Tesla's new all-wheel-drive Model S, the P85D, represents another instance of an automaker using all-wheel-drive technology to improve performance as well as all-season traction. I know this because my neck is still a little sore from straining against the immense thrust generated by the P85D's front and rear electric motors. Tesla says the 691-horsepower P85D can go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. That's supercar territory, but it's entirely believable based on my brief test drive.
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What's interesting about the P85D is how the car manages to make extraordinary quickness seem ordinary. Simply mash the gas pedal and prepare for a silent blastoff thanks to 687 pounds-feet of torque.
Slowing things down a bit doesn't diminish the driving experience either.