Get ready to meet the Model S P85D, which is some variation on the current top-spec Model S P85.
Earlier thoughts had the new BMW 3 Series-rivalling model falling into line with Tesla’s other known variants - the Model S sedan and the upcoming Model X SUV - by reverting to a single ‘letter’ name as well.
After all, the Model D name would make sense for such a car which is currently earmarked to wear a ‘Model III’ badge.
Speculation now turns to what the ‘D’ might represent in relation to the Model S, with some reports suggesting ‘Dual’ might be the answer.
If correct, this would likely mean dual electric engines and therefore the first all-wheel-drive Model S as a new range-topper.
Even assuming ‘Dual’ is correct, this raises a host of further questions that Musk will no doubt answer at some stage in the future.
How much extra performance do buyers get with the second electric motor? Do two motors affect the range? Does this preview the Model X driveline in anyway?
All questions without answers at the moment.
But the biggest question of all is Musk’s other comment from this week that the Model S P85D will be joined by “something else” when it is unveiled on October 9.
Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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