Tesla's D unveiling
- The new "D" variants of the Model S don't really look different on the outside. But they're very different on the inside.
- One of the only way to spot the difference from the outside is the red "D" added to the end of the model number. Here is the P85D, the highest-end Tesla Model S with all-wheel-drive and a performance package that gets it from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.
- Tesla's D unveiling wasn't just for press. Many attendees drove to the Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles in Teslas that filled the nearby lots.
- Tesla CEO Elon Musk points out the new features of the D system on stage with the new chassis being held up with a massive robotic car arm.
- Here's that arm manipulating the entire chassis like it's nothing.
- Inside our test drive (as a passenger). We're in the section of the road where the car is staying between the lines and changing speeds without human intervention as part of the new "autopilot" system.
- You also get the fancy "D" badge on your digital dashboard too. This area doubles as a heads up display for identifying objects when you're driving it with the help of the new "autopilot" features.
- This is how "autopilot" sees other vehicles and your car lane while driving. And of course you're listening to Daft Punk while all this is happening.
- One of the few things that lets you tell this apart from existing models.
- The back motor, with a nearly identical version sitting up in the front of the car. The two can trade off power between wheels, something that gives the car more grip in bad weather, and potentially more range than its predecessor.