The Tesla Model S tested was the P85D version, which means that it has an 85kW motor, dual drive to the front and rear with a high performance rear motor that gives super fast acceleration

I came on a superb driving opportunity by sheer chance over the August Bank Holiday weekend, which put me behind the wheel of one of the most exciting cars to come on the Irish market.
Tesla is seeking to break the mould when it comes to car ownership, ever since the US company began production in 2008. The Model S is just one of a range of new generation electric cars that Tesla claims are both stylish, high performance, yet highly practical.
The Tesla aim is to produce true zero emissions cars and the Model S that I drove lived up to that dream along with a hugely impressive driving performance.
I accidentally met up with an Irish Tesla owner who generously brought me for a test drive. Then, with ultimate trust and confidence in me, or a sense of insanity, he let me loose behind the Tesla S.
And yes, it was truly a superb but too-short lived motoring experience.
The Tesla Model S electric motor power is enormous, delivering the equivalent of 600bhp, and virtually in an instant.
The test car was a Dual Motor Model S denoted by the badge on the rear which read P85D, D meaning dual and P the symbol for the more powerful rear motor.
This all wheel drive power package gives supercar acceleration performance with outstanding smoothness and zero acceleration drag.
With two motors, one in the front and one in the rear, Model S claims to digitally and independently controls torque to the front and rear wheels. The result is impressive traction control coupled with great road holding in all conditions.
Conventional all-wheel drive cars use complex mechanical linkages to distribute power from a single engine, usually mounted in front, to all four wheels. Tesla claims that this sacrifices efficiency in favour of all-weather traction.
Using electric motors the Model S motor is lighter, smaller and more efficient than its rear wheel drive counterpart, and also combines improved range with much faster acceleration.
The only sound is road noise, the noise of the tyres and some wind noise. The power is quiet yet enormous to propel the car at a pace that would be the envy of many of the turbo-powered super cars.
This car was bought direct from Tesla in the UK while now the company has set up an Irish operation at 92 Bracken Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18. The Irish price list and options are available on the company’s website.
This now two-year old car is still performing to its ability and up to recently was getting its annual service in the UK.
Tesla fit brushless electric motors to their cars so there are no wearing parts in the motors. The suspension is the only possible wear area.
Wear to the disc brakes is minimal. This is because there is a form of graduated electric motor braking that minimises the effort on the discs.
Tesla claims that software downloads minimise service time and are fed into the car while its charging at home or at a Tesla super charger.
This Tesla owner is very confident that in 10 years time the car will have all of the latest product downloads and given that its power is a non-wearing electric motor, it will still be as good as new.
This Tesla is a revolution in car ownership, running cost performance and ownership management.
The car is not cheap to buy at €82,500 entry price, while cheaper models are on the way.
Tesla claims that the car is a part of evolving technology and will be forever young because of upgrades, while you don’t need to be scared of the huge technology screen; if you can use an iPad or iPhone, that part won’t be a put off, but the price might.


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