As predicted, Tesla unveiled a new version of the Model S sedan tonight, featuring an additional motor up front to make it a 691-horsepower all-wheel-drive rocket — and one of the fastest sedans on the planet.
Tesla says the new Model S P85D can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds — just slightly slower than the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat — and has a range of 275 miles on a full charge, 10 more than before, thanks to being able to recapture more energy from the front wheels.
"This car is nuts," said Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk, addressing a massive throng of Tesla owners at Hawthorne Municipal Aiport in Los Angeles, Calif. "It's like having your own roller coaster."
In practice, the autopilot pretty much drives on its own, as seen in the video below. The experience was smooth, with no abrupt corrections or braking -- in other words, far better than the typical distracted LA driver:
Priced at $120,170, the Tesla Model S P85D will be delivered to customers at the end of the year.