Posted On: Jun 19th, 2014 By: Mary Anne Been
In 2011 I had to reluctantly give up my 2008 Shelby Cobra, Convertible Mustang for a “mom” car (we wont name names) and for 3 years sulked around yearning for the fast and loud muscle car I dreamt about owning my whole life.
In December of 2013, my husband of 17 years thought gifting me a metallic blue Tesla P85+ for Christmas would be the automotive compromise he had been looking for. Low fuel costs combined with sports car power.
Upon receipt of the new, quieter Tesla, I was skeptical. How was this supposed to fulfill the need for speed and noise? Well, girls… let me tell you! I love this car.
Driving it makes life pretty comfortable, especially in LA traffic. I feel like a Beverly Hills Mom driving the Tesla. It’s fancy and looks like a sleek and very expensive car (cause it is). If I am in traffic, I can surf the web (although you can’t access email) or listen to my music on my phone or the radio. There is also the optional satellite radio if one so chooses.
I appreciate that the Tesla P85+ is outstanding, not only on the surface streets, but on the highway as well. Fulfilling my need for speed, the zero to sixty in 4.4 seconds isn’t the only benefit… the car also handles well at high speed. The interior of the car is luxurious despite not being the highest-end. The interior is lovely camel-colored leather with suede accents, but it feels a bit flimsy upon closer inspection. I’ve had the car since December 2013 and can already see wear on the seats and doors. Amenities include all leather interior, a full touch screen that offers a media player, internet (but only 3G), Bluetooth, phone, navigation, rear end camera that is operational at all times, and energy usage displays. You can split the screen or use the full screen. Steering wheel controls are easy to use and not cumbersome at all. The Tesla P85+ seats 7 people uncomfortably and 6 pretty comfortably. There are two, 5-point harness seats for smaller kids in the trunk that fold up, while still having plenty of space for your things in the frunk (front trunk)… Yep it’s called a frunk.
The only thing this car is missing are practically-placed cup holders. The cup holders are in the center console armrest and very inconvenient to use. I’ve heard that if you call or write to Tesla, they have made center console modifications that can be purchased and installed in the car to resolve this issue, which I’m looking forward to doing one day.
The best part of owning a Tesla, is the nonexistent gas bill. Yes, my electric bill has gone up a bit, but the overall fuel savings surpass my electric bill. Also, in 2015, the number of FREE superchargers placed around the country by Tesla will double, which will make getting from state to state and city to city much more convenient, and therefore obliterating any lingering range anxiety I might have had about road tripping in an electric car.
According to my husband, “we will never own a gas powered car again.” Foolish man. You can take the girl out of the muscle car, but you can’t take the muscle car out of the girl. One day I’ll own a classic Shelby or other muscle car again… it’s just a must have for me. I still can’t escape my love for a deep growl of roof-shaking-engines revving up.
Even though I miss the sound of a 550 horsepower engine, I have to say, my initial skepticism about my gasless car is now a distant memory. The Tesla has certainly become a quieter version of the fast muscle car I’ve always dreamt about.
Mary Anne Been is the owner of Jetset Extra, an online travel site, and a mom who loves cars. Mary Anne appreciates the speed and power of a great muscle car. www.jetsetextra.com