In a glitzy event at the airport in Hawthorne, California Thursday, Tesla is set to rolled out the long-awaited “D.”
The “D” is the insignia on a new line of cars that have dual motors (the “D” stands for “dual”) and feature all-wheel-drive. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the dual-motors will improve the efficiency of the cars and add as much as 10 miles of range on one charge.
And the new cars are really fast. At the top of the new line is the P85D, which can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 3.2 seconds. That car will become available in December, Musk said.
Here’s Musk talking onstage about the P85D at the announcement: “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.”
Musk said the driver can choose between three drive settings, “Normal,” “sport,” and “insane.” And he’s not kidding about that “insane” setting.
Two other models with AWD will roll out early next year.
Tesla also announced some new driver assist features. The new cars can change lanes by themselves after the driver flicks the turn signal. They can read speed limit signs and adjust speed accordingly. New cruise control features allow the car to adjust to road conditions (like traffic) automatically, so the driver needn’t brake and reset as much.
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