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Driving the Tesla Model S And Briefly

FREMONT, CA – It s been four years since announced plans to expand its line-up from a singular car to a four-door, five-seat sedan. In the the upstart automaker has grown its network, secured more revealed a crossover concept, and and converted the former NUMMI in Fremont, CA to begin production of the S.

And that s where we re at today, by a smattering of press, investors, and a of EV early adopters who ve plunked deposits and are finally taking of one of the first 10 full-size, fully U.S.-built sedans.

The road inception to production is a long and we ve covered the Model S extensively its announcement. But today, we finally get to it. Albeit for a very specific 7 to 9

In typical Tesla fashion, is a highly choreographed affair.

In Tesla fashion, this is a choreographed affair. Between arriving, investor briefings, the masses of journalists and photographers, and us, has been planned down to the – if not the second.

Which is why this is not a test of the Model S.


We can tell you it accelerates, stops and turns. It s got than enough shove to you up an on-ramp, an interior that s of carrying you and a few companions for an EPA-estimated 265 on a six-hour charge, and an infotainment that takes up more real-estate than a three-story row

What we can t tell you is what the S is like to commute in or what it s to cane through the twisting of Mount Hamilton. And more we re unable to put Tesla s range to the test.

But if our brief seat time is any Tesla hasn t just a functional, all-electric sedan – it s a luxury EV that can outpace and the stalwarts of the premium sports segment, while changing the of electric mobility.

It s also a hoot to drive.

If you need a on the Model S stats and features, yourself for the numerical barrage.

battery capacities are available: a 40 kWh a 60 kWh battery, or a range-topping 85 kWh of juice. is citing range figures of 160 for the low end, 40 kWh module and 230 miles for the 60 kWh The EPA just put out its own stats on the maxed-out 85 kWh and rates it at 265 miles on a single and a combined rating of 89 MPGe.

Until the EPA does its thing the other models, it s safe to the lesser packs will be around 10 percent less what Tesla is citing.

The discrepancy between each capacity is easy to calculate – with $49,900 (after the federal tax credit) and add $10k for upgraded pack, with the 85 kWh topping out at $69,900.

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No matter the spec, you re getting a Model S 362 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, and with the 17-inch, Nvidia-powered infotainment system, 19-inch and seating for five, or up to seven if you fit the and entirely daft hatch-mounted, seats.

The Model S Performance a high performance drive boosting output to 416 hp from to 8,600 RPM and 443 pound-feet of torque 0 to 5,100 revs, which with the upgraded tire and package is good for a 0-60 MPH run of 4.4 Along with the 85 kWh battery the Performance model also standard with Nappa interior, alcantara and carbon accents, a sport-tuned traction system that allows a amount of slip and an active air that goes from to sporty depending on the conditions. All for $84,900.

With a total tonnage of in excess of 4,000 pounds, the S drives surprisingly light on its

What we re driving today is the Performance model, one of 1,000 edition variants that been set aside for the earliest of s early adopters. While the base Signature edition the same high-range battery and air suspension, along with red paint, coke dealer white interior, and a claimed run of 5.6 seconds, the performance model with the same kit but commands a $97,900 for its exclusivity.

Acting like a proper electronics company, Tesla only be offering the topped-out 85 kWh at launch, with the 60 kWh pack this fall and the 40 kWh version in the winter.

Tesla s pre-planned, route covered short of urban and highway driving, with a few fast, sweeping that put the drivetrain, suspension and in its best light.

We make a left out of the former NUMMI and mat the throttle down a straight to a long, slightly on-camber hand turn. Acceleration in Performance model is beyond and the complete lack of any engine or noise feels odd as we re whisked in silence to over 90 MPH.

A lift off the accelerator and the regenerative comes on at full force, the Model S down to near 70 MPH we lightly dab the brake entering the

No need. The regen handles of the deceleration and we get back on the throttle to through at a few ticks over 60

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