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Tesla’s Model S P85D Just Broke Consumer Reports’ Ratings System, Scoring 103 Out Of 100

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OMG...You CAN have it all, speed and economy.  I only wish you could add an afterburner option. Unfortunately, more than 1K pounds (150 gallons) per hour fuel consumption will not please the EPA. But remember, g-forces are fun. 

Elon, please fix that. 

Ronald Hayes

I enjoy your enthusiasm, Ron, but the Tesla S is not the perfect car for three reasons:

1. The price tag of $127,820 is ridiculous for anyone who isn't wealthy.

2. The driving range is only 200 miles so no long trips.

3. Crude oil is under $40 per barrel, suggesting that gas prices will be low for a while.

That said, the Tesla S score is so high, I wonder if they bribed Consumer Reports.

According to a new report out of Consumer Reports, the Tesla Model S P85D,  all-wheel-drive electric sedan, performed “better in our tests than any other car ever has, earning a perfect road-test score.”

Actually, it did better than that, scoring 103 points in a scoring system that, “by definition,” doesn’t go past 100.

Among the many reasons it scored so remarkably high, says the outlet: its “brutally quick” acceleration (the car soars from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds); better braking and handling than the standard Model S (which also receives high marks from Consumer Reports); and its stunning energy efficiency. Consumer Reports notes the car gets the equivalent of 87 miles per gallon.

Of course, the car isn’t perfect, says the report. Its 200-plus mile range can be a concern on a long drive if a charging station isn’t nearby. (Consumer Reports clearly hasn’t heard of Bjørn Nyland, a programmer who recently drove 452.8 miles on a single charge in a P85D by cruising at 25 miles per hour.)

It’s also louder than the Model S, less opulent than other luxury vehicles, and too expensive for most of us, with a price tag of $127,820.

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