If there’s one car hotter than the Tesla Model S P85D right now, I sure don’t know about it. For the past month, the car blogging world has been inundated with videos of the 691 horsepower electric sedan taking on all comers, and in most cases, winning handily. But there’s so much more to the top-of-the-line Model S than raw, phone-breaking acceleration.
This video of the first Tesla P85D in Orlando is an extensive, 40-minute overview of many features known, and not-so-known on this $130,000 Model S. It’s basically an owner’s orientation tp the Model S, explaining common and not-so-common features of the electric sedan. For example, did you know that the trunk of the Model S has an adjustable height-stopper? It’s a nifty feature that ensures your trunk isn’t banging into the roof of your garage or overhead storage racks. Nifty, right? There’s also a locked-car mode that allows the Model S to remain on with the air conditioning on, but it remains locked from the outside (but not the inside) until the keys return to the vehicle’s vicinity.
Something else that non-Tesla owners might not realize is that the lane-keeping Autopilot system can be adjusted to the driver’s personal preference. Say you live in L.A., where riding the next car’s bumper is the norm? You can make your Model S do that. You can also adjust it to follow from as far away as about seven car lengths, giving you plenty of space to flex all 691 ponies.
Yet the real star of this video is the 17-inch touchscreen, which so smoothly handles all the requests made of the operator with no complaint or fanfare. Simple things like adjusting the fade settings of the speaker are handled in a manner unlike anything I’ve ever seen on a car. Simple touches like pop-out door handles really make the Tesla Model S appeal to society’s techie sensibilities. Is it any wonder the car world can’t seem to get enough of the P85D?