Veterans Day is a big deal because it gives Americans a chance to pay homage to all the men and women in the military who protect this beautiful country. American automakers usually play their own part in commemorating this day and this year, California-based Tesla Motors is front and center with the unveiling of the one-off Model S P85 Veterans Edition. The special edition Model S Veterans Edition is the latest example of the automaker’s commitment to honoring the military and its veterans. It’s also proof that Tesla takes this responsibility very seriously.

Veterans Day may have come and gone, but I don’t think it’s too late to join Tesla’s salute and extend our own gratitude and appreciation to everyone who has served and continues to serve the United States Armed Forces.

To every past and present member of the US Armed Forces, all of you risk your lives to protect our freedom and don’t ask anything in return. For that, we couldn’t be any more grateful. Thank you!

Click past the jump to read more about the Tesla Model S P85.

Exterior

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The electric sedan was the recipient of a special army camouflage wrap with matching military-inspired graphics

Together with aftermarket company SS Customs, Tesla turned this particular Model S into a showpiece tribute to the military. The electric sedan was the recipient of a special army camouflage wrap with matching military-inspired graphics, like the army star on the two front doors and a unique interpretation of the U.S. flag on the rear fender. SS Customs also fitted the Model S with yellow-tinted headlights, alloy wheels with their own camouflage finish, and a custom roof rack carrying military equipment.

Interior

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A Tesla Model S dressed in army camouflage and driving semi-autonomously will surely invite a lot of attention.

There doesn’t appear to be any interior upgrades given to the Model S P85 Veterans Edition. So expect the standard premium cabin configuration that’s dominated by a 17-inch infotainment screen taking up the entire center stack.

Another new interior feature of the 2015 Model S is Autopilot technology, a semi-autonomous driving system that makes use of optical cameras and a 360-degree sonar. The system’s hardware is automatically included in the Model S but you’re going to need to buy the Tech Package to be able to maximize the system to its fullest capabilities. The Tech Package costs $4,250.

A Tesla Model S dressed in army camouflage and driving semi-autonomously will surely invite a lot of attention.

Drivetrain

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The Tesla Model S P85 Veterans Edition is based on the rear-wheel drive Model S Performance with the 85 kWh battery pack. This model has a total output of 470 horsepower, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 130 mph.

Prices

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The Tesla Model S P85 retails for $93,400 before the $7,500 federal tax incentive. In case you haven’t noticed, the Model S doesn’t come cheap.

Conclusion

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It’s an awesome gesture by Tesla, although it shouldn’t really come as a surprise for a company that has championed community service as one of its most important corporate initiatives.

Tesla’s salute to the military is a responsibility the company continues to take seriously. Remember, back in July 2014, Tesla VP of Human Resources, Arnnon Geshuri, told the San Jose Mercury News that the company wants to become a top employer for American veterans.

That’s a position the automaker didn’t have to take but did. Kudos to Tesla for being aware of all the sacrifices the men and women of the US Armed Forces continue to make to protect our freedom.

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    • One-off
    • Not for sale
    • No interior upgrades

Source: Tesla

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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