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Tesla Model S first the sports sedan goes (update: video)

It’s no that we have a few automobile in our midst here at Engadget, and pretty sure there are in the audience as well — you who you are. Still, you don’t to be a car nut to appreciate all the innovation and technology gone into Tesla sophomore vehicle — the S electric sedan. So strap in and hold on to your kneecaps: about to ride along us as we drive the Model S for the very time. Excited?

We are too — hit the for our first drive video and

Tesla Model S drive


It’s been a long for the Model S — from the teasers all the way to today’s press at the Tesla factory here in California. We’re no strangers to the sedan, having spent quality time with it the way, but never behind the — until now.

As a refresher, the Model S is a full-sized four-door sportback with a aluminum body. It’s in four trim levels three battery capacities 40, 60 and 85kWh for a range of 160, 230 and 320 respectively. A 350hp AC induction drives the rear wheels a 130mph top speed and 4.4-second time (on the performance model). The batteries are liquid cooled and in a 4-inch thick slab covers the entire floor pan of the car for a low of gravity and a near 50-50 distribution.

A 10kW on-board is standard, with a second charger available as an option. most electric vehicles in the US, the Model S lacks the standard power connector and uses Universal Mobile Connector to enable faster charging (up to 62 of range per hour of charge). An air suspension is available as an option wheels choices are 19 or 21-inches.

Inside the Model S you’re to all the luxury amenities and safety (eight airbags) that expect from a premium — there’s even an panoramic sunroof and twin jump seats for children with 5-point harnesses). the interior’s centerpiece is the 17-inch touchscreen that controls aspect of the car, from the system to the climate control. A LCD is used as the instrument panel.

display is powered by Tesla’s own OS on a Tegra 3 SoC — both communicate via Ethernet and a gateway an interface with the vehicle’s

So what’s it like to drive the S? In a word: amazing. There’s no doubt that this is a car. It inherits most of the performance DNA but wraps it in a significantly practical and comfortable package. We the performance model with the sunroof. Handling is impressive for a that weighs in a bit over — thanks in great to the low center of gravity, near weight distribution and active air

Body roll is kept under control and there’s a amount of grip from the summer tires. The Model S is nimble for such a large and automobile, and it doesn’t sacrifice quality for the sake of dynamics it handled rough roads composure and just the right of stiffness.

Acceleration is where the S shines. The electric motor out gobs of linear, head-snapping quickly propelling you past the limit — you’ve warned. A pleasant, muted accompanies the experience and serves as a that you’re driving the

Unlike cars like the Focus Electric and the Toyota plug-in hybrid. the Model S a similar strategy to BMW’s when it comes to regenerative Instead of being triggered by the pedal, it only kicks in you lift off the accelerator. As such, a lot like driving a manual stuck in second gear and engine braking to slow

Where the ActiveE will the brake lights on as soon as you let go of the the Model S relies on accelerometer to warn the vehicles behind you clever.

Behind the wheel, The S feels much smaller it is. Driving position and visibility are although once everything was to our liking we found that the wheel was interfering with our and egress a little — again, there wasn’t time to adjust everything right. Speaking of which, the wheel is nice and meaty.

It just the right amount of and effort for spirited driving, but a bit short in terms of feedback, many other modern steering systems. The brakes are and linear, with decent feel — we were to modulate them and avoid the ABS during hard braking. The is pretty quiet although we did a little bit of wind noise from the driver-side frameless in our test car.

Road noise was not an issue.

there wasn’t much to play with the Tegra infotainment system and its massive capacitive display. We’re to report that it’s to read in direct sunlight and too distracting — ditto the panel. While we appreciate having a touchscreen allows to tweak the user interface in there’s no haptic feedback, and still much prefer good ole hardware knobs and for the main controls.

At least the S also features standard wheel-mounted controls. We managed to Engadget in the web browser of one of the display using the built-in 3G connection it took a bit of time to load but nice once it was done.

If the S represents the future of the automobile, us up. Sure, with prices at $49,900 in base trim and upwards of $97,900 fully it’s beyond the means of That being said, only a matter of time Tesla brings the technology in the Model S into the mainstream.

Hopefully the infrastructure will grown by then as well Tesla’s already working on DC compatible with the Model S and of recharging its batteries at a rate of 300 of range per hour of charge. For now vehicle proves that it comes to electric cars, possible to have your and eat it too.

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