By ordinary standards, the Tesla Model S did not interest me at first. No saloon is going to interest me if it isn’t at least reasonably powerful, no matter what power it’s running under.
But then they went and gave the Model S 691bhp in the P85D model. That much power is already worth giving pause to no matter what car it’s under, but for an ordinary saloon, it’s unheard of.
Of course, this much power with an electric motor gives the advantages you’d expect of such a thing. The torque figure might not actually be that high – surprising for an electric motor. But regardless, it gives the Tesla – with help from 4WD – astonishing acceleration. Sure enough, many a video emerged of it beating many sportier cars.
And with this version in Forza 6, I had to give it a go. Much better than the less powerful model GT6 has, which is essentially crap in every way.
While it’s hard to tell, I believe the same inaccuracy that the Formula E had might befall the Tesla in that you can actually rev it. I’m not sure if the real life thing has this.
But the reason it’s hard to tell is because of the sound. There isn’t any. And as you set off, the brisk acceleration is just as advertised…but the thing isn’t making a sound. You can only hear it faintly except on onboard view, where it really is almost completely silent. While this is to be expected, it’s still a pretty eerie experience.
That’s not the only thing about this Tesla though – because it’s not all straight lines as the internet might suggest it is. It has to corner as well, and it does it surprisingly well.
The actual cornering itself isn’t anything to write home about – the car is nearly 2200kg so it’s not even close to agile. Instead, where the Tesla makes a case for itself is out of them, because when you get the power down it just shoots out of them like nobody’s business, hooking right onto your chosen line. It’s great and makes the Tesla a viable choice all by itself.
That said, slow corners are so difficult for this thing that you’re still screwed on them regardless. And, of course, as is the issue with all electric drivetrains, the top speed is very limited. Still, it’s perfectly manageable as long as the course you’re on doesn’t have a really long straight.
It means the Tesla is at its best in a very unusual situation; a course with short straights but filled with medium-speed corners. There’s probably a course out there to suit it – I mean, it certainly did its job on Prague, but even that had a couple of killer slows. But it’s difficult to work out where the Tesla will be at its very best.
Regardless, it’s still a fine drive no matter what and I recommend you give it a shot as at least some of its qualities can be put to use on almost any track. If you can just fight off its inherent flaws long enough, it should become a superb car.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the Model S I’d have now. While Turn 10 didn’t know it at the time, Tesla has now gone even further with this and upgraded to the P90D, which makes an even more ridiculous 762bhp, making the P85D look rather outgunned in my eyes. Sadly it’s impossible to recreate that figure in this game, since the only upgrade for the electric motor goes way past the P90D, and you can’t power limit it. Still, the one we all know about is around and I dare say that next time around we’ll have a Model X to review as well. That’ll be as insane as the third row of seats you can specify on this…I mean, how far is Elon Musk gonna go?!