The guys who created PayPal have since moved onto other projects after making millions from the email payments company, with Elon Husk deciding to go into the electric car business, with the 2015 Tesla Model S his company’s first release. With a two tonne aluminium body structure fitted onto 21-inch wheels, the new 2015 Tesla Model S has seemingly come from no where to be a very a serious player in the world of electric cars. Let’s take a closer look at what it offers.
A Car That Feels Right
Performance wise, the guys over at Tesla HQ have got things pretty much spot on with their new 2015 Tesla Model S. Driving one of these reminds you of an old BMW; you feel relaxed, prestigious and suave. Privileged. It feels right. It’s a saloon that, thanks to some excellent engineering, manages to avoid the kind of noise and vibration you’d expect from its engine setup. Perhaps this is down to its acceleration, with the 2015 Tesla Model S managing to get to 60mph from rest in just 4.7 seconds, feeling all the time like a super-saloon, and bettering the Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG’s numbers in 2011.
Ride and handling is probably one of the only things the new 2015 Tesla Model S doesn’t excel in, but both are still pretty good. And one thing you have to keep bearing in mind is that this is the brand’s first real car. And when you think about it, the major selling point of the 2015 Tesla Model S is not how it handles anyway, so good handling is pretty much a lovely bonus. If you push it, the chassis will keep soldiering on, whilst the air suspension tackles British roads as best as it can. You’ll feel a few minor skirmishes. Control is overall good, whilst power steering comes with three assistance settings.
Big And Bold
There are a few things inside the new 2015 Tesla Model S that are just big. There is the boot that offers up 1795-litres of space. Then there’s the gigantic touchscreen at the centre of the fascia. From this nerve centre, you can control the cars air conditioning, as well as tweak the air suspensions. There are a number of things this screen can do, including conveying info about battery charge and energy consumption, to control the sun roof. Other techy stuff inside the 2015 Tesla Model S includes Bluetooth connectivity and 3G data connection (optional).
But the overriding feeling as you step inside this car is that it’s comfortable and pleasant to sit in. Seats are perhaps not as supportive as they could be, whilst headroom is also a bit of a dampener, but if you aren’t too tall you shouldn’t see this as too much of an issue. And whilst there is comfort and pleasantries, the actual quality of the material will either be adequate or below par – it will depend on your personal discretion. From a distance, it looks nice. Up close? Hmm.
Facts and Figures
The Telsa Model S price range starts out from around £49,000 and rise to about £68,700, whilst you’ll be able to get hold of a used Tesla Model S for a little less. Standard equipment across the range includes heated door mirrors, air conditioning, speed control, fully automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers and a trip computer. There are a handful of neat extras that will cost you a bit more, such as 12 speakers for just over £1,000, front fog lights for around £300 and leather upholstery for about £800. There is a 222mile range for the battery on full charge, but what you get out of it will depend on your driving style and where you are driving. Charge time takes about 15 hours, which is probably something most buyers will settle for as long as they don’t need to fill their car up ever again.
The first proper release from PayPal co-creator Elon Husk’s brain child is a mighty fine specimen indeed. It could easily have gone wrong; this car could so easily have been noisy, and it could easily have been a poor performer. And whilst handling isn’t the best, it’s hard to argue with what the new Telsa Model S offers; good standard equipment, zero % benefit in kind tax, comfort, speed, excellent engineering, great performance. It’s a sterling first time effort, one which is well worth a sample.
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