Saturday Drive 2012 Tesla Model S Los Angeles Times

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TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

Saturday Drive: 2012 Model S

Start off your of motoring with a quick on something fast, fun, or weird that’s recently our attention in the automotive world.

The Tesla Model S

The speed: mph in 5.6 seconds

The bragging rights: first all-electric luxury (though it’s technically a

The price: Between $57,400 and without options and before any or state tax credits. As tested: (estimated).

The details: The first of the Model SÂ’ vehicles are finally to roll into owners’ after several years of customer deposits and partnerships the likes of Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. is the first vehicle the Silicon company has built from the up; its first car was the all-electric, two-seat that was loosely based on the Elise and is no longer in production. The recently announced a third the Model X crossover, which is to land in customer hands in


Tesla says it expects to 5,000 Model S cars year and an ambitious 20,000 in

The Model S is an all-electric vehicle by one of three battery choices. A model with a 40 kWh battery and a range of 160 miles will be this winter for $57,400. expected to hit 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Its battery has an eight-year, 100,000-mile and the rest of the car (as is the case with all SÂ’ vehicles) has a four-year, 50,000-mile

An additional $10,000 will get you an 230-mile range and a 5.9-second time from a 60 kWh battery. It be available this fall and the warranty jumps to 125,000 Horsepower and torque figures for and the base model have yet to be

Finally, for $77,400, you can the model we It comes with an 85 kWh battery good for an EPA-estimated 265 miles says it wiÂ’ll get 300 miles on one and a 5.6-second 0-60 time. comes in at 362 horses and 325 pound-feet of and thereÂ’’s unlimited mileage on the warranty.

TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

If you have $15,000 more around (and frankly, who these days?), Tesla grant you a performance variant of top-end model. It uses the battery but swaps in a more inverter, netting in the process 416 and 443 pound-feet of torque and a scant time of 4.4 seconds. This also comes standard the Tech package (HD backup LED foglights, turn-by-turn navigation, liftgate and Xenon lights) runs $3,750 on other and an upgraded sound system and an air suspension.

(Note that all the availability dates are for customers who already put down a fully $5,000 deposit. Tesla if you were to walk into a today and order a Model S, you expect to get it in your grubby paws next May. all prices mentioned do not include any or federal tax incentives or rebates.

And no, we’re not going to fall the rabbit hole of how many of tax dollars did or did not go to Tesla and why that is or is not a waste of your money. here to drive, people, not to

All versions come with a charging unit that can use a 240v or public charging which Tesla says can fully the batteries in six to 10 hours. The says a home charging will run buyers about and will recharge the batteries empty to full in less four hours. Finally, says it is working to build supercharging stations along interstates where it has a high of customers.

The company says these will give owners a 50% in 30 minutes, though this isn’t recommended for regular use it affects the long-term storage of the batteries.

The Model S is pegged as a luxury car, in line something like a BMW 5-Series, and its backs this up. Five fit comfortably inside, with the benefit of a flat floor in the seats so the middle passenger has of legroom. A pair of rear-facing kid are a $1,500 option for the car’s (remember, it’s a hatcback, so precious cargo has a view out the

And air to breath). Because the Model S is it also has the benefit of a second, trunk in the front of the car (where of our gas-burning hogs keep engines), which Tesla calls the Frunk.

TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

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