Tesla Model S First Drive - Lexus IS Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
Frequenter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 138
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
           
Tesla Model S First Drive



Quote:
The future is now
by Nauman Farooq

From huge losses posted every fiscal quarter to the promise of a brighter, cleaner (and profitable) future, the Tesla story is one thatís genuinely intriguing.

Ready to write it off from the beginning as a billionaireís pet project, we tested the Tesla Roadster several years back and it restored our faith in electric cars. Not only did it have usable range, but it was also quick beyond belief and very entertaining to drive.

However, the Roadster is now the past. Production ended on that model last December and so today we will look towards the future, to see if Teslaís latest offering will excite us and convince us that electric motoring is a viable everyday alternative for a much larger segment of the population.

We caught up with Tesla and its new Model S zero-emissions luxury sedan during the brandís tour across the continent, dedicated to showcasing its products to potential clients and the automotive press.

AN ORIGINAL

This product differs quite a lot from the Roadster, because first of all, it has its own chassis Ė not one borrowed from Lotus. The chassis is question was designed by Huibert Mees, whoís past credits include the Ford GT supercar.

And with their own chassis, Tesla could now design the car to look the way they want it to, rather than just modify the styling of an existing car. To execute that part of the project Tesla hired Franz Von Holzhausen, who used to design Mazdas for a living.

SPACIOUS, FUNCTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL

So the new car has its own platform and styling, and also unlike the Roadster, the Model S is a practical family sedan. Actually, call it a family fastback, because the trunk-lid and rear-glass are joined, underneath which you can either have a large cargo area, or the optional rear-facing jump-seats to carry two children.

Otherwise the spacious cabin can comfortably seat five people, and since in this electric car the battery and motor are neatly tucked underneath the floor, under the hood youíll just find more cargo space.

So the Model S is a practical design, but it is also attractive. Seeing it in person, we could not find a single awkward angle to this design. True, the styling is reminiscent of the Jaguar XF, though thatís not a bad thing Ė especially when the Model S looks better.

Open the door (procedure: press on the flush mounted door handles, which then pop out automatically and then pull on them) and youíre greeted by one of the nicest, cleanest interior designs and layouts youíll ever see. Itís like a concept car interior, only better built.
Read the complete Tesla Model S Review at AutoGuide.com
Luxury&Exotics is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 06:51 AM
Lurker
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 51
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
Garage
how much?

Bradley T. Trimble, A1C, MDANG 175th Intelligence
2002 MSM IS300
Brad95 is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 07:06 AM
Deity
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Quebec
Posts: 11,816
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
           
Pretty decent looking car. Looks a bit like a Jag.
Jerm__ is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 07:47 AM
Class III Aficionado
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 21,418
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
           
looks like the 2013 Taurus in the front

Vice President and CTO of The A.S.S

ďIím sorry, but having a DB9 on the drive and not driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in your bed and sleeping on the couch.Ē - Jezza
drunkenmonkey is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 10:02 AM
\/ Awesome \/
 
ItalynStylion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Irving, Tx.
Posts: 11,394
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by drunkenmonkey View Post
looks like the 2013 Taurus in the front
And that a'int bad!

Quote:
Originally Posted by DJPoop View Post
This is the future of engine technology. There is a replacement for displacement, and it's called efficiency.
ItalynStylion is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Lexus IS Forum > Off Topic > The Garage

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Lexus IS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself. If your address is invalid, you will likely lose access to the site.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Current users viewing this Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BMW i5 or i7 Large Sedan Spied as Tesla Model S, Fisker Karma Rival AutoGuide.com The Garage 1 11-22-2011 12:52 PM
Tesla unveils the Model S sedan jruhi4 The Garage 30 06-06-2011 10:40 AM
Chevy Volt vs Tesla Model S: gbb357 The Garage 12 08-22-2009 01:54 PM
Tesla Motors Reports 1000 Orders for Model S -=Hot|Ice=- The Garage 1 05-19-2009 04:23 PM
Test drive of the 2002 IS model on a racecourse .... and new Italian Stallion General Discussion 8 12-02-2001 12:26 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome