2015 Tesla Model S Review, Specs, Prices

The 2015 Tesla Model S is an electric sedan which comes with a bunch of technology and engine upgrades. AWD and autopilot are some of the new features. Its price starts from $69,900. All the information can be found in this article.

P85D front

Exterior and Interior Design

As for the exterior design, the 2015 Tesla Model S did not received any significant visual updates. The sedan still has smooth edges and very smooth and elegant design. On the front there is no a standard grille, the car has an oval blanking plate. That’s because it doesn’t have a standard petrol engine that needs cooling. This significantly improves the aerodynamics. Batteries are cooled via smaller radiators. On the top there are two smoke-tinted glass sunroofs. On the back, only addition is the new D badging on the AWD trim levels.

P85D rear

Interior of the 2015 Tesla Model S is pretty much the same as in previous versions of this electric sports sedan. However, the automaker did add some new technology upgrades. For example, the new Autopilot is a great addition to the car’s safety features. Using sensors, cameras, radar, and sonar-like device, the car is able to detect nearby vehicles and road signs, to follow lanes and slow down, in order to avoid collision damage. The integrated radar can even see through fog, rain and snow. You can see the design of the dashboard in the photo below. All features can be accessed and controlled via a 17-inch color display, including car’s settings, GPS navigation, A/C, and infotainment system.


New Engine Range and AWD System

The 2015 Tesla Model S trims now come in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants. First to tell something about the RWD models. The base model is powered by a 60 kWh electric motor that can generate 380 horsepower, its driving range is 208 miles, it can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, while its top speed is 120 mph. The 85 kWh model comes with a 380 hp motor, it can travel up to 265 miles, 0-60 mph time is 5.4 seconds, and its max speed is 125 mph. The P85 model is the most powerful RWD model, it is powered by a 85 kWh unit producing 470 horsepower, its driving range is 265 miles, 0-60 mph time is 4.2 seconds, while its maximum speed is limited to 130 mph.

above view

As for the AWD models, dual electric motors of the 60D trim can deliver a total of 376 horsepower, it needs just 5.7 seconds to reach the speed of 60 miles per hour, its top speed is 125 mph, while its estimated traveling range is 225 miles. The 85D model’s dual motors also generate 376 horses, but this model can reach the speed of 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, its top speed is 155 mph, while the traveling range is also increased to 295 miles.

The most powerful AWD variant is the new P85D. Its rear-axle motor generates 470 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, while the front-mounted unit produces 221 hp and 244 lb-ft of twist. The whole system can deliver a total of 691 horsepower and 687 pound-feet of torque. The P85D can sprint from the point of rest to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, reaching the top speed of 155 mph. It can travel on electric power alone for about 275 miles.


2015 Tesla Model S Price

Given that there are many trim levels and different drivetrains, pricing of this sedan ranges from almost 70 thousand dollars to about 120 thousand dollars.

The base model with 60 kWh battery and rear wheel drive has a starting price of $69,900. The 60D model with all wheel drive is a bit more expensive and its price is $75,070. Model with 85 kWh battery is priced at $79,900; add AWD to the mix and its price rises to $85,070. The P85 model has a price of $93,400, while the most expensive is the new P85D model, priced at $120,170. In Australia, the most expensive P85D costs about 175,000 Australian dollars. One source claim that its European price will start at €54,800.

2015 Tesla Model S

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