Step on the peddle in "insane mode" of Tesla's new "Model D" line and you'll hit 60 in 3.2 seconds. Yes, it really accelerates that fast, and yes, there is actually a driving mode called, "insane." It is the third option above "normal" and "sport." But who would ever use those?
The only way to start explaining this car - which is really a rethought Model S with some seriously cool twists - is by pointing out the unthinkable departures from normal, one by one. To begin, the Model D's an all-wheel-drive sports car - an electric one. And the model D comes from "Dual" because the car is powered by not one, but two electric motors.
CEO Elon Musk told yesterday's Los Angeles launch event attendees that the car's software, "dynamically shifts power from front to rear at a millisecond level," explaining that the transfer is far superior to conventional all-wheel-drive systems because it directs power where it's needed, precisely when it's needed. Musk added that the vehicle is "inherently able to do better road holding than cars with a single engine." Early performance reports certainly don't contradict.
So, with a significant boost in acceleration from previous Tesla models - not to mention a higher top speed as well - what else is special about the dual-engine super car that performs on a par with the McLaren F1 when the driver switches the Tesla into insane mode?