The acceleration was breathtaking. The amenities were amazing.
I’d say I want one, but it’s so far out of the realm of possibility that I’ll just say it was a lot of fun.
Our test drive was totally free. Mark set up the appointment to take a Tesla P90D for a spin. He drove out, I drove back. His son Zach spent the whole time sporting an ear-to-ear grin. Our salesman Drew completely understood that we wanted to go fast and have fun.
We tried out the auto-pilot mode — the car drove all by itself. Parking with no assistance was effortless.
Little features like the dashboard’s real-time speed limit sign display were captivating. Design inside and out reminded me of the perfection of many Apple products — like door handles that disappear after you’re in the car.
Back to that acceleration — the salesman claimed that only two cars are faster — the Bugatti Veyron ($1,500,000) and the Porsche 918 ($850,000). For a mere $145,000, the Tesla P90D is a steal. We drove the whole way using the Ludicrous Mode. The first time Mark mashed the pedal to the floor, my sunglasses flew off my head into the back of the car.
Tesla run on pure electric power — at least as pure as the source of that electricity (which isn’t very clean when coming from a coal-fired power plant). Electric motors have much smoother power delivery than any gas or diesel engine can provide. From 0–60, it was one smooth rush.
I’ve never tried cocaine, but this is the automotive equivalent. The acceleration was completely addictive.
Photo by Zach.