Tesla Model S P85D Details Beginning To Emerge

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The “D” – what exactly is it? Ever since Elon Musk tweeted out a rather vague declaration about the “D” being revealed on October 9th, speculation has been abundant.

But now, thankfully, that can begin dying down, as some details are now starting to emerge. What we know now, “for sure,” is that the moniker “D” refers to a P85D version of the Model S — which will, reportedly, be the all-wheel drive Model S that’s been alluded to for awhile now.

That’s all that we really know for sure, but, reportedly, there’s more to it than just that. But I guess we will probably have to wait until October 9th to find out what that is.



Autoblog provides a bit more:

…this ignited a debate over at the Tesla Motors Club and user Adelman has now posted a picture that a friend took of a Model S with P85D branding. This doesn’t help us know exactly what we’re looking at, but it does make the picture a bit clearer, since we can eliminate the idea that there’s a Tesla Model D coming. And things come even more into focus when we put Musk’s Tweet into context with not only previous company statements about an all-wheel drive Model S based on work being done on the AWD-only Model X but also a new Tweet by Edmunds’ Mike Magrath that says, “According to the guide there’s supposed to be an all-wheel drive Tesla here at the Paris Motor Show. There is not.”


And on that note, it’s worth noting that it’s probably worth keeping on eye on the price of Tesla’s stock on the 9th. These sorts of announcements have a tendency to drive short-term pops in the price of the stock, even if they are about things that had been planned for a long time.

Image Credit: Tesla Motors Club

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