Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tesla Model S P85D to Get Even Quicker with Over-the-Air Update

2015 Tesla Model S P85D
One of the more impressive things about the 691-hp Tesla Model S P85D—aside from the face-melting acceleration of its dual motors and 864 lb-ft of torque—is the car's ability to receive over-the-air software updates. (This applies to any Model S.) Whenever Tesla and its engineers decide to implement an improvement, they send it through the ether to your car, the same way your smartphone gets updated, with no trip to the dealer required.

Tesla founder and formerly gawky McLaren F1 owner Elon Musk took to Twitter today to reveal that the latest update: an algorithm tweak that makes the silent screamer P85D even quicker.

But lest we think that the dual motors in the P85D are just there for scaring the daylights out of unsuspecting passengers, Musk tweeted to inform us that there's a pragmatic reason for the design:

Either way, it's pretty, well, insane. And it makes the sizzlingly quick P85D a capable winter car:

So to recap: If you own an all-electric, seven-passenger, all-wheel-drive performance sedan that accelerates as quickly as a McLaren F1, in the coming days it will magically become even quicker without you having to do a damned thing.

A version of this story originally appeared on

from Car and Driver Blog


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