James May Thinks The Tesla Model S P100D Is The Greatest Muscle Car Ever

James May is a true rev-head through and through.

Not only has the British journalist been testing the finest petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles for decades, he also owns an enviable collection of motorcycles and cars. So, can the journalist be won over by the electric car to set hearts racing unlike any other before it, the Tesla Model S P100D?

May recently had the opportunity to sample the car in a video published on Drive Tribe. Much like his recent Honda Civic Type R review, this isn’t a particularly long video but does highlight most of the key aspects of the electric sedan.

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In terms of driving, The Grand Tour host is impressed, calling the Model S P100D “the greatest muscle car America has ever produced.” The Tesla certainly isn’t a muscle car in the traditional, gas-guzzling sense of the word but it does provide the straight-line performance once only achievable by supercars and muscle cars.

The interior isn’t quite as impressive. Many people love the minimalist design of the Model S’s cabin but like May, we also think it is a little too uninspiring for a vehicle of this price. Sure, it has an extremely good infotainment system but other than a huge screen, there’s nothing particularly impressive about the interior.

One interesting criticism May has of the Model S is its trunk. More specially, just how large it is. According to the journalist, no one needs as much trunk space as the Tesla offers and he thinks it would just encourage owners to carry things around they don’t need just because they have the room for it.


  • Bash

    No May. No.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Actually, he’s right.
      This is a drag strip monster that can’t turn, with a cheap interior: a PROPER muscle car.

      • Bash

        I agree. I changed my mind, it’s ok, right? lol

      • Blanka Li

        Actually, it turns just fine. And brakes really well. And of course the acceleration is wonderful. The interior is too damn blah, though, makes you feel like you’re in a glorified golf cart, not a muscle car. So if you want a soulless transport device and not a car, it’s perfect.

      • Can’t turn? The Model 3 beats the BMW M3 on track. What more do you guys need?

        • Yes, this! “Can’t turn”?? Are you kidding, or have you been hiding your head in the sand, not wanting to believe that an EV beats out virtually ALL of the gas guzzling competition? Wake up!

    • benT

      Is this guy actually the veritable, sacked Theresa May ?

  • Travis

    “Too much trunk space” is a pretty weird criticism. It would make sense if the car were large & bulky, driving like a boat, but it handles like a top-line sports car, so what negative impact does more trunk space make? None, except apparently for packrats.

    • TheBelltower

      It was his style of dry humor. You can never take May seriously.

      • Ah, that makes sense now. Sorry, it’s been a while since I’ve seen May on TV 😅

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