As electric vehicles become the new normal in a world that is rapidly changing. Tesla seems to lead the pack with the model S that reached an amazing 646 KM. In this post I’ll be reviewing what the model S did and did not do right.
When the Tesla model S was first launched in 2012 it could deliver only 242-miles (389km) on a single charge. But over the years the model S has risen above that. Thanks to improvement in battery tech for Electric vehicles and further refinement on the part of Tesla.
The Model S features a standard air suspension that makes the ride a very comfy one, but this is flawed by an attractive but low quality interior trim. But again this is a Tesla and not a Japanese sedan.
The Model S is really stunning in terms of performance, with the base trim capable of reaching 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. And if you are after performance you could add an extra $20,000 for the performance model that hits 60 mph in 2.3 seconds.
These numbers used to be reserved for supercars, and is pretty good value for money since the performance trim does not hit the six figure mark. The estimated range of 646 km is another bonus for the model S although real world range sometimes differ from Tesla’s estimates
The Model S is powered by a 100-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and two electric motors. This propels the Model S to be among the fastest accelerating car you can buy.
Though the model S, is being rivaled by the Porsche Taycan, Tesla may be able to keep the lead. The Taycan doesn’t offer as much range and isn’t as quick.
With an electric motor dedicated to each of the front and rear axles, the Model S offers full-time all-wheel drive no matter the trim you choose
Exterior and Safety
The Model S safety features are standard. Its Autopilot feature uses four cameras and about a dozen sensors to improve safety this feature integrates with adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist to help the car maintain a set speed and distance from other cars, as well as remain planted on its lane on the highway.
Other standard safety features of the model S include, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot monitoring.
The Model S exterior is very stylish, Tesla reworked the entire concept to achieve speed and a longer range. Though some may consider this fast sedan plain. The sleekness and sophistication it came with when it debuted nearly ten years ago is still appealing.
Tesla maintains its sliver front grille, and a rear that does not have an exhaust is finished off superbly, fitting in smoothly with its overall design.
The model S is now finally beginning to look more like a sedan than a hatchback successfully making up for its lack of a traditional trunk.
The Front features a set of LED headlights, fog lights, auto-dimming and power -folding heated side mirrors. The wheels are a set of standard 19-inch wheels with the option to go all the way to 21 inches.
Interior and Infotainment
Since the model S has a starting price of $76,000, it is only fair that car owners expect a level of comfort, but as I had highlighted earlier the interior seems to be Tesla’s letdown.
The interior panels are poorly aligned and the overall finish is not comparable to Japanese and German counterparts.
It features a minimal dashboard, with a large display screen, taking center stage, giving you the fell of something straight out of a sci-fi movie. The downside though is that drivers may find stretching to reach the top right corner stressful.
You also get a set of 12-way power-adjustable, heated seats throughout the cabin. The driver gets memory and driver profile a heated steering wheel, as well as additional luxuries such as HomeLink, keyless entry, and a high-definition reverse camera.
The car comfortably seats 5 people
Wrap up and Specs
In all the Model S fits its description as sports sedan, excelling in performance, range and power. one thing though which could be improved upon is the interior.
The Model S also lacks standard Apple carPlay and Android Auto Integration.
Drivetrain: All wheel Drive (AWD)
Combined MPG: 111
Transmission: Direct one speed drive