The new Tesla is so good, it broke the Consumer Reports rating system with a score of 103%

Tesla Model S P85D
Promo image Tesla/AirBNB

And this was just "insane" mode, not even "ludicrous"...

A score of 103 out of 100 could be called kind of... Insane. This is exactly what the Tesla Model S P85D in 'Insane' mode received during testing by Consumer Reports (CR), a score so off-the-charts good that it actually broke the scale and forced CR to revise how they measure things. The official score with the new, updated methodology will be 100/100.

What made the Tesla break the ratings was the combination of supercar performance and extreme energy efficiency. These things haven't historically been found together, and so CR never had a car that go such high scores in both columns.

“This is a glimpse into what we can expect down the line, where we have cars with the performance of supercars and the comfort, convenience and safety features of a luxury car while still being extremely energy efficient,” Jake Fisher, the magazine’s head of automotive testing, said in an interview. “We haven’t seen all those things before. [...] The P85D also has better braking and handling than our top-scoring standard Model S. And yet it’s more energy-efficient, getting the equivalent of 87 mpg."

Tesla Insane Mode buttonYoutube/Screen capture

This is reminiscent of how the Model S technically received more than 5 out of 5 stars (5.4 stars, actually) during a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test, though for the official papers that was rounded down to 5 stars. This was the highest score of any car to date in that crash test.

Ludicrous speedSpaceballs/Screen capture

And the car that broke the Consumer Reports scale was only the P85D in 'Insane' mode. Tesla has since announced a new all-wheel-drive 90kWh model called the P90D that will have a 'Ludicrous' mode that does 0-to-60 in 2.8 seconds. I can't imagine how that wouldn't break the scale even more...

Via Consumer Reports, Bloomberg

Tags: Electric Cars | Electric Vehicles


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