Model S http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/4232/news en-GB Saleen puts more swank into the Tesla Model S http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/saleen-puts-more-swank-tesla-model-s/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Foursixteen improves an already stunning car with across-the-board upgrades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Saleen puts more swank into the Tesla Model S " alt="Saleen puts more swank into the Tesla Model S " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/saleen-foursixteen-main.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>These guys think they can make a better car than the Tesla Model S?</strong><br />They&rsquo;re certainly not the first people to get their hands on an already-stellar vehicle and attempt to improve it. In fact, someone else has already modded this very model <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s-goes-convertible/news">into a convertible</a>. But yes, the <a href="http://media.saleen.com/2014/08/foursixteen/" target="_blank">Saleen Foursixteen</a> is a modified version of the Tesla Model S, probably the world&rsquo;s best-known electric car.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">Tesla Model S review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>With a swanky bodykit? How very Essex boy&hellip;</strong><br />There&rsquo;s much more to the Foursixteen than exterior tweaks, but we&rsquo;ll start with those. Saleen, which has been building racing cars for 30-odd years, claims to have improved the Model S&rsquo; aerodynamics through its body modifications: there&rsquo;s a carbon fibre rear diffuser, new V-shaped hood architecture and a rear spoiler to increase downforce. The hood shape also serves to direct hot air away from the car&rsquo;s drivetrain cooling system.</p> <p><strong>And what else?</strong><br />Speaking of drivetrain&rsquo;s, Saleen has ripped out Tesla&rsquo;s and replaced it with its own, which it says provides improved acceleration (even the base Model S does 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds), better cooling and &ldquo;track capable throttle response&rdquo;. There&rsquo;s also adjustable suspension, which means you can stiffen the ride if you&rsquo;re doing some track driving, as well as new ZR-spec tyres and optional lightweight carbon ceramic brakes. Changing your mind about this yet?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1391" title="The Saleen Foursixteen features a re-sculpted exterior" alt="The Saleen Foursixteen features a re-sculpted exterior" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/saleen-foursixteen-front.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="800" title="The Saleen Foursixteen features a re-sculpted exterior" alt="The Saleen Foursixteen features a re-sculpted exterior" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/saleen-foursixteen-badge.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I&rsquo;m coming around. What about the interior?</strong><br />It&rsquo;s pretty full-on. We&rsquo;re talking black leather with contrasting perforated leather accents and Alcantara suede inlays. We&rsquo;re talking carbon fibre accents on the dashboard. We&rsquo;re talking a brand new centre console with extra storage, a smartphone pocket and a cup-holder (!). We&rsquo;re talking new bucket seats, new door panels and a leather-wrapped dashboard. It&rsquo;s a big, bold remodelling &ndash; and we think it looks pretty natty.</p> <p><strong>I agree. Damn, you&rsquo;ve changed my mind. Now I want one</strong><br />Well, we hope you&rsquo;ve just had a big tax rebate, because the Foursixteen ain&rsquo;t cheap: Saleen are charging US$152,000 (&pound;91,430) for it. This model is based on the standard Tesla Model S, by the way, and will be delivered to US-based customers 6-8 weeks after ordering. It comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://media.saleen.com/2014/08/foursixteen/" target="_blank">Saleen</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">GAZE AT MORE ELECTRIFYING HOT STUFF HERE</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/hackers-compete-compromise-teslas-s-sedan/news">Hackers will compete to compromise Tesla&rsquo;s Model S sedan</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Finally, a cup-holder for the Tesla Model S" alt="Finally, a cup-holder for the Tesla Model S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/saleen-foursixteen-console.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="801" title="The swish leather bucket seats are totally new" alt="The swish leather bucket seats are totally new" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/saleen-foursixteen-backseat.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cars Electric cars Hot Stuff Model S Tesla Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:32:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445301 at http://www.stuff.tv Tesla Motors’ Model III is a smaller, cheaper electric sedan planned for 2017 http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact executive entry is expected to compete against BMW’s 3-Series </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Model III (concept)" alt="Tesla Model III (concept)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesla-model-iii-concept.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tesla Motors&rsquo; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">magnificent Model S</a> is a thing of beauty&mdash;but it&rsquo;s quite large, not to mention outside the budget of the average consumer. However, Tesla has real plans to make an excellent electric car available to that segment of the population.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Musk: ‘Ford’s trying to kill sex!’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Model III had previously been referred to as the third-gen car or &ldquo;Model E,&rdquo; but the latter nickname was killed by threats of litigation from Ford over its iconic Model T. Ever the entertaining interviewee, Musk mused that he initially wanted it to accompany the Model S (pictured above) and upcoming Model X to make the line spell out &ldquo;SEX.&rdquo; No, really.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought, this is crazy, Ford&rsquo;s trying to kill sex! So we&rsquo;ll have to think of another name,&rdquo; said Musk. &ldquo;The new model is going to be called Model III, we&rsquo;ll have three bars to represent it and it&rsquo;ll be S III X!&rdquo;</p> <p>On a much less sensational subject, Musk also mentioned plans to establish a research and development house in the UK&mdash;potentially in time to contribute to the Model III. Tesla&rsquo;s British engineering head, Chris Porritt, is reportedly developing the platform that will power the car.</p> <p>And old Tesla Roadster owners have some interesting news on the horizon, as well. Musk noted that new-generation battery packs will significantly expand the Roadster&rsquo;s battery life from the current 245 mile range to about 400, allowing the nonstop benchmark drive between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California to become a reality.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/87867/tesla-model-iii-to-challenge-bmw-3-series-world-exclusive">Auto Express</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature">Stuff meets Elon Musk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Model S" alt="Tesla Model S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-model-s-rev.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla&#039;s affordable electric sedan </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news#comments Cars Electric cars Model S Tesla Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:03:47 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442231 at http://www.stuff.tv Tesla Model S http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The extraordinary Tesla Model S is the first electric car to appeal to even the grumpiest eco naysayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Now that is an electric car " alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesla-model-s-review-main.jpg?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Tesla Model S upends the electric-car status quo like only Silicon Valley can.</p> <p>On sale in June in the UK, this Californian-built hatchback limo solves the EV range problem with a whopping great battery pack giving a potential 300 miles between charges. Then it eliminates dashboard clutter by funnelling all the cabin controls onto a touchscreen tablet double the size of an iPad.</p> <p>The styling is graceful, the speed ballistic and the &pound;50,000 start price so far not putting anyone off.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £50,000.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enough range to not worry about enjoying its phenomenal acceleration </div> <div class="field-item even"> That 17in dash screen is so good we expect others to follow </div> <div class="field-item odd"> No wacky looks to put you off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The lure of the 17in screen robs the driver of road-attention </div> <div class="field-item even"> Limited finance options, so expect £1000+/month bill to buy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Footprint possibly too large for UK roads </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ballistically quick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are fast cars and there&rsquo;s the Tesla S.</p> <p>It weighs 2.1 tonnes but the quickest Performance version at &pound;68,700 accelerates to 60mph in 4.2 seconds - faster than a Porsche 911. Even the standard car costing from &pound;49,900 manages 5.4 secs. Because it&rsquo;s electric all that muscle is available from rest, and it felt even faster in the Performance version we tested. We&rsquo;re talking yell-out-loud rollercoaster fast. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s also stealthy. Find an open stretch of road, nail it, and nobody will hear your hooliganism. A pleasing whine from the rear electric motor sounding like a tiny jet engine is the extent of it. The Tesla even checks body roll in the bends while resisting the Germanic urge to pummel the spine on bumps. </p> <p><strong>READ MORE: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/virtual-reality-volkswagen-unleashes-gran-turismo-inspired-golf-gti-roadster/news">Volkswagen unleashes Gran Turismo-inspired Golf GTI Roadster&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1204" height="900" title="It can go 0-60 quicker than you can get in the car " alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/key-fob_0.JPG?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla Model S Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price:</strong> &pound;49,900-&pound;74,200</p> <p><strong>Monthly cost:</strong> from c. &pound;1000</p> <p><strong>Top speed:</strong> 120-130mph</p> <p><strong>Max power:</strong> 382bhp-418bhp (85kwh model)</p> <p><strong>Max torque:</strong> 440-600NM 0-62mph: 5.4-4.2 secs</p> <p><strong>Kerb weight:</strong> 2,100kg</p> <p><strong>Official range:</strong> 242-312 miles</p> <p><strong>Time to charge to full:</strong> 45mins-10hrs depending on charger&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Length:</strong> 4970mm&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Width:</strong> 2187mm</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In-dash magic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No car maker offers anything like Tesla&rsquo;s 17in in-dash touchscreen. Yes, the interior is mostly well designed and the second screen behind the steering wheel is welcome, but the upright, fixed-in tablet is the main event.</p> <p>As silkily responsive as an<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review"> iPad Air</a>, it gives you control over the heating, sat-nav, smartphone integration radio and more. You even open the vast sunroof with a swipe down of the finger.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a camera looking back that&rsquo;s clear enough to use in place of the rear-view mirror, or you can configure it so the Google map occupies all the space. Screen updates come via a built-in 3G sim and each time you get one you could find you&rsquo;ve got an entirely new button. Nothing new in smartphones, but revolutionary in a car.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-self-driving-car-two-seats-no-steering-wheel-and-no-brake-pedal/news">Google&#39;s self-driving car - two seats, no steering wheel and no brake pedal&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1198" height="900" title="This 17in screen just embarrasses an iPad" alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/maps-cam.JPG?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff x Tesla, what a combination " alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stufftv-web.JPG?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The touchcsreen controls almost everything in the Model S " alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/settings.JPG?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where’s the active safety kit? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The serious omission in the otherwise fulsome spec list is radar cruise control and related automatic emergency braking, increasingly common on other cars.</p> <p>That 17in screen is as moreish to the eyes as pizza is to the mouth and frankly you need a back-up look-out in case you miss traffic ahead suddenly&nbsp;slowing, especially when you&#39;re still getting used to that screen. </p> <p>Once the novelty has worn off it&#39;ll hopefully be less alluring, but even Fords have safety stuff like lane-departure warning.&nbsp;A check of Tesla&rsquo;s job vacancies online shows it&rsquo;s coming, but too late for the current gen Model S.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ee-bringing-4g-uk-roads-and-putting-router-your-car-so-you-can-use-it/news">EE is bringing 4G to UK roads</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regular-car range </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesla boasts the Model S has the range of a regular car and it&rsquo;s mostly true thanks to the massive underfloor battery pack. The standard one is rated at 60kWh (kilowatt hours) to give a quoted range of 240 miles and the 85kWh versions from &pound;57,700 is reckoned to be good for 312 miles. To put that into context, the battery pack in the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ferrari-unveils-laferrari-hybrid-supercar-geneva-motor-show/news">LaFerrari hybrid hypercar</a> is just 2.3kWh.</p> <p>From a standard house plug it&rsquo;ll take 20 hours to charge from flat to full, but a &pound;95 government-subsided wallcharger halves that to 10 hours, while the optional &pound;1900 dual-charger halves that again.</p> <p>Quickest at 45 mins to full are the Tesla Superchargers the company plans to build at service stations along the M4 and M1/M6 to create corridors of freedom for London owners. Tesla coffee shops not included.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/elon-musk-building-james-bonds-amphibious-lotus-real/news">Elon Musk is building James Bond&#39;s amphibious Lotus, for real&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Something tells us this wasn&#039;t taken just outside London " alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Supercharger_station.jpg?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supersized </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Model S is large. Limo large.</p> <p>Staff at Tesla&rsquo;s sole UK &lsquo;store&rsquo; in London&rsquo;s Westfield shopping centre claim it has more room than a BMW X5 SUV in there and you can believe it.</p> <p>One option includes two rear-facing jump seats in the boot to take the max passenger count to seven. There&rsquo;s further room under the bonnet where a regular petrol engine would&rsquo;ve been.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sometimes it feels too large for UK roads. Even driving cautiously we managed to scrape an alloy on a width restriction on to the bridge over the Thames in Marlow. We weren&rsquo;t fiddling with the screen at the time, promise.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lamborghini-5-95-zagato-more-beautiful-money-can-buy/news">Stop looking at the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, you can&#39;t afford it</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Limo large " alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/front-of-tesla.JPG?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Two rear-facing jump seats in the boot are an option " alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rear-of-tesla.JPG?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Top marks for exterior design " alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/exterior-detail_0.JPG?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla Model S Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Tesla isn&rsquo;t just a better electric car &ndash; it&rsquo;s a groundbreaker that history could well hoist into the automotive hall of fame alongside the original Mini or even the Ford Model T.</p> <p>The speed is breathtaking, the styling sensational, the range good and that 17in dash tablet embarrasses anything the premium Germans can offer.</p> <p>Its only real flaw? It could do with a few more active safety devices for anyone careless enough to let their eyes linger too long on that mesmerising screen.</p> <p><em>Words by Nick Gibbs&nbsp;</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Already a future classic " alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ModelSLogo.jpg?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Got .. to .. play .. with .. touchscreen" alt="Tesla Model S review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/touch-maps.JPG?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An electric car of such staggering talent it&rsquo;ll have mainstream makers racing to catch up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla Model S review: the electric revolution starts here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The speed is breathtaking, the styling sensational&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/front-of-tesla_0.JPG?1405940183" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review#comments Cars Electric cars Geek accessories Model S Tesla Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:47:28 +0000 Sophie Charara 1438920 at http://www.stuff.tv