Much is asked of the Tesla’s chassis, and, given the way it thrusts about the place, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to wonder if Tesla has invested in some outlandish way of overcoming drag, gravity and mass.
But sadly, its control of the wheels remains far more conventional than the method used to turn them. The optional ‘Smart’ air springs deployed on our test car are as sophisticated as the P90D gets, giving the car the ability to adjust its ride height on command – or even automatically if you choose – but never quite providing superlative handling or comfort.
That it manages to do neither brilliantly is partly because it still strives ambitiously to do both. With Tesla’s line-up being so small, the Model S attempts to fulfil the obligations of both a luxury saloon and a five-door performance car, and because there is so much weight and power to manage, the compromise is a tricky one.
Kudos to Tesla, then, that the P90D continues in the established vein of offering an agreeable, obviously hefty driveability that rarely feels overawed by its huge potency or unreasonably strangled by the effort of harnessing it.