Tesla Model S Tested

Tesla Model S P85 driving 1 photo
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Peering into the future has always been a dangerous job, but, obviously, somebody has to do it. Well, when it comes to the future of motoring, that role has been assumed by Tesla Motors and we’ve recently took their Model S for an all-electric spin.
Slotted within the performance sedan segment, our test car was a Model S P85, the quickest of the lot. When you quarter mile time sits close to that of a BMW M5, but you’re saving the planet in the process, you do deserve attention.

And in return for our focus, the Model S is currently treating us with its pleasing directness. Tesla’s creation instantly responds to our inputs, as if it relied on thought command.

Presently we are roaming the city and, thanks to its responsiveness, the Tesla Model S proves superior to ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS or Porsche Panamera.

This electric vehicle almost treats occupants and pedestrians alike - while the Model S doesn’t have a voice, the in-cabin experience is also very silent. Where the Tesla Roadster whined, the Model S keeps quiet, pushing its way through the bends with ease.

Driven up to eight tenths, the Model S P85 can cater to many roles. A family vehicle, a driver’s car, this Tesla performs rather nicely. In fact, your dear ones will not even suspect you’re having fun behind the wheel.

Okay, if you are going to use the Model S’ electric surge, they will notice it. Mash the throttle and the 4647 lbs (2108 kg) sedan launches itself towards the horizon in an amazing manner. Mind you, the magic lasts about two seconds. Subsequently, the Model S settles into a progress that’s less amazing, but still pleasing. After all, the electric motor, which develops 416 hp and 443 lb-ft (601 Nm) of torque, works with a 9.73:1 fixed reduction ratio and there’s only so much it can do.

As for the twisty part of the trip, Tesla’s Model S shows nice grip, especially on the optional 21-inch wheels shod in performance rubber. Alas, when you take it past the aforementioned stage, you feel the car’s average power delivery hardware. If not a torque vectoring function, at least a more intelligent diff would’ve been appreciated.

Like Disneyland, the Model S is nice, but overrated. For the “whys” and “hows” following this, you can check out our Tesla Model S review.
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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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