TESLA Model S All-Wheel Drive Arrives in Style!

From the Tesla website | February 2, 2015
This article covers All-Wheel Drive Model S only.
For more information, please visit the TESLA website here.

An evolution in automobile engineering Tesla’s advanced electric powertrain delivers exhilarating performance. Unlike a gasoline internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving parts, Tesla electric motors have only one moving piece: the rotor.

As a result, Model S acceleration is instantaneous, silent and smooth. Step on the accelerator and in as little as 3.2 seconds Model S is travelling 60 miles per hour, without hesitation, and without a drop of gasoline.

Model S is an evolution in automobile engineering

Tesla Model S All Wheel Drive. Image courtesy of TESLA Motors.
All-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor Model S is here. Unlike conventional all-wheel drive vehicles that sacrifice fuel efficiency for increased traction, the All-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor Model S provides superior control while actually improving both range and acceleration, even in tough winter conditions. Image courtesy of TESLA Motors.

Dual Motor Model S is a categorical improvement on conventional all wheel drive systems

With two motors, one in the front and one in the rear, Model S digitally and independently controls torque to the front and rear wheels. The result is unparalleled traction control in all conditions.

Conventional all wheel drive cars employ complex mechanical linkages to distribute power from a single engine to all four wheels. This sacrifices efficiency in favor of all weather traction.

In contrast, each Model S motor is lighter, smaller and more efficient than its rear wheel drive counterpart, providing both improved range and faster acceleration.

Battery, Performance, and Drive options

Model S is available in both rear wheel drive and Dual Motor all wheel drive configurations.

The 60 kWh Model S is standard with rear wheel drive and Dual Motor all wheel drive is an optional upgrade on the 85 kWh Model S.

For spirited driving, Dual Motor Model S Performance accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in as little as 3.2 seconds.

The Dual Motor, All Wheel Drive, Tesla Model S comes in two flavours, the 85D and the P85D

85D Tesla Model S

  1. 85 kWh Dual Motor
  2. 270 miles range (EPA est.)
  3. 376 hp motor power
    188 hp front and rear
  4. 5.2 seconds 0-60 mph
  5. 155 mph top speed
  6. 8 year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty
  7. Supercharging included

P85D Tesla Model S

  1. 85 kWh Performance
  2. 253 miles range (EPA est.)
  3. 691 hp motor power
    221 hp front, 470 hp rear
  4. 3.2 seconds 0-60 mph
  5. 155 mph top speed
  6. High performance Dual Motor all wheel drive with specially designed suspension for exceptional power and handling
  7. 8 year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty
  8. Supercharging included


Dual Motor launch event in Los Angeles on October 9th, 2014

2015 TESLA Model S, All-Wheel Drive
2015 TESLA Model S, All-Wheel Drive

Highest Safety Rating in America from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Model S is designed from the ground up to be the safest car on the road, as proven by a 5-star rating in all categories of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test.

All information and images are courtesy of TESLA Motors

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