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Dual Motor Tesla Model S, Autopilot Feature Explained

Elon Musk wowed the world a few days ago when he debuted the D variant of the Model S. But there's something more to the dual electric motor luxury sedan than a 3.2-second acceleration to 60 mph (96 km/h) and the whopping $120,170 price tag.
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First of all, you need to know that the dual engine layout incorporates an engine for each of the vehicle's axles. Each electric motor sends power and torque digitally and independently to the wheels, which translates to better bad weather conditions capability, better road holding and improved mileage per charge.

The Tesla Model S 60D, 85D and even the super fast P85D boast more miles on a full charge then their rear-wheel drive, one electric motor counterparts thanks to a new powertrain management software. As such, the Model S 60D and 85D gain an additional 10 miles of highway driving. With the P85D, Tesla is offering a ride that can be used daily, which also happens to accelerate as fast as the iconic McLaren F1.

Other new features and Autopilot

All Tesla Model S variants benefit from the introduction of new standard hardware and software. Firstly, Tesla OS 6.0 is onboard. In addition to the new operating system, all new Tesla Model S vehicles roll out of the factory with a forward-facing radar and camera and 12 ultrasonic sensors positioned to sense 16 feet around the car in every direction at all speeds. Digitally controlled electric assist braking is there too.

Although it will take several months for all Autopilot features to be completed and uploaded to the cars, Tesla says that Autopilot will grant drivers a car that steers itself to stay within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of the turn signal, and manage speed by reading road signs and using active cruise control.

"Our goal with the introduction of this new hardware and software is not to enable driverless cars, which are still years away from becoming a reality. Our system is called Autopilot because it’s similar to systems that pilots use to increase comfort and safety when conditions are clear." informs the Palo Alto-based EV manufacturer.

In addition to the previously detailed, it's necessary to point out other very small updates coming in the form of a quieter cabin, taller headrests, wider rear door opening, an air ionizer and a carbon filter for cabin air purity. An increased visor and larger vanity mirror, standard parcel shelf and front trunk cargo net, as well as a new steering column control module are the other highlight updates for all Model S variants. However, customers of the dual motor Model S also benefit from a neat self-closing charging port.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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