Tesla Signature Performance 4dr Sedan (electric DD) Specification

Basic info

  • Large Cars EPA class
  • Exotic Market
  • Car Primary body type
  • Large Vehicle size
  • Sedan Vehicle style
  • rear wheel drive Driven wheels
  • 4 Num of doors
  • 1 speed DIRECT_DRIVE Transmission

Engine

  • 0.0 electric Type
  • 416 at 5000rpm Horsepower
  • 443 at 0rpm Torque
  • 0 Displacement
  • 0 Cylinder
  • Configuration
  • NA Compressor type
  • 0 Compression ratio
  • 0 Total valves
  • electric Fuel type
  • nullNAE Code

Colours

Interior

  • White
  • Black
  • Tan

Exterior

  • Black
  • Silver Metallic
  • Pearl White Tesla Multi-coat
  • Signature Red Tesla Multi-coat

mpg

  • 88 City
  • 90 Highway

Prices

  • Base MSRP $105,400.00
  • Delivery charges $1,950.00

Model S Sedan Ratings

Grade A
8/14/2012
The Tesla Model S is a groundbreaking vehicle on many levels. Not only is it an electric vehicle with unprecidented range and performance, but also it's a great luxury car in its own right. An amazing first whole-car effort from a start-up.
  • Comfort

    Grade B
    Score 7.5
    Was hoping for a little more, but our test car was equipped with a performance-oriented sport suspension and low-profile performance tire package. We expect a bit more smoothness from cars with the standard air suspension setup.
    • Seating Comfort

      Grade B
      Score 7
      Supportive and well shaped, but also thin in the name of light weight and space maximization. Comfortable, but those who crave deep cushy padding might not be satisfied.
    • Ride Comfort

      Grade B
      Score 7
      The air suspension is generally smooth, but uneven pavement can be harsh. This is a likely outgrowth of the sport suspension and low-profile 21-inch tires fitted to our test car.
    • Quietness

      Grade B
      Score 7.5
      Generally very silent, but coarse surfaces do generate some road noise and the electric motor emits a thrum at highways speeds that's audible if the surface is smooth.
  • Interior

    Grade A
    Score 8.5
    A spacious, airy cabin with a high tech feel. The iPad-esque interface is groundbreaking in the sense that it controls nearly everything, though some controls (headlights, sunroof) are inconveniently buried in the menus.
    • Ergonomics

      Grade A
      Score 8.5
      Double-size iPad-like center stack controls everything that isn't on the Benz-sourced stalks and window switches. Easy to use, but potentially distracting in some cases.
    • Ingress/Egress

      Grade A
      Score 8.5
      Generous door openings and no obstructions. No problem here.
    • Space/Room

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Plenty of front and rear leg-and headroom. Cabin feels airy and wide, too.
    • Visibility

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Generally good to the front, sides and rear quarter. Huge back-up camera can be left on while driving, too, so rear visibility isn't an issue.
    • Cargo/Storage

      Grade B
      Score 7
      Cargo storage behind the seats is excellent, and there's a front trunk (Frunk) too. But interior storage is weak, with no door pockets, no center console storage.
  • Performance

    Grade A
    Score 9
    The Model S stands up to conventional gas-powered Grand Touring machines in terms of acceleration and composure. Add in the smoothness of the EV power delivery (of which there is an abundance) and you've really got something.
    • Acceleration

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Wow! This thing is quick. Never mind that it's an EV. But the EV powertrain does make it seem even faster because of the seamlessness and the silence.
    • Braking

      Grade A
      Score 8.5
      Secure stops come about in short order, though the pedal height is too similar to the throttle. A robust regenerative braking system handles most routine slowing.
    • Steering

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Response is quick and direct, and there are three EPS assist maps to choose from. We like the default just fine, as it balances effort and feedback just about right.
    • Handling

      Grade A
      Score 8.5
      Returns good numbers at the track and feels planted and secure in the real world. The Model S also feels lighter than it is, because its massive battery pack is mounted quite low.
    • Driveability

      Grade A
      Score 10
      The AC induction motor and single-speed gearbox are smooth and utterly seamless. Say what you will about EVs, but their powertrains feel like a million bucks.
  • Value

    Grade A
    Score 8.5
    This EV has enough, range, performance, style and high-end appeal to make the price seem reasonable, unlike the adapted EV econoboxes out there that seem shockingly expensive and of limited use.
    • Build Quality (vs. $)

      Grade B
      Score 7
      Our Model S came up short in the body panel alignment department, but this was a very early build car. The materials used inside look good.
    • Features(vs. $)

      Grade B
      Score 8
      265 miles of range is one heck of an EV feature, but beyond that the Tesla Model S comes across as a high tech automobile with lots of unique content.
    • Cost

      Grade B
      Score 8
      Considering its luxury position, outright performance, engineering and otherwrldly EV capabilities, the Model S's price does not seem out of line.
    • MPG

      Grade A
      Score 10
      MPG means little in the EV world; it’s the plug-in range that matters. The Tesla Model S offers a game changing 265 miles, enough to make it much more than a mere commuter.
    • Warranty

      Grade B
      Score 8
      Tesla retroactively improved the warranty on the Model S. The battery and drive unit is covered with an 8-year, unlimited-mile warranty, while the basic lasts for 4 years/50,000 miles. Roadside assistance also lasts for 4 years/50,000 miles. There is no free maintenance, but a prepaid service plan is available.
    • Ownership

      Grade B
      Score 8
      Little maintenance is required here. The trick is supporting the home charge port, which works best with a 100-amp circuit. Anything down to 40 amps will do, though.
  • Fun To Drive

    Grade A
    Score 9
    It's fast, it's high-tech, it's unique, it draws attention, it'll wow your friends. And then there's the EV part, the 265 miles of range and growing Supercharger network that'll allow cross country travel.
    • Driving Experience

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Here's an EV you can take places. It has enough range to go somewhere for the fun of it. And it's fast, smooth, quiet, high-tech, luxurious.
    • Personality

      Grade A
      Score 9
      This big luxury sedan is easy on the eyes and turns heads. And until someone else comes out with a long-range EV it'll be unique, the only one of its kind.