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Tesla Model S Beta  (Source: Tesla Motors)
“That’s quicker than a [Porsche] 911 [Carrera]" -- Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk

Tesla Motors has already proved that it can produce a credible electric vehicle thanks to its Roadster and Roadster Sport. The company is now putting the finishing touches on its Model S electric sedan, which is currently in beta testing.
 
The 2012 Model S will be available in three trim levels, delivering a driving range of 160 miles, 230 miles, and 300 miles respectively. Now, according to Green Car Reports, a "performance" version of the Model S will join the fleet to appease those that require a bit more "grunt" from their vehicles.
 
While the standard Model S can reach 60 mph in 5.6 seconds (a time that is quite respectable in its own right), the performance model will do the deed in less than 4.5 seconds. There is no word yet on what the driving range will be for the performance model.
 
While getting more performance out of the Model S is more than believable, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk may be teetering on the realm of believability with this next claim:
 
We’re also going to be offering aerodynamic wheels that will enable 320 mile range. There were some skeptics who said we couldn’t do a 300 mile range, but we’re going to do better than that. We’re going to offer 320 mile range, as tested on the EPA 2 cycle test.
 
A bonus 20 miles of range from just changing the wheels seems a bit unlikely, but we'll give Musk the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Below is a test drive video of the Tesla Model S during the first public unveil of the beta model.

Sources: Green Car Reports, Left Lane News, Ken W. Edwards



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Cherry picking stats?
By sorry dog on 10/2/2011 10:01:52 PM , Rating: 0
I'll be impressed once the 50-70 acceleration and 1/4 mile times are as good as the Porsche...which I seriously doubt because while the off the line torque is there the overall horsepower isn't for electrics.




RE: Cherry picking stats?
By protomech on 10/2/2011 10:44:12 PM , Rating: 3
Another way to look at it is the electric vehicles make better use of their power.

Eg the roadster is much faster (0-60 and quarter mile) than a S2000 or base Boxster, which have similar weights and rated power levels. You have to go to the Boxster S, which is a good 25% more power to match the Roadster's speed.

The Roadster does start to slow over 60 mph because of the single speed transmission. The electric motor is much more flexible than a gas engine, but it still would benefit from a 2-3 speed transmission.

I'd put money on the Model S (big battery version) doing more 0-60 runs 'til empty than the 911.


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