- Posted by Jacques Duval
- On 09/02/2016
- 1 Comments
- AWD, Tesla Model S
- Categories: Jacques Duval
I’m getting a little disillusioned about AWD and I find that with the considerable improvements in tires in recent years, vehicles with four-wheel drive do not have, on slippery surfaces, the advantage they demonstrated before. This became clear to me the other day in my hometown of Knowlton where a little snowfall had made the road rather slippery.
Driving a propulsion Tesla P85+ equipped with Pirelli Soto Zero tires, I repeatedly pushed the vehicle to check the adherence level of this combination. Accelerator to the floor, the car kept a straight line while accelerating as if there was nothing to it. I’m willing to bet that from a standing start, comparison between a Tesla RWD and a Tesla AWD, would not result in a significant difference of time for 0 to 80 km/h.
Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed an incredible rise in enthusiasm for AWD and I myself was of the ones promoting it. And dealers are now constantly whining for manufacturers to supply them with all-wheel drive vehicles.
It’s a big sacrifice to make to lessen the pleasure of propulsion driving, even more so when the cost is high.
It has also been proven time and again that AWD energy consumption is about 20% higher than a 2WD vehicle.
Another point I want to emphasize is about high powered front-wheel drive vehicles that are unpleasant to drive, even dangerous, with that awful torque effect in the steering wheel. I’ve recently test driven a car that I’ve always had a soft spot for and whose V6 engine disappointed me, not for lack of performance or power, but by the marked effect on the front axle during acceleration. It felt like I was in one of those good old Saabs from fifteen years ago that darted left and right. All this to tell you to think twice before ordering an AWD that would be handy in 4 or 5 occasions but mostly useless the rest of the time.
P.S. I equipped my Tesla with Dunlop tires and I admit that this was not one of the best decisions in my life. I am mainly critical of their dangerous response in puddles where hydroplaning is very present, if not dangerous.
This article is a translation of «Oui ou non à la traction intégrale»
Today, Jacques Duval has twice proven his conviction in electric vehicles: he is indeed the owner of a TESLA MODEL S P85 and a CHEVY VOLT.