Southern California man Kevin Babineau has become the first customer to take delivery of the new Tesla Model S P85D, and so far, he says, the performance difference is “night and day.”
Mr. Babineau is a bit of a collector; as Business Insider reports, he owns cars from Ford, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, and Ferrari. He has a few Humvees as well, and even got on the Tesla Motors train at its first stop: the Tesla Roadster. But he never owned a Model S until the P85D. “It was something I wanted to do in the beginning, but when I heard about the all-wheel drive and the new stuff they were doing, that made the difference for me,” said Mr. Babineau.
He did drive earlier iterations of the Model S, however, so he is qualified to assess the comparative performance leap made by the Tesla Model S P85D. “You’re not used to experiencing that kind of speed. The first thing you do is smile and start laughing,” he said. “The emotions that come out of that kind of speed, in that short a distance, your body’s not used to it.”
The “autopilot” feature baked into the Tesla Model S P85D has not yet been activated, however, so Kevin Babineau was unable to comment on that. But for a fanatical car enthusiast with a Ferrari or two in his fleet to be so wowed by the acceleration of his new all-wheel-drive Tesla? That’s about as rave a review as the marque could hope for.