Tesla P85D Instant Torque Cellphone Test

It’s hard to describe the sensation of all-out acceleration in the Tesla Model S P85D. Sure, we’ve seen how people react, and that the P85D is as-fast or faster than some of the most powerful production cars on the market. But if you really want a sense of what instantaneous torque looks like, look no further than this next video.

As you can clearly see, the 689 lb-ft of torque (or nearly 900 lb-ft according to some dyno runs) available at 0 RPM creates enough 1.2 g’s of lateral acceleration to pin an iPhone to the back seat….and there it stays for more than a few seconds. As we saw in a video where two ladies demonstrated the power of the P85D, any unsecured items in the cabin can become airborne projectiles the moment you stomp of the P85D’s accelerator pedal.

All told, the iPhone stays pinned to the back seat for about 5 seconds, and this isn’t the sort of trick you can replicate in just any car. Even the fastest, thirstiest, and most expensive combustion cars will never, ever be able to match the instant torque of an electric motor. That’s why other automakers are scrambling to rush out their own all-electric competitors to the Tesla Model S, fulfilling Elon Musk’s dream of a future where electric cars are just as popular as they are potent.
If you’re ever lucky enough to find yourself is a Tesla P85D, make sure you secure all loose articles and clothing.

Otherwise, you might just find your wallet and cellphone embedded in the back seat.

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.