2013 Tesla Model S

2013 Tesla Model S Think of a four-door luxury sedan that seats seven. Now, think of 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds. Is it the same image? It would be if you were thinking of the 2013 Tesla Model S.

Tesla has capitalized on electric drive opportunities, reducing the drag coefficient to an astounding .24. With the flat pack battery between the front and rear wheels, the underside of the car is almost flat, providing enhanced aerodynamics and the benefits of a lowered centre of gravity. Without the need to cool a combustion engine, the front grill openings have been significantly reduced.

The overall design of the car is classy and sleek, blending in with higher-end Jaguar and Audi models. 19-inch wheels, with an option for 21-inch, LED running and tail lights and an optional all-glass panoramic roof extend the luxury sport look.

The electric drive motor is located between the rear wheels, leaving the area under the hood as 5.3 cu ft (99 litres) of usable cargo space. The compact motor doesn't impact conventional storage space. With the rear seats up/down, there is 26.3 cu ft (744 L) / 58.1 cu ft (1,645 L).

The interior of the 2013 Tesla Model S is elegant, with the most striking feature being the center console, where all controls and on-board navigation are managed through a massive 17-inch touch-screen display. Drivers can adjust cabin temperature, audio, ride height, and more. With the large screen and highly intuitive design, the buttons and features are easy to read and operate. Passenger and driver space is comfortable, with ample room in the front and sufficient legroom in the back. Seating for two children behind the second row is a unique passenger option in this class of car.

The 2103 Tesla Model S is offered in four configurations, with three battery / engine options for the Model S and an enhanced package for the Model S Performance. The entry-level 40 kWh model with a 235 hp (175 kW) motor and 257 km range is priced at $64,500 and will be available in the spring of 2013. All other models are currently in production. The 60 kWh version is priced at $75,200, includes a 302 hp 225kW) motor and has a range of 370 km. The 85 kWh model is priced at $85,900, comes with a 362 hp 270 kW) motor and 483 km range. All models include the onboard charger supporting 110 and 240 volt and the 90 kW Tesla Superchargers.

The Tesla Model S Performance version includes the 85 kWh battery pack and a few extras. With the 416 hp (310 kW) motor, this car can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 209 km/h. US pricing is $87,400, but all reserves are sold out.

The accolades and positive reviews from all manner of automotive journalists and enthusiasts are overwhelming. This car absolutely smashes the beliefs about electric cars being slow, short-ranged and generally un-cool.

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