Motor Trend Tests Model S Sedan, Comes Away Impressed

The Tesla Model S sedan is the make-it-or-break-it vehicle for Elon Musk’s electric car company. After a decade of promises, the Model S is finally being delivered, and initial reviews seem to be positive. But Tesla caught some flak for not giving journalists enough time behind the wheel.

Now Motor Trend has come out with a long term, range-testing review…and these guys came away impressed. Hit the jump to find out why.

The guys at Motor Trend were lent Elon Musk’s personal car, and they wanted to see how far they could take it on a single charge…but not before a detour at the drag strip. There they clicked off an impressive 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. In the quarter-mile they managed to turn a time of 12.5 seconds, on par with today’s Mustang GT or Camaro SS.

All well and good, but how far could it go? Tesla estimates the range at 265 miles per charge with the largest battery pack, an 85 kWh unit. I’ll cut right to the chase and tell you that Motor Trend managed to eek 238 miles out of the Tesla at mostly highway speeds. Wind, traffic, and speed all played a part, but you have to admit that is still pretty damn impressive.

Take a read through Motor Trend’s whole review, it is a great look at how Tesla built a car that is fast, efficient, and easy on the eyes. Maybe Tesla does stand a chance after all?

Source: Motor Trend

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.