Tesla Model S
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Tesla Model S – the most important facts at a glance

The Tesla Model S is an upper class lift back sedan with five doors, five seats and two trunks (one in the front and one in the back). With its 195.9 inches/ 4.98 meters length and timeless design, the Model S has won several awards. The door handles extend automatically when approaching and retract again when the car is closed.

The Model S has been in production since 2012 and has also been sold in Europe since 2013. Over the years, vehicle variants with different battery capacities and engine power have been offered both as dual-motor all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive versions. Even the “normal” models offer very sporty values with 315 to 420 HP. In the so-called “Performance” version, the Model S even offers a full 540 to 611 hp, depending on battery capacity. Paired with a torque of up to 967 Nm, this results in acceleration of up to 2.3 seconds 0 to 60 mph (2.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h) in the fastest version.


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Going everywhere

With a range of up to 400 miles / 610 km and the ability to charge around 80 percent of the battery within 40 minutes using the Supercharger fast charging network, even long distances are no problem for the Model S. The infotainment computer with its 17-inch touchscreen display offers a navigation system based on Google Maps with real-time traffic data, Internet access, Spotify music streaming and an HD rearview camera. In newer models even Netflix and YouTube video streaming is possible. With automatic software updates via Wi-Fi or the mobile phone network, the Model S is even getting better and better, and new functions are added.

Software functions such as automatic parking, or a Homelink integration for automatic opening of the garage door are two examples. The “sentry mode” uses camera surveillance to record the events around the parked vehicle as a video on request. It thus provides additional security against parking damage by informing passers-by of the recording via on-screen messages.

The Autopilot is also constantly being improved through software updates. The following demo video shows a software version that is still in the development stage. It shows which goal Tesla is pursuing with the autopilot. In the future, it will be possible for a Tesla to drive by itself completely independently. This function will also be possible with the currently sold vehicles via software updates, provided that the option “Full self-driving” is purchased:

The Model S can also score with the equipment installed in the vehicle. The HEPA air filter is about 10 times the size of a conventional vehicle and filters 99.97% of fine particles, gas pollution, pollen, bacteria, viruses and spores from the outside air. The sliding sunroof is exclusively reserved for Tesla Model S vehicles, but is unfortunately no longer produced and is therefore only available with a used car. With the smart-air suspension, that automatically adjusts in height depending on the vehicle position, the Model S scores with another difference to the Model 3.

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The Tesla Model S is aerodynamic elegance

The Tesla Model S starts with a base price starting at around 69,000 USD (83,000 EUR). The Tesla Roadster was the first vehicle to be produced in small series based on a Lotus Elise. Tesla then designed and developed the Model S from scratch as an electric car. This was the first electric production vehicle to demonstrate to the world that comfort, range and vehicle size are possible without compromise in an electric car.

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