The P85D is the dual-motor performance version of the Tesla Model S.

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Using aluminum body construction, Tesla takes many measure to counteract the weight of the 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

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The front storage compartment loses space due to the front motor.

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The performance-oriented P85D gets painted brake calipers and rides on 21-inch wheels.

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Tesla employs a sleek yet aerodynamic design in the Model S.

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The passenger compartment seats five, plus two children in optional rear-facing seats.

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An air suspension changes height to improve performance.

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Door handles pop out when you approach the car.

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The P85D badge marks the latest and most powerful edition of the Model S.

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A motorized hatchback makes the cargo area easy to access.

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Tesla's proprietary charging port works with its Supercharger network, providing fast, DC charging. The Model S also work with CHAdeMO fast chargers.

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The electric drive system makes the Model S much more efficient than gasoline- or diesel-fueled cars.

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The dual-motor system aids cornering, with the front tires helping the car grip.

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The P85D boasts acceleration times of 3.2 seconds from 0 to 60 mph.

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A premium interior package brings in Nappa leather.

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Gloss wood trim with deep grain makes for a nice interior accent.

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Three people easily fit in the rear bench seat.

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The front panel of the panoramic roof opens.

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Tesla includes very few buttons on the dashboard.

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The steering wheel holds controls for audio and instrument cluster.

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With audio selection and route guidance active, the instrument cluster is fully lit up.

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The instrument cluster only offers one gauge, showing range, speed and power consumption.

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The 17-inch center touchscreen is big, but minimizes distraction with just a few screens.

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A menu strip at the top of the screen offers quick access to different functions.

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Online navigation comes from Google, and shows either graphical maps or this satellite imagery.

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This drive settings screen enables Insane acceleration mode.

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Automatic high beams are enabled by new sensor hardware.

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The Trips screen shows electricity consumption instead of miles per gallon.

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An energy usage graph offers more detail as to electricity usage.

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With a drive in the car's USB port, the audio interface shows the music library.

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The big audio playback screen includes album art when available.

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Tesla makes no restriction on Web browser access while the car is underway.

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The rearview monitor includes trajectory lines.

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With its new sensor hardware and dual motors, the Model S P85D is an excellent competitor among luxury cars.

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