103/100: This Car Just Broke Consumer Reports’ Road Test

Tesla’s new all-wheel-drive Model S P85D isn’t just “brutally quick” with a face-melting 3.5 second 0-60 mph acceleration, it’s the car that just broke Consumer Reports 80-year-old rating system. Before officially earning a perfect score, the car actually scored a 103 on CR’s 100-point scale.

“The car set a new benchmark, so we had to make changes to our scoring to account for it,” Consumer Reports admitted. “It’s a remarkable car that paves a new, unorthodox course.”

Oh, and in case you forgot… the Tesla is an electric car that’s built in an American factory.

“This is it, the best car Consumer Reports has ever tested,” Jake Fisher, CR’s Auto Test Director, said while introducing the car in the video review below.

 

‘An Automotive Milepost’

Tesla has been consistently raising the bar in the broad automotive market (not just in the electric vehicle segment). With the Model S P85D’s perfect score, the company is proving that it has no plans of easing off the gas pedal.

The highlight of the test drive is the car’s impressive speed and acceleration. According to the review, the only way the average person will experience such sudden g-force is by leaping off a tall building. “It’s so explosively quick that TEsla has created an ‘insane’ driving mode.”

Unfortunately for us average drivers, the price tag on this new Model S is a bit prohibitive. The model CR tested came in just under $128,000. So, it’s not quite yet the perfect car, as that award surely must go to one that can be mass produced and sold an affordable price for the average car buyer.

Still, there’s a lot to love about Tesla’s new all-wheel-drive sedan:

  • It delivers instant acceleration that only a powerful electric motor can deliver.
  • It’s the fastest car CR has ever tested.
  • Though powerful, its electric motor is still “eerie in its silent velocity.”
  • It offers better braking and handling than the standard Model S (also highly-rated by CR).
  • Some seriously impressive efficiency: the car gets the equivalent of 87 mpg.
  • The Model S includes the most advanced safety features available.

It deserves repeating: this car broke a nearly century-old, highly-respected ratings and review system, earning a 103/100 score.

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