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Tesla Model S: breathtaking performance

The Tesla Model S is the second electric car of a large series. Produced by the Californian brand, it began to be marketed in France in 2013. It is now available in two versions. In a single charge, it reaches 652 km of autonomy.

The Tesla Model S : its history

The Model S follows the first generation of the Roadster. It is this new version that has transformed the company of Elon Musk, a wealthy entrepreneur. The general public discovered the electric car when it was launched in the United States in 2012, then in 2013 in Europe.

It is a 5-seater sedan, equipped with a remote update system. Thanks to this feature, the manufacturer Tesla has revolutionized the automotive industry, and places itself at the forefront of the scene.

A few years later, the Model S Tesla has become the best-selling car in the segment. It now represents 2000 cars produced every week. The car has continued to evolve over time. Initially launched with a small battery capacity of 60 kWh, it is getting a makeover for 2022.

Indeed, two new variants with 3 engines join the range. However, this model was not the first on the electric car market. The Nissan Leaf was already present.

An interior of the future

The biggest change since 2012 is in the interior. Indeed, since January 2021, the Tesla Model S Plaid benefits from a new Yoke steering wheel. U-shaped, it adds a futuristic touch to the interior.

The large central touch screen is still present, but this time in a horizontal position. It’s similar to the one on board the Tesla Model 3, but it completes a 100% digital instrumentation. The rear passengers now also have their own screen.

With the 22-speaker audio system, the listening experience will be out of this world. The electric vehicle’s seats are all heated, but the steering wheel and windshield are not. There is a wireless charging system, as well as several USB-C outlets for all occupants of the vehicle. As a little bonus, the Model S is available in a 7-seat configuration.

Tesla Model S : an exterior designed for efficiency

The Model S Tesla is designed for speed, endurance and range. It has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.208 Cd. That’s the lowest in the world. With this improved aerodynamics, and a wider chassis, they both ensure that performance is always available. This allows for faster and more confident cornering.

The Model S’ wheels and tires are dedicated to performance. They are wider at the rear and keep the vehicle stable. These tires allow for maximum power on the road.

The Model S is the most aerodynamic production vehicle in the world, thanks to the detailing throughout the exterior. Iconic styling combined with elegant, modernized proportions.


Engine, transmission and performance

Tesla’s Model S is quite impressive in terms of performance. With a dedicated electric motor on each axle (front and rear), it offers permanent dual motor all-wheel drive (4WD), regardless of the version:

  • The standard Model S offers two electric motors and all-wheel drive. This version has great acceleration, with a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.
  • The even more powerful Tesla Model S Plaid features three electric motors that bring the combined power to 1,020 horsepower. This version is capable of reaching 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.1 seconds, with a top speed of 322 km/h.

The Model S Tesla is equipped with underfloor batteries, it is a car with a low center of gravity. This has the effect of distributing the masses evenly and improves performance. Like the handling, for example.

VersionO-100 km/hMaximum Speed
Tesla Model S3,2 s 250 km/h
Tesla Model S Plaid2,1 s322 km/h

Battery and autonomy : the freedom to travel

It is important to know that the range varies from one model to another. The battery in the Model S version has a range of 652 km, while the Tesla Model S Plaid version has a range of 637 km. With this range, you can travel farther on a single charge than any other electric vehicle.

Announced during the restyling of the Model S, the overpowered Plaid+ version is finally abandoned by Elon Musk. It was supposed to carry a 120 kWh pack. The latter would have made it possible to travel 837 kilometers on a single charge!

Tesla Model S652 km
Tesla Model S Plaid637 km

How to charge the new Tesla Model S ?

The manufacturer Tesla regularly deploys its network of ultra-fast charging stations. Indeed, 30,000 Superchargers are available worldwide. These stations allow you to charge a Model S Tesla in record time. Charging is free at the launch of the model, and thereafter will be charged to users 0.36 € per kWh consumed, in France.

In 2019, Tesla updated its system. Since then, the Model S tolerates up to 250 kW of power on charge with the use of third-generation superchargers. The tolerated power on the other supercharger network is 145 kWh. A Combo CCS adapter is also offered by the manufacturer. It allows access to other fast charging stations. This is optional.

By combining an estimated range of up to 652 km with Tesla’s fast charging technology, you’ll spend less time charging and more time on the road.

Autopilot : the future of driving

The Tesla Model S comes standard with Autopilot. But what is this feature? Autopilot allows your car to stay on course, accelerate and brake in its lane. All this, under your active supervision of course. This feature assists you in the most challenging moments of driving.

Thanks to remote software updates, the latest improvements are available instantly. Two other paying packages are dedicated to driving assistance:

The improved Autopilot for 3800 € :

Autopilot navigation
Automated lane changing on the highway
Automatic parking in a slot or in a battle
Automatic exit from a parking space.

Fully autonomous driving capability for €7500 :

It includes all the features of Autopilot, such as
Reaction to traffic lights and stop signs
Automated city driving (available soon).

The price of the Tesla Model S electric car

Deliveries of the new Tesla Model S version began in September 2021. As for the price, the entry price for the Model S Tesla version is €99,990. The Tesla Model S Plaid version costs €129,990. The new Plaid+ version, which was finally abandoned, was planned at a price of €139,990.

Tesla Model S99 990 €
Tesla Model S Plaid129 990 €

What is the price of the cheapest Tesla ?

The most affordable of all Tesla’s is the Model 3. It is a sedan with a minimum range of 488 kilometers. In France, this electric car is available from 43,800 euros, excluding the ecological bonus.

The Model 3 is the best-selling electric car in history. Indeed, since its first deliveries in February 2019, more than 800,000 units have been sold in Europe.

What is the most powerful Tesla in 2021 ?

After the record-breaking Model S Plaid, the Tesla Model X Plaid has established itself as the world’s fastest SUV. According to the first tests, it offers performances superior to those promised by the American brand.

Indeed, the car is able to go from 0 to 0.96 km/h in only 2.3 seconds, slightly better (by two seconds). The first deliveries in Europe are not expected for several months.

What is the best Tesla model ?

Since its launch in February 2019, the Tesla Model 3 has been the must-have electric car on the market. For us, this model is the best Tesla has to offer.

For 24 months, the Model 3 even topped the top 10 best electric cars in the world. From the first place on the podium, it has just reached the third place. Beaten by the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Kia e-Niro.

Consumer Reports points out that the Model 3 is still very good, despite this drop in position. Let’s not forget that it is one of the best electric cars in the world. The report does not fail to highlight the qualities of its on-board technology or its incredible network of charging stations.

To conclude

Tesla is doing a lot to make the electric car more ecological. The Tesla Model S price may still be a hindrance to sales, despite the marketing of the Model 3, which remains the cheapest car in the range. Tesla’s powerful new Model S is the talk of the town, especially for its performance.

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