Full Tesla Model S Test Drive: 238 Miles Of Range, 0-60 In 3.9 Seconds

AUG 27 2012 BY STAFF 7

2013 Tesla Model S Specs

Tesla has promoted the Model S Performance, complete with 85 kWh lithium battery, as having a range of 300 miles and a 0-60 of 4.4 seconds.  The EPA’s take on the car was 265 miles of range, with a MPGe of 89.

While we appreciate the “official” numbers by both the manufacturer and the government, we have been in anticipation of some real world data for quite some time now.

Tesla Model S Performance: 0-60 in 3.9 Seconds?

And Motor Trend has your hook up.  This is what they found out about the hard numbers of the car (as well as some other intangibles):

  • 238 miles of range, done “while being very stingy with performance (for the most part)”, yet almost entirely at 65 mph
  • 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, well below Tesla’s estimate of 4.4, and better than Edmonds InsideLine’s 4.3 time, but that included a 12″ rollout (thanks to Thomas for the heads up) – video here
  • 100.7 MPGe observed over 200 miles, 13% better than the EPA
  • Quarter mile: 12.5 sec @ 110.9 mph

The MPGe figure calculated by Motor Trend is curious, as we are not sure how you best the EPA’s 89 MPGe rating by such a wide margin, yet underachieve on the range itself.  Perhaps a disproportional balance of highway/city driving, or perhaps (as commenter  Dave R points out) Motor Trend is not using metered power figures from the wall, but from the car itself.

The slight increase in performance on this particular Model S might be due to the fact that this is Elon Musk’s own personal car (the second car ever delivered), and he famously said after first driving it, that the performance of the Model S Performance had to be dialed up before its release to the public.  Perhaps his car still has just a little something extra.

Check out the complete test drive report and review of the Tesla Model S Performance at Motor Trend.

Also check out on the second page of their review (and below) who Motor Trend’s auto-generated system feels are competitors to the Model S Performance.

Hrm, What Should I Get? The Model S Performance Or The Buick Lacrosse Hybrid?

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7 Comments on "Full Tesla Model S Test Drive: 238 Miles Of Range, 0-60 In 3.9 Seconds"

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Wow. What extra? Did you even watch the Inside Line video? It clearly shows 0-60 in 4.0 seconds with a 12″ rollout. MotorTrend indicated that it got 0-60 in 3.9 seconds with a 12″ rollout. Whats the big difference there, and why are you citing the 4.3 time when that is an apples to oranges comparison?

There’s nothing different about Musk’s car except that it is a Founders Signature edition, which has different interior and paint options than the regular Signature cars.

Same thing with the Signature cars vs general production. The performance is going to be the same, there are just extra options available for the limited edition Signature (and Founders) cars.

The general production MSP is going to have the same performance numbers, but the base cost falls to ~$92k ($85k with the Federal rebate) because it doesn’t have the “limited edition”ness of the first 1,000 cars.

Hi Thomas,

Sorry we don’t always get the details perfect, little mix-up quoting from the Inside Tesla blog on the 21st that referenced InsideLine (but not the rollout 4.0 sec), “Edmunds put Model S through its paces and walked away with 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds!”

Added that info to the story, thanks!

The best explanation for the inflated MPGe figure is that MT used the kWh reading from the car itself which does not account for charging losses, while the EPA measures energy from the wall which does.

Typical difference between energy from the wall and energy you get from the pack is around 85-90% on a level 2 J1772 charge which happens to match up quite nicely with the reported 101 MPGe and the EPA’s 89 MPGe.

It would be MOST interesting if one of these early “independent review sources” actually tried a conservative road trip keeping speed to cruise control set 60 mph with a full charge to start.

Now we know what happens at 65-75 mph road speed, but how much better will the range be for the lesser mph territory in real world driving?

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these are pretty solid 0-60 time. I also think that Tesla will supply toyota some electric engines. by no mean that Toyota is going to produce performance electric cars!!

Believe it or not, Tesla is the first automaker to implement the advanced Nvidia’s VCM in their vehicles (Model S), which developed based on the same Tegra SoC (System on a Chip) that supply power to tablets and smartphones.

Sorry, what’s a “rollout”?