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Tesla Model S Performance (L) and BMW M5 (R)  (Source: Automobile Magazine)
Tesla's Model S is no joke

Some people have plenty of doubts about Tesla Motors and the Model S. The company is still struggling to get production numbers up and is battling its way to profitability. And the fact that federal money is being used to fund a $7,500 tax credit for the purchase of a $100,000 vehicle doesn't sit well with a lot of people.
 
However, there's no question that Tesla Motors has developed a remarkable car in the Model S. From its sexy exterior looks to its high-tech interior, the Model S aims to impress. And now, we're still learning that the five-door hatchback has some serious performance credentials backing it up as well.
 
Automobile Magazine pitted a fresh Model S Performance against BMW's new F10 M5. The BMW M5 ($106,695) is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine developing a whopping 560hp and 500 lb-ft of torque (this is backed by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission). The Model S Performance ($102,270) has a rear-mounted motor that generates 416hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
 
When the two were set on the drag strip for a 0-100 mph race, the 4,640-pound Model S Performance simply walked away from the 4,347-pound M5 off the line. This stellar performance is no doubt attributed to the electric car's instant torque that is available from 0 to 5,800 RPM.
 
The M5 narrowed the lead towards the end of the run, but there's no question that the Model S bested BMW's high-echelon performance sedan in this particular test. However, this is just one test, and we'd like to see a complete head-to-head comparison between the two vehicles in the usual battery of acceleration, braking, and handling metrics.
 
To see the Model S go up against the M5, take a look at the video below:
 

Source: Automobile Magazine



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RE: launch control
By danjw1 on 10/10/2012 6:33:18 PM , Rating: 2
They are building out there supercharger network, they have them already between San Francisco-Los Angeles, Los Angeles-Las Vegas, San Francisco-Las Vegas and San Francisco-Lake Tahoe. They intend to have a corridor for coast to coast travel up by the end of 2013, I think it was. Yes, this is regional to where they are based. They also planning to ramp up a supercharger network in Europe and Asia.

In case you aren't aware the superchargers can add 50% battery in ~30 minutes. Which is enough time to stretch your legs, use the bathroom or get something to eat. The superchargers are positioned close to restaurants.


RE: launch control
By Spuke on 10/10/2012 6:50:06 PM , Rating: 2
There's six total right now but only available for company use until this month sometime. Locations at the following link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/image/100403182_init...


RE: launch control
By danjw1 on 10/10/2012 7:23:01 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
There's six total right now but only available for company use until this month sometime. Locations at the following link:


They were unveiled last month, I think. My understanding was that they were available then for Tesla owners. That link doesn't say anything about availability.


RE: launch control
By Spuke on 10/10/2012 11:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
They were unveiled last month, I think. My understanding was that they were available then for Tesla owners. That link doesn't say anything about availability.
That link wasn't supposed to contain that info. If you read my post, you'll see...
quote:
Locations at the following link:


No matter, I really didn't expect you to read my whole post anyways. I got the public availability from here:

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-09-25/news/34...


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