In his “Best Of Car Porn” video, JP Kraemer showcases a Tesla P85D. The P85D is certainly the odd one out in his video, which consists of Ferraris, performance BMW M4s, and a Nissan GTR, among other fast cars. He can be seen showing off the shiny new P85D starting at 4:32 in the video below.
In a Tesla Motors Club forum post, someone referred to JP Kraemer as a “petrol head.” He appears to be fond of many petrol-powered cars, and tunes them, but couldn’t ignore the beast that is the Tesla P85D. It’s 3.1-second (or 2.8-second) 0–60 mph acceleration time puts it squarely in supercar territory. The only significant performance drawback it has compared to the other cars in its class is its top speed, which is 155 mph. 155 mph exceeds virtually all speed limits, though, so it doesn’t matter unless he wants to race it on a track, on the Autobahn, or somewhere else that isn’t a public road.
His appreciation of the Tesla doesn’t necessarily mean that he likes electric vehicles, or even supports the concept of vehicle electrification, as the P85D is appealing to anyone who likes nice cars. Ever since the P85D came out, EVs weren’t just for environmentalists anymore. If you want a car which accelerates spectacularly fast, is comfortable, and uses little or no fuel, an EV (or PHEV) is your only option. Gas-powered cars just don’t offer that combination of qualities.
Some gas-powered performance cars are considered “efficient,” but they are still far less efficient than even the most powerful electric cars. Such gasoline-powered cars achieve miles-per-gallon ratings in the 30s (anything above that is unlikely for a sports car) — well below 124 MPGe for a BMW i3 or 95 MPGe for a Tesla Model S.
The future is electric, especially for performance fiends.