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It s been super-mega-awful and/or snowy pretty everywhere in the country lately, but was one glorious day in northwest Connecticut the flakes stopped dropping enough for the sun to bore a hole the frigid air and defrost Lime s half-mile autocross track. Motors capitalized on this hiatus it snowed again the next day, natch by up a couple of its Model S sedans and a pop-up press trip. I was

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we tested the Model S. we called it a car, not just a good and it offers pleasant cruising pampering luxury, and hedonistic But how would the 4700-plus pounder do on a kinked miniature track? with anticipation sunny t necessarily equate to warm in New and huddled around the impromptu pit/hobo camp set up to keep us I patiently waited my turn.

I didn t have to wait My first run was in a 362-hp 85 model 85 denoting the largest available pack, an 85-kWh unit), had the stock 19-inch wheels and Goodyear Eagle RS A2s. The was nothing to write home let an article about.

Yes, the was impressive, the handling was excellent for a big sedan, and the instant-on torque of an motor delivered plenty of from a stop, but there was no joy in No sooner did the speed build up I had to dive into the brakes.

sort of description is pretty how anyone, ever, would driving an autocross-style course, but in my it s usually less digital of an than it was in the regular 85 more to smoothly linking the gates of a ski course than lurching cone to cone. It felt I was racing racing a 1/24-scale car on a 1/32 track. I ll allow it could have been my and/or the fact that I was acclimating to the course, but this boy racer noticed a huge when I set out behind the wheel of the Model S, the P85. We re talking and day.

Apples and oranges. New York and And it wasn t just because of the wheels.

The P (for Performance) has horsepower (416 vs, 362), torque (443 lb-ft vs. and offers an even harder in the back (we recorded 4.6 to 60 from the The P85 I drove at Lime Rock had Continentals, and they allowed for slide when transitioning the upper loop of the track to the section while still nicely through the tighter

The S is a heavy rear-wheel-drive sedan, but its battery pack lives low the passenger cell, creating a low of gravity that inspires What s hard to explain is the way in the P85 unlike the regular 85 seemed to and drive smaller the harder I it. Really.

When the Tesla rep in the back commented on how much fun I seemed to be I briefly wondered how he had wedged into the back of a two-seat car.

In sum, the experience me wanting only two more The chance to take the Model S out on Rock s full, 1.53-mile and the chance to do it in a P85+, which has suspension upgrades, staggered Sport P2s, and a carbon-fiber Now if Tesla would only the grille .

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