Last week, Elon Musk promised to ‘unveil the D’ on October 9, whatever that meant. And on October 9, he delivered on that promise. At the Los Angeles unveiling, Tesla Motors’ CEO pulled the curtain back on a new dual-motor, ‘all-wheel-drive’ version of its existing Model S sedan. Basically, you get a motor in the front and back of the car, with three different versions hitting the market: the 60D, 85D and P85D.
Tesla’s next car, the P85D, will have two motors and all-wheel drive. It will match the 3.2 second 0 to 60 mph time of the McLaren F1, one of the fastest cars ever made. And it will be even more efficient than the current, already terrific, Model S. “This car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck. It’s just bananas,” said CEO Elon Musk, who unveiled the D at a crowded event, next door to the headquarters of the other company he helms, Space X. And for those who settle for the standard Model S over the new Model S P85D, there’s something new: The cars now being produced are stuffed with high-tech safety technologies that will allow the car to automatically avoid danger and even drive itself—kind of.