Tesla P85D Passes SUVs On Snowy Hill

A lot of focus around the Tesla Model S P85D has been its performance on the street and drag strip against formidable competitors like a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Yet the Dual Motor Drive system is about a lot more than just going fast; it actually makes a tremendous difference in snowy, slippery conditions, as you’re about to see in this next video.

The video is low on some key details, such as just when and where this action took place, and all we know for sure is that this is a Tesla P85D, driving on Michelin XICE XI3 snow tires (which most certainly helped) up an intimidating 14% upgrade. Truthfully, the video is a fairly uneventful affair that shows how quietly and confidently the Dual Motor Model S can handle slick, streep roads…roads that even many supposed SUVs couldn’t handle, judging from the number of them stuck on the road.

With another winter storm pounding the Northeast, Elon Musk took to Twitter to say that awesome snow performance was the main goal of the Dual Motor Drive…insane speed was just a side effect. I’m not sure exactly how true that is, as Musk is known to have a need for speed, and considering the cars the P85D gets compared to, acceleration was always going to be a factor. What can’t be denied though is the fact that the Dual Motor Tesla Model S is equally proficient at racing as it is at climbing snowy, icy hills. That said, Musk even went so far as to make the P85D a hair faster to 60 MPH via an over-the-air software update.

I wonder what those SUV drivers were thinking as the Tesla quietly rolled its way up the hill, while they were stuck babysitting their less-competent SUVs. I’d like to imagine at least one of them went home to place an order for the upcoming Tesla Model X after seeing the P85D in action.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.