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