Motor Trend Drives 2012 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan...and Likes It

By Jacob Brown | June 26, 2012
Let's answer the biggest question an inquisitive Tesla enthusiast may have: Yes, the all-new electric sedan you see before you is a 2012 model, not a 2013. We assume the first Tesla Model S Signature Series cars will be marked for this model year. The other, more standard models will come out as 2013 models. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, it's time to mention what our sister publication Motor Trend thought about the new electric sedan. While most publications had just 10 minutes behind the wheel of the Model S, Motor Trend had an extended hour and an half to test the car. Motor Trend came away from the experience believing the Model S was on the right track to not only stake a claim for a piece of the future of the automotive industry, but also as a company that has the potential to become one of the best automakers in the world. Bold claim, we know. But when Tesla founder Elon Musk isn't reinventing the electric car, he's firing the first private-sector rockets up to connect with the International Space Station. If the guy can send a rocket into space, can entering the world's most competitive industry and being successful at it really be that lofty of an endeavor?
Driving the top-range, Tesla Model S Signature Series with an 85-kilowatt-hour battery back, the luxury sedan has an EPA-estimated range of 265 miles. Tesla also projects it can hit 60 mph in a Porsche-embarrassing 4.4 seconds. If there's a downside, it might be the price. Although it starts at around $57,000 for a 40-kilowatt-hour base model, the Signature Series starts at $96,570 and can push above $100,000 before tax credits. The 40-kilowatt-hour battery pack is good for an estimated 140-mile driving range. So far, signs look good that Tesla's hit at least a triple. While Motor Trend has gotten to drive it, we'll reserve our judgment on the car until we get some free-range time behind the wheel. For the magazine's full impressions, follow the link below. Source: Motor Trend