You won't get the electric blues with 2014 Tesla Model S
THIS week, we will be looking at one of the first electric sports sedans in the world.
I present to you the 2014 Tesla Model S.
Tesla Motors aren't very well known in the Australian car community.
They are a California-based company who first gained the attention of the public when they released the Tesla Roadster, the first fully electric sports car.
The car was capable of 0-100 kilometres per hour in just 3.7 seconds, faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, while not producing any emissions.
Tesla first came to Australia a couple of years back bringing only a few Roadster models for customers to buy, but now they are back with the Model S.
The model is offered in three different variants, and the model I'm featuring today is the P85.
Due to the weight of the batteries, this particular model has a kerb weight of about 2108 kilograms, which is actually quite heavy.
The batteries are situated low in the car to keep the centre of gravity low, and they are evenly spread out to provide an almost perfect 50/50 weight ratio.
Despite its weight, the P85+ version of the Model S that I am featuring today is capable of launching from 0-100kmh in a blistering 4.4 seconds.
That's almost as fast as the BMW M5, which features a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8.
The top speed of the Model S P85 is limited to 200 kilometres per hour (124 miles per hour).
Another cool feature about the Model S is the huge 43cm touch-screen mounted in the dash.
This screen controls everything from the radio to the air conditioning and everything in between. You can even use the whole screen as a massive navigation system.
This particular model is also equipped with the Performance Plus package, which is an add-on to the standard P85 model. This package adds a new suspension setup, a carbon fibre spoiler, Tesla Red brake calipers, upgraded stabiliser bars, wider rear tires, and an extra 10-20 kilometres of range is added to the already impressive 502 kilometre range.
Depending on where you are located in Australia, the 2014 Tesla Model S P85 starts from $141,444 to $150,205.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com