New for 2013, the Tesla Model S is a RWD, full-size, electric fastback sports sedan powered by an AC permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor with only one moving part (the rotor). The standard Model S produces 362 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, for a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Upgrade to the sport-tuned Model S and performance jumps to 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, for a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds. Both models use a single speed transmission and are rated as zero emission vehicles. Owners have the option of charging their vehicle using a standard 120-volt wall outlet or 240-volt outlet that, when charged using a Tesla Supercharger, can bring about 50% battery life in just 30 minutes. A full charge has a range of 208 - 265 miles, depending on the battery (60 kWh vs. 85 kWh). Features include driver seat detection for start/stop functionality, backup camera, dual zone automatic climate control, navigation system, internet browser, 5+2 seating, advanced multi-media system, and hands-free phone capabilities. Safety is comprised of eight airbags and advanced positioning/crash sensors. The Tesla S is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty (8-year/125,000-mile warranty for the battery).Read more Read less
The Tesla Model S is an all new model for 2013. It follows the Roadster as the second car built by all-electric-vehicle manufacturer, Tesla. While the roadster was strictly a two seat toy, the Model S is a "do everything" sports sedan, with great range and performance car-like acceleration. In many ways the Tesla Roadster was a proof of concept where the Model S is the finished concept. Tesla is showing the world the full potential of the electric car.
All electric drivetrain luxurious interior with plenty of space, great performance, good looks
The problem with electric vehicles has always been range. Tesla has dealt with this by employing bigger and better batteries in the Model S than have previously been seen in electric vehicles. Even with the smallest batteries in its most basic trim, Tesla still claims a 200+ mile range for the Model S, easily besting the range of any of its potential competitors. Beyond the drivetrain though, the Model S is a competent luxury car. There is lots of room both inside the passenger cabin and in the trunk, making the Model S both spacious and practical. The car can even be fitted with a pair of rear facing jump seats pushing the seating total up to seven. Model S ownership starts at around $62,000, making it comparable to many European large luxury sedans, and while the Model S matches most of these sedans in terms of luxury and performance, it offers other benefits they can't hope to match.