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