5th September 2013
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Tesla Model S is emissions-free burnout machine after pulling fuses

Add one more feather to the proverbial cap of the Tesla Model S. Road & Track West Coast Editor Jason Cammisa figured out how to make the electric luxury sedan extra frisky and then set about nuking the rear tires with electric-motor torque. 'Holy hell there's a lot of torque here,' Cammisa wrote in his notes after pulling a fuse that took the ABS, stability control and traction control offline. That fuse also took out the ...
28th August 2013
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Jay Leno burns rubber in Tesla Model S

Jay Leno has a pretty big soft spot for alternative-fuel vehicles. From his steam-powered relics to his beloved Chevrolet Volt, the comedian's automotive interests are nothing if not varied. In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen stops by the Big Dog Garage to show off his company's new Model S. Jay gets a closer look at the five-door EV's interesting touchscreen controls, expansive moonroof and yes, even the ...
23rd August 2013
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Motor Trend suggests Tesla Model S may be most important new car since Ford Model T

'It may very well be the most important new car since the Model T.' That's the summation of the latest video from Motor Trend and its Ignition video series, speaking of the Tesla Model S. Though the buff site had previously released a video featuring a range-testing excursion from LA-to-Vegas (and back), this time its cameras were out to capture whether it proves its worth as a car. For MT's Carlos Lago, the criteria involved in the ...
12th August 2013
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Tesla Model S finally has its date with a dyno

The performance abilities – and even the burnout potential – of the Tesla Model S has already been well documented, but, surprisingly, we haven't yet seen the all-electric luxury hatchback strapped to a dyno. Fortunately, the crew over at Dragtimes has posted a video that finally gave us some real-world numbers for the family- and environmentally friendly Tesla. As the article points out, the results might be off a little (on the low side) due to ...
31st July 2013
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Consumer Reports weighs in with its first Tesla Model S review

Everyone has been chiming in with their thoughts on the Tesla Model S lately, and with the car taking home awards like the prestigious Motor Trend Car of the Year, this probably won't change anytime soon. Not wanting to be left in the dark, Consumer Reports has managed to get its hands on a Model S to give its own impressions of the luxurious electric hatchback. Like many other outlets (including our own first drive), CR ...
23rd July 2013
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Watch Wired go hands-on with Tesla Model S 4.0

Our friends at Wired recently got their hands on the latest software release for the Tesla Model S. The 4.0 release adds a few interesting bits of functionality to the EV, including voice control for the navigation and telephone systems as well as Slacker Radio. Tesla employed Google voice-recognition software for the Model S, and Wired says the system is 'far easier and more intuitive than most.' High praise. The update also adds another level of ...
23rd July 2013
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Video: Tesla Model S Performance Dyno Tested

Watch on YouTube Is not every day that you have the chance to see an electric car tested on a dyno machine, but the guys over Dragtimes were the first ones to have the Tesla Model S Performance tested on dyno – as far as we know.The end result is a pretty monstrous 388 horsepower at the rear wheels. The factory-stated horsepower is ...
22nd July 2013
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How many kindergarteners can you fit in a Tesla Model S?

Details on where and when this video of a gaggle of kindergarteners packing themselves into a Tesla Model S was shot are slim – we think Phoenix, AZ, based the license plate and this Tesla Motors Club post. Of course, all of that is kind of secondary compared to the obvious fun these kids are having. It's not a record-setting effort, which is why there's so much room left over – it's more of a ...
15th July 2013
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Tesla Model S Performance Becomes the Quickest Production Electric Car

Watch on YouTube Have you ever noticed that the most impressive tests aren’t being made by the automaker itself? For example, Tesla never published enough information to show us what a truly amazing car the Model S Performance is. The folks over at DragTimes.com, however, put it to an extreme test at the Palm Beach International Raceway.The result was pretty astounding, as it ...
10th July 2013
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Tesla Model S vs Chevy Volt drag race ends exactly how you think it will

It may have a sliver of Chevrolet muscle car heritage, but the plug-in hybrid Volt didn't stand a chance of beating the Tesla Model S in a recent quarter-mile race. As you can see in the video below, shown recently on That Racing Channel, the Model S took the lead in the race right away, hitting the finish line in 12.562 seconds at 108.34 miles per hour. The Volt took a leisurely 17.201 seconds and only ...