The best part of buying any new car is showing it off to friends. Not in a spiteful or rub-it-in-your-face sort of way, but in the look-at-my-cool-new-toy sort of way. When I bought a Pontiac Trans Am, I called my buddies for a ride in my new muscle car. Their reactions were nothing like these passengers in a Tesla Model S P85D, which blitzes from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds, or 3.1 seconds according to Motor Trend.
This video had the dual effect of making me laugh and ooze with jealousy as YouTuber Michael Montello gave his friends a taste of what 689 lb-ft of instant torque feels like. While we’ve all seen the Model S leave a Lamborghini in the dust and handle snow like a champ, it’s the reaction your passengers get when you slam down the accelerator that really makes the driving experience all the sweeter. With the Insane Mode switched on, you could be going 60 MPH in less time than it takes to read this sentence (unless you’re a speed reader, that is).
The moment Michael hits the pedal, there are smiles, laughs, and a lot of woahs to go around. There’s also some NSFW language in there too, but because the Tesla’s drivetrain is mostly silent (despite boasting 691 horsepower), the video itself is probably low-key enough to watch on your lunch break.
Faster than a cadre of supercars but without ever consuming a single drop of fuel, the Tesla Model S P85D is doing an incredible job of convincing the doubters that this is a car worth owning. There’s an old saying about “smiles per gallon” in response to the fuel economy of a performance car… but once more people discover the potency of Tesla’s instant torque, we might have to coin a new phrase. Maybe something like “Woahs per watts.”
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