Tesla Motors announced the release of its long awaited high-tech car “D”, which is the insignia on a new line of cars that have dual motors. The “D” here stands for “dual” and will feature an all-wheel-drive. At a glitzy event at the airport in Hawthorne, Tesla CEO Elan Musk said the dual motors will improve the efficiency of the cars and add as much as 10 miles of range on one (electrical) charge.
Elon Musk is a man of many talents; the PayPal co-founder, space conqueror, alternative fuel promoter. But, we at the automotive word, know him becasue of Tesla, the electric supercar manufacturer. While talking about the P85D, Musk said, ''This car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck. It’s just bananas. It’s like having your own personal roller coaster."
Apparently, these cars are really fast and its new line P85D can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 3.2 seconds. To add to the surprise, a driver can choose among three drive settings, Normal, Sport, or Insane. Yes, you read that right! Insane setting. Last week, Musk tweeted with a blacked out movie-theater style poster showing a rear end of a mysterious car with an October 9th dateline. Musk’s tweet read ''About time to unveil the D and something else.''
'Something else', here, means an autopilot mode. According to him, the car has a forward looking radar that can see through fog, snow or anything that comes its way. This new feature creates protective cocoon around the car and helps the driver stay within the lane on a highway.
Image from his tweet
This car can change lanes on its own after the driver flicks the turn signal. It can read speed limit signs and adjusts speed accordingly. The new cruise control feature helps the car adjust to the road conditions (like traffic) automatically, so the driver needn’t apply brake and reset as much.
Musk mentioned that he wanted to take an extra mile by going beyond the legally allowed limits of self-driving features, such as car getting parked on its own. Also, if you’re staying in private property, you can summon the car to drive and reach wherever you are. "These features will allow Tesla to keep pace with competing luxury makers while banking on its primary advantage — a pure electric drivetrain," said Kelley Blue Book analyst, Karl Brauer.
Musk at the launch
The P85D will be available around December and the other two models with dual motors and AWD will roll out early next year. Prices for the Model D range from $71,070 for the 60 kWh model, all the way to $120,170 for the top-of-the-line P85D.
All we can say is that, Musk is the Tony Stark of the real life, creating something so advanced, even aliens can only imagine of!