Considering that Tesla has very little history when compared to the likes of Mercedes and Jaguar, it is all the more impressive that the Model S has left these automotive superpowers in its wake.
The all-electric executive saloon makes the most of its different ethos and offers performance statistics that can’t fail but impress. Even the lower powered 70 kWh model has a 0-62 MPH time of around five seconds while the top 85 kWh dual motor sees that figure closer to four seconds.
Potential range is around the 300 mile mark and Tesla’s Supercharger network can charge the car from flat in around 70 minutes – or a half charge in 20 minutes. Hook it up to a home charger and it will take a night’s sleep to complete a full charge.
The driving dynamics are impressive with a low centre of gravity helping the handling, while the light steering has a decent level of feedback and passengers can easily get comfortable inside. The ride is adjustable too to suit different conditions thanks to air suspension.
Engaging to drive, fast and comfortable, the Model S provides some serious competition to its conventionally fuelled rivals.