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Tesla Model S P85D Acceleration to Improve With Software Update

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/30/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Despite the old adage, it's OK to fix something that isn't broken. Tesla boss Elon Musk told Twitter followers that the crazy-fast Model S P85D will get a boost in acceleration thanks to an over-the-air software update.

2015 Tesla Model S P85D Front Three Quarter In Motion© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Tesla Model S P85D Front Three Quarter In Motion

The update will shave off about 0.1 second from the electric car's 0-60 mph time. When we tested the Model S P85D late last year, we clocked 3.1 seconds, quicker than Tesla's own estimated time of 3.2 seconds. Considering this, it is possible that Tesla's 0.1-second estimate may be on the conservative side.

The P85D boasts 221 hp from its front motor and 470 hp from the rear motor for a combined 691 horses. Despite its significant weight gain, the car proudly takes its place at the head of the Model S lineup, and as we noted in a recent review, stepping on the accelerator feels like being "pneumatically suctioned into the future."

Tesla Model S P85D Acceleration to Improve With Software Update

In a follow-up tweet, Musk said that the Model S P85 will also see a boost in acceleration, although smaller. Tesla currently offers four iterations of the Model S, including a 60-kWh-battery version, a standard 85-kWh-battery model, the 85D with a dual-motor system, and the P85D Performance model.

Source: Elon Musk via Twitter

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