Tesla Model S is fast, and chic.
We drove last year’s model HERE.
See the Fuk
On first inspection, the big Tesla is a handsome, but unremarkable execu-hatch. The market is lousy with them. So, what makes the Model S special?
You open the doors and they feel as light as a feather. The frameless windows look like shards of glass from a MOMA sculpture.
Then, you’re inside, having gone through a portal to another world.
The cabin has a touch of Blake’s 7 about it. Carbon fibre and leather look like futuristic interpretations of 22nd century flying, because, that is what it is.
You can’t help but be swept away in an overwhelming wave of lust.
There is nothing to distract you from your experience. The seats look like delicately sculptured works of art. Even the door handles feel organic and are molded into the door itself rather than being glued on as an afterthought.
The only buttons are for windows, and the auxiliary controls on the steering wheel. Except for the hazard flashers and glove box buttons, the dash utterly bereft of anything to spoil the flowing lines which trace around the graceful cockpit.
There are no instruments either. There is a discrete LCD screen placed where the driver’s dials would once have been. A massive tablet stands guard, portrait-style, over a centre stack unsullied by clutter.
- Auto software updates
- Functions controlled by centre tablet and smart phone app.
- Smart cruise control with “auto pilot” driverless mode.
- Smart SatNav including directions to charging stations.
- Under floor batteries for low centre of gravity.
- Walk away locking
- Remote unlocking/start (from anywhere with phone access)
- Car can be recycled including batteries
- Ludicrous, Ludicrous PLUS, Sport, and Chill (new feature) driving modes
- Fully automated parking mode
- Summon mode (beta) operated from smart phone app.
Model S P100D $198,100
- 3 motor All-Wheel Drive
- Red Multi-Coat Paint $2,100
- Sunroof 2,800
- 21″ Sonic Carbon Twin Turbine Wheels $6,200
- Black Premium Included
- Carbon Fiber Included
- Dark Headliner Included
- Ludicrous Speed Upgrade Included (2 rear motors instead of 1)
- Tesla Red Brake Callipers Included
- High Power Charger Included
- Enhanced Autopilot $6,900
- Premium Upgrades Package Included
- Smart Air Suspension Included
- Premium Sound Included
- Subzero Weather Package Included
$216,100.00 ($196,454.55 + GST $19,645.45)
Luxury Car Tax $42,172
NSW Registration Costs $773
NSW CTP $512
NSW Stamp Duty $13,437
TOTAL PRICE* 272,994
- 3 electric motors, one front and two rear.
- Power/Torque – 521kw/1250Nm
- 1 Speed auto
- Electric gear selector
- Variable height Air suspension
- 0-100kph – 2.7 seconds
Model S is supple, sumptuous, and silky from the second the selector is pulled down. You start to move, in utter silence. The only sound from the outside is a discrete shhhhhhhhhh from the tyres. There is no oil, so no belts and pullies. There are no cylinders, so no petrol or sparks plugs? There are just two tiny electric motors (3 on the performance P100D models) attached to a gajillion laptop batteries.
It accounts for the hefty 2,400 kg weigh-in.
- 5 star (tested 2015)
- Auto Pilot and smart cruise control
- Lane Warning and active guidance
- Reversing camera
- Cross traffic warning
- Blind spot monitoring
- Vehicle safety monitoring.
- Emergency notifications
- GPS Vehicle tracking
- Remote acecess
- Handsome looks
- Subtle and elegant cabin design
- AWD with dual motors
Not So Good Bits
- Range anxiety towards end of charge
- Limited super chargers
- Some suspect shutlines
Driving a Tesla is a uniquely personal experience.
It can theoretically drive itself and only needs a change of legislation to make it legal.
Facts and Figures
Price: $198,100 ( $272,994 as tested – drive away)
Engine: 3 X 3-phase induction motors, Front + rear motor comb output up to 581kW, 1,250Nm
Transmission: 1 speed fixed gear
Safety: 5 star
Warranty: 8 year or 160,000 km and 8 year or unlimited km for battery/drivetrain
Alan Rating: 9/10