vehicle, with the power and features to impress any geek. What made it really special to me was the “something else”, though.
Tesla D: performance, dual motor and more
Let’s start by showing you what makes the Tesla D special. For starters, it won’t look very different. In fact, it’s pretty much a modified Tesla Model S. The “D” moniker will be placed at the end of the model number, differentiating it from regular models.
There will be 3 configurations available: the 60D, the 85D and the P85D. These are not your average Tesla vehicles (if you can even call them average). The “D” can go from 0 to 60 mph in a stunning 3.2 seconds.
We can no longer be fooled by electric vehicles. This bad boy is fast matching acceleration and speeds comparable to performance vehicles. It is also powered by two motors – one in the back and one in the front.
This essentially makes it a dual-traction or 4×4 vehicle. The vehicle can intelligently alternate between the front and back motors, and it can decide when it’s right to use both. These vehicles are really a work of art in terms of performance.
Of course, you still get that beautiful 17-inch screen, spacious trunks and unparalleled design. The car is the same one you know and love… it’s just better now.
What is that “something else”?
The acceleration, speed and performance will impress the car fanatics, but what will really get our geek juices flowing is the new function included in Tesla’s vehicles. Autopilot is Tesla’s self-driving solution, and it is coming fast.
Yes, these new Tesla cars can literally drive themselves by using a series of sensors and cameras. There are four different systems that make this possible. There’s a front-looking radar, a front-looking camera, a 350-degree long-range ultrasonic sonar and navigation integration.
Driving itself is not the coolest feature, though. Elon goes on to mention the car can literally drop you off at your front door and go park itself. Likewise, you can ask it to drive itself over to where you are. If that isn’t impressive enough, you can activate the calendar features and the car can literally meet somewhere.
Price and release date
As expected, Tesla’s new cars won’t come cheap. The high-end P85D version will retail for about $120,000. That version will be launched in December, followed by the lower end 60D and 85D in February. The lower end vehicles will cost about $91,000 and $99,000, accordingly.
Sadly, I am among those of you who can only dream to afford one of these. Maybe some of you can give me a quick ride in one of these? Check out the video below to see the whole announcement and presentation. This thing is a beauty.