With 691 horsepower and 689 lb-ft of instantaneous torque, the Tesla Model S P85D is the penultimate electric car, albeit one that appeals more to men than women. But that doesn’t mean the fairer sex can’t enjoy all the instant power and torque the P85D offers, and this next video shows two very different reactions to the Hellcat-crushing Model S.
Indeed, experiencing that kind of instantaneous thrust can be both an exhilarating and scary feeling, and both emotions were on full display in this test video. The driver was obviously getting a kick out of impressing/terrifying her passenger, and to her credit the passenger was down for round two despite screaming “That’s scary!” towards the end of the first run. Scary, yes, but also damn fun to be sure. She also describes the ride as “crazy” and “like a rollercoaster”, both of which are apt descriptions of the 3.2 second 0 to 60 MPH sprint of the Tesla P85D.
Her reaction wasn’t much different from the group of guys in an earlier P85D reaction video, which proves to me that torque is as much a universal language as laughter. While studies have shown that men and women approach electric cars in different ways, Musk has already gone on record as saying that the Model X will (hopefully) be more appealing to women, who often have the final say in a new car purchase in today’s economy.
Men may have made the Tesla Model S a trendy talking point, but getting women in the driver’s seat may ultimately be more important to Tesla’s long term success as an automaker. Though men and women may look for different things when it comes to buying a new car, instantaneous torque is something both genders can agree on.