Tesla Model S P85D Breaks Consumer Reports’ Scoring System

In its comparatively brief span on this planet, Tesla Motors has amassed a rabid fan base, and no shortage of glowing press. The electric-carmaker’s wares have been lauded by press and owners alike, who perhaps stomach an inordinate quantity of hiccups and faults simply because the all-electric drivetrain represents such an auspicious paradigm-shift, or because the company is still little more than a startup.

Included in that list of enthused reviewers is Consumer Reports, who – beside revering the original Tesla Model S unabashedly – have now rewritten their scoring system just to accommodate their love for the Tesla Model S P85D.

It’s perhaps important to recall at this point the bad press that the publication gave the very same Tesla Model S P85D when it experienced a glitch and refused to be driven for some time.

Despite this – plus some gentle criticism levelled at the car’s harder, louder ride and merely adequate interior materials – the Tesla Model S P85D ended up scoring 103 points in Consumer Reports‘ testing, out of a possible 100. As such, the publication had to rewrite its scoring system just for the P85D, and they still assert that it’s not a perfect car.

We find ourselves wondering how this can be. Consumer Reports is famously uncompromising in its reviews, and works independently from any automaker. Yet, the Tesla Model S P85D, reported imperfections and all, earned itself an above-perfect score.

We can only infer that Consumer Reports‘ scoring system will need revision yet again in the not-too-distant future, readjusting so that again, only a perfect car may earn a perfect score.

That, or the Consumer Reports website has been hacked, allowing diehard Tesla Model S P85D fans to write it an impossibly good review while no one was watching…

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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