Tesla is tinkering with its published hp figures — bowing to critics who’ve challenged the old figures. It’s irrelevant to real-world performance, of course, but the real world isn’t where car buyers dwell. They live in a land where:
- Your electric vehicle with 250 miles of range might struggle to get you through a day of driving.
- Your Subaru could end up splashing through a stream in the middle of the forest, like on TV.
- Ditto your $100k Land Rover.
- Your Jeep will end up perched atop the Rocky Mountains at sunset.
- Your Silverado will one day have hay bales in the bed and pretty horsies trotting all around.
- Your Benz will soon be called upon to pass a tractor-trailer on a twisty mountain road, with sleeping children in your back seat.
- Your Scion will get you some cool city friends, and at least one of them will sport a killer afro.
- Your drive to work could detour to the Bonneville Salt Flats, where your Nissan Maxima might have to do a 100-ft power slide in slow motion.
So yes, this drop in Tesla hp could affect business, because this ain’t no ordinary business. This is la-la land. Watch for complaints that Teslas suddenly feel slower. This new video of a P90D croaking a Hellcat? Must be rigged.