2012 Tesla Motors Model S Review | Price | Interior | Exterior – PayPal founder Elon Musk’s next planned opus for his Tesla Motors electric-car company is a $57,400 electric luxury sedan to be built in Southern California. (You know Tesla, of course, from their Lotus-based Roadster.) According to the company, the Tesla Model S will have up to 300 miles of range, a 4900-pound curb weight, and expected acceleration to 60 mph of 5.6 seconds. After attending the unveiling, we can confirm that it wears the beguiling looks of a Jaguar XF doppelganger.
If all goes to plan a plan which includes an infusion of both government and private funds to the teetering company production of the Model S should begin in the third quarter of 2011. Musk says that no matter what happens, the Model S will go into production even if funding shortages prolong the launch date.
The Model S is a four-door sedan that the California electric carmaker Tesla plans to build beginning in 2011, presumably as a 2012 model, and says that it will be the “first mass-produced electric vehicle.”
Chief designer Franz Holzhausen terms his design “classic modernity” and we agree: this sedan gives up nothing in style to the most elegant luxury sedans with which it competes. Combining the elegance of a Maserati Quattroporte’s front end with wheels pushed to the corners and the muscular fastback of the Jag XF, this is finally an electric vehicle that doesn’t shout with a droll, utilitarian voice. The roof is comprised of two large sunroofs back to back, made almost entirely of smoke-tinted glass.
The interior looks to be an elegant, airy affair with high-quality leather and soft-touch surfaces, again matching the best luxury competition. Alas, the company went high-tech for the instrumentation that’s entirely digital. The analog facsimile gauges are bright and clear, everything is well laid out and visible, but without the tactile response of real switches and knobs the center stack will require the driver to look away from the road for all control inputs. A comprehensive voice recognition system will hopefully allay these concerns. A fascinating touch is electronics that communicate in real time with remote mechanics who will be able to diagnose and even repair some problems from afar.
Price of 2012 tesla motors model S Review :
Price of 2012 tesla motors model S Review – The anticipated base price of the Model S is $49,900 after a federal tax credit of $7,500. The company has not released options pricing. Three battery pack choices will offer a range of 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge.
But the anticipated sticker price doesn’t tell the full story. Model S costs half as much as a Roadster, and it’s a better value than much cheaper cars. The ownership cost of Model S, if you were to lease and then account for the much lower cost of electricity vs. gasoline at a likely future cost of $4 per gallon, is similar to a gasoline car with a sticker price of about $35,000. That’s why we’re positive this car will be the preferred choice of savvy consumers.
The standard Model S does 0-60 mph in under six seconds and will have an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph, with sport versions expected to achieve 0-60 mph acceleration well below five seconds. A single-speed gearbox delivers effortless acceleration and responsive handling. A 17-inch touchscreen with in-car 3G connectivity allows passengers to listen to Pandora Radio or consult Google Maps, or check their state of charge remotely from their iPhone or laptop. Source : thecarconnection.com, leftlanenews.com.