2013 Tesla Model S

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The 2013 Tesla Model S is the first premium electric sedan. Model S offers the agility and responsiveness expected from a sports cars while providing the ride quality of a sedan. Price of the 2013 Tesla Model S ranges from $61,070 – $96,070.

The 2013 Tesla Model S comes standard with everything needed to plug into the most common 240-volt outlet, standard 120-volt wall outlets, and public stations. Using a high-amperage 240-volt outlet, Model S can be recharged at the rate of 100 km range per hour.

 

With a rigid body structure, the sculpted form of the 2013 Tesla Model S expresses a constant state of speed and motion. The Model S body is a state-of-the-art, aluminum-intensive design. Straight double-octagonal rails run along the bottom of the structure and are designed to absorb the energy of an impact. For the interior, Tesla has combined meticulous noise engineering with quiet powertrain to obtain the sound dynamics of a recording studio. The 17” touchscreen puts rich content at the drivers fingertips and provides mobile connectivity.

2013 Tesla Model S Specs Include:

  • Model S is offered with three battery options
  • 0 to 100 km/h: 4.4  seconds
  • Top Speed: 210 km/h
  • Tailpipe Emissions: 0
  • Horsepower: 416

The suspension system of the 2013 Tesla Model S works in harmony with the light and rigid Tesla platform to provide precision handling and comfort. The lightweight front suspension optimizes wheel control. The rear multi-link suspension is designed to seamlessly integrate with the powertrain. The proven Tesla powertrain delivers both an unprecedented range and an exciting drive experience. Model S Traction Control is designed to ensure maximum contact between the road and the tires. Approximately 20,000 2013 Tesla Model S cars will be produced in 2013.

Consumer Reports is calling the Tesla Model S the best car it has ever tested. The Model S, an all-electric plug-in car, earned a score of 99 out of a possible 100 in the magazine’s tests. – CNN, May 9, 2013

Tesla Roadster 2.5

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With a price range of 109,000–$128,500, the Tesla Roadster 2.5 might seem out of reach for the average lover of fast cars. Consider though, that this all-electric beauty can accelerate from zero to 60mph in under four seconds, and combines the performance of a Porsche 911 with the environmental consciousness of the Nissan Leaf. Then remember it’s built in limited numbers, for only the most demanding customers.

 

Tesla doesn’t designate their cars with model years, so the 2011 version of their all-electric performance roadster, which was designed to compete with the Audi R8 among others, is merely referred to as the Tesla Roadster 2.5. But who needs a model year to distinguish a car that an travel almost 250 miles on a single charge of it’s all-electric, zero emissions drivetrain and takes only 3.5 hours to recharge its lithium-ion batteries for the next leg of a trip?

The car itself is comparable in size to the Lotus Elise, which makes sense since Lotus actually builds the Tesla chassis. Size aside, however, the carbon-fiber body sports LED taillights, and a finned hood, a soft top that is removable but can be replaced with a carbon-fiber hardtop, and a combination of 16-inch front wheels and 17-inch wheels in the back. In the sport model, those wheels are finished in a darker color.

Inside the Roadster 2.5 you’ll find a slight change from the former minimalism of the first version. Last year the a/c controls were moved to a more expected position below the sterio system, though you’ll still find that instead of a conventional gear shift there are buttons for Park, Neutral, Drive, and Reverse mounted in the center console. New for this year is an Infotainment seven-inch touch-screen navigation system, a 400 watt stereo with HD and Sirius radio, Bluetooth compatibility and the option for a backup camera.

The new seats are still leather and still heated, but now there’s better lumbar support and the bolsters are more supportive. An iPod jack is standard, and for a price you can wrap the entire interior leather, instead of just the seats. Conversely, if you’re anti-cowhide, you can opt for microfiber seats instead.

The Roadster 2.5 is powered by an air-cooled all-electric power system that offers the equivalent of 288 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque in the base version and 295 pounds-feet of torque if you opt for the Sport trim. Acceleration is boosted by peak torque being available from zero rpm. The wheels are driven via a fixed gear, and, when decelerating, the motor can help recharge the battery pack, which, in turn, has a 6,831-cell lithium-ion battery that weighs almost a thousand pounds. Tesla says the battery will last for five years or 100,000 miles.

While the Tesla’s optimal charge comes from a home charging station, there is an optional plug that will allow it to charge from a regular 120-volt outlet, though it may take longer than the advertised 3.5 hours.

If there’s one area where the Roadster is a bit under-served, it’s in safety features. It has all-disc antilock brakes and traction control, as well as dual front airbags, but no side airbags at all, and no stability control, either.