2013 Tesla Model S Review Car Reviews

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Tesla Model S

The future is now

FAST FACTS

1. The electric Model S is a luxury than can seat five, or thanks to a rear-facing jump

2. Like a choice of engine, different battery packs are including a 40 kWh pack with a 160 range, a 60 kWh pack with a 230 range and a 85 kWh with a 300 mile

3. The most powerful 85 kWh pack 362-hp and 325 lb-ft of torque for a time of 5.6 seconds, while a model ups output to 416-hp and 443 and a 0-60 time of just 4.4


4. Pricing starts at $49,900 and out at $84,900 after a $7,500 tax

Ready to write it off from the as a billionaire’s pet project, we tested the Roadster several years and it restored our faith in electric Not only did it have usable but it was also quick beyond and very entertaining to drive.

the Roadster is now the past. Production on that model last and so today we will look the future, to see if Tesla’s latest will excite us and convince us electric motoring is a viable alternative for a much larger of the population.

We caught up with Tesla and its new S zero-emissions luxury sedan the brand’s tour across the dedicated to showcasing its products to clients and the automotive press.

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This product differs a lot from the Roadster, because of all, it has its own chassis – not one borrowed Lotus. The chassis is question was by Huibert Mees, who’s credits include the Ford GT

And with their own chassis, could now design the car to look the way want it to, rather than modify the styling of an existing To execute that part of the Tesla hired Franz Von who used to design Mazdas for a

SPACIOUS, FUNCTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL

So the new car has its own and styling, and also unlike the the Model S is a practical family Actually, call it a family because the trunk-lid and rear-glass are underneath which you can either a large cargo area, or the rear-facing jump-seats to carry two

Otherwise the spacious cabin can seat five people, and in this electric car the battery and are neatly tucked underneath the under the hood you’ll find more cargo

So the Model S is a practical design, but it is attractive. Seeing it in person, we not find a single awkward to this design. True, the is reminiscent of the Jaguar XF, though not a bad thing – especially when the S looks better.

Open the (procedure: press on the flush door handles, which pop out automatically and then pull on and you’re greeted by one of the nicest, interior designs and layouts ever see. It’s a concept car interior, only built.

A COMPUTER ON WHEELS

If the of a fully electric luxury doesn’t sound futuristic to you, the 17-inch touchscreen looks like what you expect from a car in the distant This multi-function screen a lot like an Apple iPad but was and built by Tesla. It controls in the car from the audio system, to to surfing the net, to climate It even unlocks the doors, trunk and releases the flap opens its charge port.

this unit pretty controls almost everything need to do in this car, hope it doesn’t break

Thankfully, the power windows and mirrors are controlled through switches, which would be to anyone who owns a current Since M-B has bought shares in the two firms will benefit each other’s technology and

A SERIOUSLY ELECTRIC DRIVE

about the switches, time to go for a Unlike any other car we have come across, the Model S not start with twisting a key or a button. All you have to do is sit in the driver’s with the key fob in your pocket and the car alive.

To get moving, just put foot on the brake pedal and drive through a steering mounted lever also from Mercedes.

Release the and off you go. This car moves away so you’d really have to about pedestrians, because certainly wouldn’t hear you

Step on the gas, sorry, and the car picks up speed quickly and

Just how quick will on the model you choose. Tesla be offering the Model S with different battery packs, and two The base car will have a 40 kWh and should be good for a 160 mile on a full charge. One step up get you in the 60 kWh battery, and now your total will be 230 miles.

While has some performance figures for models, they haven’t any power ratings for these two so we won’t go into much on these models at this

Tesla Model S

Power ratings are, available for the two models that with the 85 kWh battery pack. The 85 kWh model produces 362-hp and of torque. This model can from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 and top out at 125 mph.

If you want to go even you can opt for the Model S Performance. This produces some extra thanks to its tweaked motor. output is 416-hp and 443 lb-ft of with a 0-60 mph run of just 4.4 and a limited top speed of 130 mph.

the performance difference, Tesla both models will a 300-mile range on a full which if it’s correct is impressive indeed. All models roughly four to five to fully charge from a outlet.

On all models power is fed to the wheels via a single speed with just one electric mounted between the rear So yes, this is a mid-engined The liquid cooled battery is in the floor, to keep the center of low, which is designed to handling.

The version we drove was the 85 kWh model and trust us on this, it was quick enough. We could tire of punching the accelerator and the car instantly pick up speed. one corner, it even did a slight proving you can still burn in a green machine – just tell the environmentalists.

COMFORTABLE AND DYNAMIC

As for the ride and it proved to be much better in area than we expected. The old rode like a skateboard, the S glides over even surfaces, and yet when you throw it corners, it handles very Honestly, Tesla has worked on sorting this car out and it shows.

is a luxury family car that is fun to We hope to get behind the wheel of the version in the future to see how the extra feel.

Our drive time was but it gave a good indication for the Tesla Model S is all about, and the pressure and setbacks the company has in recent years, they’ve an admirable job.

The Model S has gone on sale. The first being built are what call the Signature Series. All cars have the 85 kWh battery, and you can between the regular or Performance

Pricing for these models is for the regular and $97,900 for the Performance after the $7,500 Federal tax

Once production is at full the other models will production. The base 40 kWh version be priced at $49,900, the 60 kWh at $59,900, the 85 kWh at and the Performance at $84,900. All these are also after the $7,500 tax credit.

THE VERDICT

So how do we sum up the Model S? It looks and has a wonderful, spacious and high-tech The car drives and handles well, and to offer usable range. If it reliably and covers the distance it is to be able to cover, then has a serious winner on its hands will attract plenty of new to the electric car fold.

This not just be the future of the electric The Tesla Model S could be the of the American auto industry.

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