Tesla Model S information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the electric limousine. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Model S car range. We list the top five stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The Tesla Model S is a clean-sheet saloon car from Elon Musk’s upstart EV car specialist - and is available in a variety of power outputs depending on your performance and range requirements. For more information on the Model S, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
This is that rare thing: a start-up producing a world-beater. The Model S is a brilliant achievement straight out of the box - you don’t need to make excuses for this first-time pure electric luxury saloon. It’s a big car and there’s plenty of room inside; while the styling outside is premium-anonymous-but-slick, the cabin is something quite special. It’s dominated by a huge 17in touchscreen that controls most minor functions in the car. Three powertrain choices await: the 60D (60kWh battery, 208-mile range), 85D (85kWh battery, 265 miles) and four-wheel drive P85D (85kWh battery, but extra motor for 253-mile range and 3.2sec 0-60mph time). We’ve driven them all and even the least powerful offers exceptional performance, but we’d plump for one of the more powerful models. All drive, steer and stop sweetly and the only sign you’re not in a German exec is the whisper-quiet refinement. The Model S really is a breath of fresh air in a predictable segment; it feels like a Silicon Valley technology breakthrough. You have been warned.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Rivals to consider
There are no pure electric rivals worth mentioning yet
Design inside and out, electric range, driving manners, range, that screen
Limited dealer and recharging network, the risk of the unknown