Tesla Motors Inc is causing trouble all over this morning. Consumer Reports is still reeling from the show that the firm’s best Model S variant, the P85D, just gave them.The car scored an overall 100, perfect on every measure, though that doesn’t do it justice. Consumer Reports says that the ratings system it uses couldn’t handle what the Model S can do.
Mark Rechtin, who wrote the review on the car, says “The all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85D sedan performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system.”
Tesla Motors isn’t as fast as it says
The fact that the Tesla Motors Model S can be declared the greatest car ever tested by Consumer Reports makes up for any error the group found in the numbers it was advertised under. Consumer Reports was not able to achieve acceleration of 0-60 in 3.1 seconds in Insane mode. They did manage a speedy 3.5 seconds, however.
Even with the misstep in speed, the Model S scored higher than the system that Consumer Reports uses allows. Mr. Rechtin explains “The Tesla initially scored 103 in the Consumer Reports’ Ratings system, which by definition doesn’t go past 100. The car set a new benchmark, so we had to make changes to our scoring to account for it. Those changes didn’t affect the scores of other cars.”
He said that the “Tesla Model S P85D is an automotive milepost. It’s a remarkable car that paves a new, unorthodox course, and it’s a powerful statement of American startup ingenuity.”
The rating doesn’t include a measure of reliability. We’ll have to wait some years to see how the EVs stack up beside ICE cars for long-lasting performance.
Waiting on a Model X review
The P85D review makes the Model S look great, and it supports the view that Tesla Motors is getting better and better with each tweak it makes to its cars. What the world is really waiting for, however, is for the first review of the Model X to appear.
The EV SUV has been promised, by Elon Musk, to arrive before the end of the third quarter. Mr. Musk said that the online design studio for the car would open before the end of August. With just a few days left in August, and just a few weeks in the third quarter, that deadline is starting to look tight.
Brad Erikson of Pacific Crest says that the Model X reviews will be a key catalyst for sales of the EV SUV once it arrives. A Consumer Reports piece declaring the Model S the best car ever tested spurred huge sales and may even have saved Tesla Motors.
The same could happen for the Model X. Ben Kallo of Baird says that shares in Tesla Motors are worth owning into the launch of the next big project from Elon Musk. Now all we have to do is wait for those initial reviews to arrive.