After bidding farewell to our
last week, we welcome to The Times Test Garage a very different vehicle: the Tesla Model S.
As you likely know, this is an all-electric vehicle from the company that brought you the
. Tesla was founded by its current chief executive, Elon Musk, and is based in Palo Alto. All Model S cars are assembled in Fremont, Calif.
The Model S we have this week has the largest of three available batteries (in terms of range). Tesla says its 85 kWh lithium-ion battery has a 300-mile range, pushes 362 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, and will do 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
This model starts at $77,400 before any tax credits or rebates. Our tester has the $3,750 tech package, which adds turn-by-turn navigation, a backup camera, power lift gate, Xenon headlights, LED fog lights and keyless entry.
The 19-inch wheels and massive 17-inch touchscreen are standard on all Model S's. It's through the screen that you control nearly all of the car's functions, including climate control, stereo and vehicle setup.