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First Drive Tesla’s Model S electric is spectacular

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First Drive: Tesla’s S electric is spectacular

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no other way to put it: Tesla’s Model S sedan is spectacular.

The electric attributes go far beyond its claim to as the longest-range production electric EPA rated at 265 miles. (Tesla it will go 300 miles at a continuous 55 per hour.) Most electric can’t do much more 100 miles a charge, unless have backup gas engines, the Chevrolet Volt. Tesla has no

Driving the performance version in the around Tesla’s headquarters, of San Francisco, was exhilarating. The car is a flat-out joy to And you’ll want to run it flat-out. Tesla’s previous electric the Model S invites you to experience a of acceleration at every on-ramp or stretch of back roads. you do, you’ll get what seems an effortless push-you-back-in-the-seat thrill extends through the power

In the performance version, the Model S from zero to 60 miles per in 4.4 seconds (although top speed is 125 relatively modest by luxury-car But what’s even more is how it keeps going at a breakneck That’s important if you’re along at 60 mph and suddenly want to it up to 80 mph to pass.

The battery pack is into the floor, giving the S an absurdly low center of gravity. pays off when it comes to allowing the Model S to hold the

It wasn’t just the car’s that amazed us, although alone probably would done the trick. It’s the car

The exterior design by former designer Franz von Holzhausen is beautiful, the four-door coupe now linked to Audi A7 and Jaguar XJ. and out, there are little that impress everywhere from a big space between the seats where women can their purses to outside handles that are flush to the car they magically appear a hand brushes against There is no scrimping on materials in the

The dashboard is stitched leather and the pulls are sculpted aluminum.

as if every detail of the car became a of weeks-long deliberation. Case in Instead of a power port opens like a gas cap, on a Chevrolet Volt or Nissan the Model hides the port the left rear taillight. And you open it, it’s not only in LED lights, but you can tell how much the car is by how many of them are lit.


luxury doesn’t come The Tesla Model S starts at not counting the federal tax credit, for a version that has about the range as today’s electric By the time you get to the longest-range version all the extras, the signature performance you’re at $105,400. Initially, is only making the premium

The wait to buy a Tesla, if you plunked $5,000 deposit today, be for delivery next May.

are so many things to talk this car, it’s to know where to begin. try three:

Charging . Unlike electric cars where you to buy a home charger, and have it the Model S’ recharger is in. That saves a lot of money and although owners will want to have their electric systems upgraded to 240 Even with that, the version will take up to hours to recharge.

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The center screen . Tesla not only now has the monitor screen of any car, but about every control is now on it. The screen is 17 inches from top to bigger than two iPads. are only two buttons on the dashboard, with 80 or more in some cars. One opens the glove The other is for the four-way emergency required by law.

Through the touch-screen, you can perform about any function. And it shows displays, so it’s possible to navigation on the top, and show on the bottom. For now, drivers get full access to the Internet while they drive.

Drive On got in the car, the full version of USATODAY.com was being So for now, drivers or their can check for restaurants or anything while they drive. not sure how long this will last, though, federal regulators’ crackdown on driving.

Space . The car’s battery is stashed under the car, helps lower the center of and opens up a lot of otherwise wasted There is no hump down the There’s a trunk in front the engine would normally be.

And is storage behind the rear As for the large space between the seats, Tesla says creating an opportunity for buyers to how to use it themselves. There are two cup holders in and Tesla is developing a cup holder for the back seat, and there’s headroom in the back seat for people.

There are a few things we like, but they are minor. The window is so sloped that it distorted through the rear-view At first, it was confusing to figure out is the turn-signal stalk.

A quick drive doesn’t answer questions about the Model S, as the one that’s most important: is it like to live with a car needs to be plugged in at home day, or every other

All in all, the Model S makes us it is the electric car by which others be measured. The question is whether of luxury cars will consider it before buying a car.

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