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Mike Stevens | Oct, 10 2014 | 8 Comments

Tesla founder Elon Musk has, as promised last week, at last shown the world his ‘D’. 'Dual-Motor', that is.

The new Tesla Model S P85D was unveiled in the US today as an all-wheel-drive version of the top-shelf Model S P85 sedan. (Read TMR’s review here.)

That all-paw upgrade isn’t all about enhanced safety, though. Tesla says the P85D will hit 60mph (96km/h) in just 3.2 seconds, making it a full second quicker than the already BMW M5-rivalling rear-wheel-drive Model S P85.

In fact, that time makes the P85D quicker than Dodge’s new 527kW Charger SRT Hellcat, which claims a 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds.

The P85D draws its extra urge from an additional electric motor, this time driving - you guessed it - the front wheels.

And, while the upgrade has dramatically enhanced the sedan’s performance, Tesla says that its driving range, rather than being diminished in the process, has actually increased by about 16 kilometres beyond the standard 502km claim.

Tesla has also confirmed it will offer all-wheel-drive 'D' versions of the lower-spec Model S 60 and Model S 85 models.

"I think there will be a whole class of new buyers for whom all-wheel drive is extremely important," Musk said at today's unveiling.

"They don't really care that much about performance, but they really want the all-wheel drive."

As for whether these versions will be offered in Australia, we’ll have to wait and see. TMR has contacted Tesla’s local offices for word. Watch this space.

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