Reasons why Tesla's new car is so good Reasons why Tesla's new car is so good Moneyweb Tesla Motors's all-wheel-drive version of the battery-powered Model S, the P85D, earned a 103 out of a possible 100 in an evaluation by Consumer Reports magazine. The combination of power and efficiency was so off-the-chart that the group had to recalibrate its ratings methods to account for the car's exceptionally strong performance, according to a statement. Ultimately, the car was given a score of 100 that set a new standard for perfection. 2015 Bloomberg News 199568830 Tesla TESLA Tesla's cars just keep getting more impressive. And the Tesla Model S P85D is no exception. In April, the 2015 P85D received the top spot for AAA's fifth annual Green Car Guide. And earlier this week the car received the highest rating ever from Consumer Reports. The car initially received a rating of 103, which breaks the group's scoring system. So the reviewers were forced to make changes to their scoring to give it a rating of 100. Tesla introduced the performance all-wheel drive sedan in October of last year. And while the car comes with a hefty price starting at about $105,000, it's decked out with some pretty impressive details. Here's a look at some of the Tesla Model S P85D's coolest features. 199568835 Tesla ONE OF THE CAR'S MOST IMPRESSIVE ATTRIBUTES IS THAT IT CAN GO SUPER FAST, SUPER QUICK. THE CAR CAN ACCELERATE FROM ZERO TO 60 MILES PER HOUR IN JUST 3.1 SECONDS WHEN IN THE "INSANE" DRIVING MODE. THE CAR CAN REACH SPEEDS OF 155 MILES PER HOUR. 199568833 Tesla WITH THE HIGH FIDELITY SOUND UPGRADE, YOU'LL GET 12 SPEAKERS STRATEGICALLY POSITIONED THROUGHOUT THE VEHICLE, SO JAMMING OUT IN THE CAR WON'T BE A PROBLEM. 199568834 Tesla THE CAR ALSO HAS IMPROVED SAFETY FEATURES, LIKE ITS PARTIAL AUTO-PILOT FUNCTIONS. USING A FORWARD LOOKING CAMERA, RADAR, AND 360 DEGREE SONAR SENSORS WITH REAL-TIME TRAFFIC UPDATES, THE AUTOPILOT FEATURE ENABLES AUTOMATIC DRIVING ON BOTH THE HIGHWAY AND IN STOP AND GO TRAFFIC. NOT TO MENTION, IT CAN ALSO DETECT A PARKING SPOT AND PARK ITSELF. 199568836 Tesla ANOTHER SAFETY UPGRADE IS ITS ELECTRICAL MECHANICAL BRAKING SYSTEM. THE HIGHLY PRECISE SYSTEM ALLOWS FOR A DRIVER TO GET TO HIGH LEVELS OF BRAKING EXTREMELY QUICK. 199568837 Tesla WITH THE SMART AIR SUSPENSION FEATURE, THE MODEL S AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTS RIDE HEIGHT BASED ON SPEED AND VEHICLE AIR LEVEL. HOWEVER, THE DRIVER CAN MANUALLY ADJUST IT HIGHER OR LOWER USING THE TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY. 199568831 Facebook/Tesla WHILE SOME CARS REQUIRE A TRIP TO YOUR AUTO DEALER FOR A SOFTWARE UPDATE, THE TESLA MODEL S VEHICLES RECEIVE ALL OF ITS UPDATES WIRELESSLY. SOME OF THE UPDATES INCLUDE NOT ONLY NEW FEATURES, BUT AN UPDATE TO THE INTERFACE OF THE TOUCHSCREEN. 199568832 Tesla THE TESLA MODEL S MOBILE APP ENABLES YOU TO DO THINGS CHECK YOUR CAR'S BATTERY CHARGE OR EVEN PRE-COOL YOUR CAR BEFORE GETTING INTO IT. 199568842 Tesla WITH TESLA'S TECH PACKAGE YOU CAN ALSO GET 3G INTERNET CONNECTIVITY WHICH MEANS THE BENEFITS OF A FULL WEB BROWSER 199568838 Tesla IF THAT'S NOT FAST ENOUGH FOR YOU, YOU CAN UPGRADE THE P85D TO INCLUDE LUDICROUS SPEED UPGRADE, WHICH CAN TAKE THE CAR FROM ZERO TO 60 IN JUST 2.8 SECONDS. 199568839 AP Images EVEN THE SMALLEST DETAILS LIKE TESLA'S KEY, WHICH IS AN RFID TRANSMITTER SHAPED AS THE CAR, ARE THOUGHTFUL. 199568840 2015 Bloomberg News Despite the record score, the magazine criticized the $127,820 test vehicle for the quality of its interior materials compared with other luxury models, as well as a ride that is firmer and louder than the base Model S. The starting price for a P85D is $105,000. The Model S topped the magazine's buyer survey last year for the second year in a row, scoring 98 out of a possible 100, after posting a 99 the previous year. The car was also the top overall pick for the second year in a row by the independent magazine testers. 199568841