TESLA Model S

Performance Ludicrous AWD 5dr Auto

Business Price From (ex VAT)

£1,051.35

Initial Rental: £9,462.13

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£1,261.62

Initial Rental: £11,354.55

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List Price

£94,980.00

Engine Power

605

CO2

0

DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • 17" touchscreen
  • Acoustic seat-belt warning
  • Autopilot Hardware (8 Cameras, 12 ultrasonic sonar, forward-facing radar)
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Bluetooth hands free phone with voice control system
  • Cruise control
  • Custom driver profiles
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • High definition reversing camera
  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener)
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Power tailgate
  • Real time traffic information
  • Roll over sensor
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Service indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Touch screen centre multi info display
  • Base autopilot (Available as no-cost option)
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 2 USB ports
  • AM/FM DVD MP3 radio
  • Custom audio system featuring 11 speakers with neodymium magnets
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Mobile App remote control
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot - 4G Enabled
EXTERIOR FEATURES
  • Auto dimming mirrors
  • Auto high beam
  • Automatic, adaptive, auto level LED headlights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Carbon spoiler
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door sill - Branded
  • Electric windows with one touch open
  • Electric/heated/folding door mirrors with memory
  • Electrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Exterior door handle lights
  • Heated washer nozzles
  • LED fog lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Retractable door handles
  • Side marker bumper illumination
  • Solar reflect windshield
  • Three position dynamic LED turning lights
  • Wiper blade defrosters
  • Multi coat paint (Available as no-cost option)
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12 way power adjustable, heated front seats with memory and driver profile
  • 12V power outlet
  • 2 fixed rear headrests
  • 2 second row isofix attachments
  • 3 spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • 5 seat Interior (2nd row bench)
  • Auto dual-zone climate control system
  • Centre console with covered storage
  • Door lights
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
  • Floor mats
  • Front centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Front head restraints
  • Front trunk + rear trunk and 60/40 folding rear seats upto 894 storage
  • Glove compartment
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • HEPA air filtration system
  • LED ambient lighting
  • LED map reading lights
  • Parcel shelf
  • Pollen filter
  • Power adjustable steering wheel
  • Removable centre console
  • Supercharger access
  • Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection
  • Ventilated front and rear seats
  • Premium black artificial leather interior with dark headliner and carbon fiber trim (Available as no-cost option)
SAFETY
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS + traction control
  • Active safety technologies including collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking
  • Brake calipers in red
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • Four wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic parking brake
  • Front seatbelt pretensioner
  • Head airbags
  • Knee airbags
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
SECURITY
  • Anti theft alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry
TECHNICAL
  • Higher Amperage Charger Upgrade
  • Ludicrous speed upgrade
  • Smart air suspension
TRIM
  • Extended 'yachting floor' centre console trim
WHEELS
  • 19" Silver alloy wheels (Available as no-cost option)
ELECTRIC VEHICLE DATA
  • Battery Capacity in kWh:104

  • Battery Charge Slow kW:16.5

  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage:0-100

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes):360

  • Battery Charge Fast kW:50

  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage:0-100

  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes):120

  • Battery Charge Rapid kW:120

  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage:0-80

  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes):40

  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW:Not Available

  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage:Not Available

  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes):Not Available

  • Battery Leased:No

  • Battery Type:Lithium-ion

  • Coupler/Connector Type:Type 2

  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km:16.3

  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles:381

  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage:999999

  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years:8

  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb:19

  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb:3.3

  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb:639

  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb:396

EMISSIONS - ICE
  • CO:Not Available

  • CO2 (g/km):Data Not Available

  • HC:Not Available

  • HC+NOx:Not Available

  • Noise Level dB(A):Not Available

  • NOx:Not Available

  • Particles:Not Available

  • Standard Euro Emissions:Not Available

ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Camshaft:Not Available

  • Catalytic Convertor:Not Available

  • CC:1

  • Compression Ratio:Not Available

  • Cylinder Layout:Not Available

  • Cylinders:Not Available

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):Not Available

  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):Not Available

  • Engine Code:Not Available

  • Fuel Delivery:Not Available

  • Gears:1 SPEED

  • Number of Valves:Not Available

  • Transmission:AUTO

FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC Combined (mpg):Not Available

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:Not Available

  • EC Extra Urban (mpg):Not Available

  • EC Urban (mpg):Not Available

GENERAL
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:Yes

  • Badge Engine CC:Data Not Available

  • Badge Power:605

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Coin Description:Not Available

  • Coin Series:Perf Ludicrous

  • Generation Mark:1

  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:50U

  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:Not Available

  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Safety Assist %:Not Available

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Service Interval Frequency - Months:12

  • Service Interval Mileage:12000

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:50000

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:4

  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available

  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage:Not Available

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1

PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs):2.3

  • Engine Power - BHP:605

  • Engine Power - KW:451

  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:687

  • Engine Torque - MKG:95

  • Engine Torque - NM:931

  • Top Speed:162

TEST CYCLES
  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

TYRES
  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Size Front:245/45 R19

  • Tyre Size Rear:245/45 R19

  • Tyre Size Spare:Not Available

  • Wheel Style:SLIPSTREAM

  • Wheel Type:19" ALLOY

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Length:4979

  • Wheelbase:2960

  • Width:1964

  • Width (including mirrors):2187

WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):Not Available

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):1645

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):748

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:Not Available

  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:Not Available

  • No. of Seats:5

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:11.28

By Line

Unconvinced by electric vehicles? Wait until you try Tesla's Model S. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Here is an electric car with up to 379 miles of range, a model that can seat up to seven, has acceleration to demolish an Aston Martin and features zero tailpipe emissions. There's now a choice of either 'Long Range' or 'Performance' variants with 100 kWh battery outputs and either way, you get standard 'Dual Motor All Wheel Drive'. Here's what the future looks like - and it's cause for celebration.

Background

What do electric cars say to you? For the most part, they're rather inoffensive city scoots. Get one out on the open road and they're often only about half an hour from leaving you stranded on the hard shoulder with no juice. That's the way electric cars have been developed by big car companies. Tesla isn't a big car company. It has never been rooted in the culture of the internal combustion engine, so perhaps it's understandable that when it sets out to build an electric vehicle, things are a bit different. Co-founded by Paypal creator, Elon Musk, Tesla has been committed from the word go to changing how we think about electric vehicles. The Model S may look like a relatively conventional luxury car but it's anything but. It's a car that has the power to fundamentally alter the status quo in this sector. Electric power isn't just for small cars. It works really well with big ones too.

Driving Experience

What are the driving characteristics you'd look for in a big luxury car? We'd be looking for hushed refinement, a smooth step-off the line, instant acceleration as soon as you prod the throttle and the handling ability of a smaller car. The Tesla Model S delivers all of these things and more. The 2.2-tonne kerb weight hints at a rather portly demeanour but the Model S handles a good deal more sharply than you might imagine. The steering can be switched between three settings - Comfort, Normal and Sport - changing the weight of feel but not markedly adjusting the level of feedback. Ride quality is better than you'd expect from a vehicle running on 21-inch wheels. Air suspension is optional and worth having. As you'd expect from an EV, there's no gearbox as such, so power transfer is even smoother than the best automatic transmissions. That power comes courtesy of batteries developed by Panasonic which sit under the floor of the car, keeping the centre of gravity low, while the electric motor sits atop the rear axle. Tesla now only offers 100 kWh variants of this car. There are two variants on offer, the 'Long Range' model, which can offer a 379 miles WLTP rated driving range; and the 'Performance' version, where the driving range figure is WLTP-rated at 367 miles. Even with the base 'Long Range' version, sixty is just 3.7s away from rest, so you'll be looking at very rapid progress. All derivatives get standard Dual Motor All Wheel Drive, which gives you get two electric motors, one sitting on the front axle, the other driving from the rear. With the power spread around the drivetrain, you've of course got the perfect recipe for AWD traction. The same AWD set-up is used by the insane flagship 'Performance' variant. 'Insane' is a word we feel we have to use because it designates the most frantic of this top Tesla's three driving modes - the others being 'Normal' and 'Sport'. Go 'Insane' and 60mph is just 2.3s away from rest, courtesy of a 761bhp combined power output. As advertised, there's nothing else with four or five seats that can get remotely close to this kind of pace.

Design and Build

Tesla deliberately set out to style this car in a relatively conservative fashion so as not to alienate its core buyers. There's even a dummy air intake at the front. The car it most closely resembles in external dimension is a Porsche Panamera, but when you check the tape measure, you realise quite what a massive car this is. At 4978mm long, 1964mm wide and 1435mm high, it's 8mm longer, 33mm wider and 17mm taller than a Panamera, which is already a pretty sizeable hunk of automotive real estate. The width makes it feel a handful on narrow city streets but there's plenty of space inside. The car is a comfortable five-seater and can even be configured into a seven seat mode thanks to a pair of the cleverest rear-facing occasional seats we've ever seen. They flip out of the boot floor and while they may only be good for small kids, it's a trick that few will see coming. With no internal combustion engine to package, the Model S has storage front and rear totalling a massive 895-litres. Fold the rear seats flat and you get 1,642-litres of luggage capacity. The dashboard is dominated by a monster 17-inch colour touch pad display that controls everything from the air-conditioning to the air suspension. Parts quality inside is extremely good although the eagle-eyed amongst you might well spot some Mercedes-Benz switchgear. Still, that's no bad thing.

Market and Model

So, how much will you pay for this taste of your motoring future? A little more than used to be the case for a Model S because Tesla no longer offers this car with its feeblest 75 kWh battery. The larger 100 kWh battery features with the volume 'Long Range' version, which costs around £78,000 and includes the clever Dual Motor All Wheel Drive system that now comes as standard. Top of the range, priced from around £93,000, is the 'Model S Performance' derivative, one of the fastest and most unique cars in the world. You certainly get Performance, the 100 kWh battery here mated with an electric motor offering almost twice as much grunt - 761bhp! - and enough pulling power to ensure that the Dual Motor All Wheel Drive system will have its work cut out in transmitting the torque to the tarmac.

Cost of Ownership

Owning a Model S is different from conventionally powered vehicles. There's no petrol bill and service is minimal. The annual service fee covers an annual inspection, replacement parts like brake pads and windscreen wipers, 24 hour roadside assistance, system monitoring, remote diagnostics, software updates and new features sent through the touchscreen. It's possible to charge the battery half way in about 30 minutes using Tesla's 'supercharger' but as with most elements of this car, it requires a change in your way of thinking. The car responds best to nightly recharges, but will happily sit for a couple of weeks at an airport while you holiday without losing significant charge and the battery pack has no 'memory effect'. Over longer stationary periods, the batteries will slowly lose their charge. If left at a 0% state of charge for period of time, you may need a battery replacement. The batteries are guaranteed for 8 years with a full replacement billed at $12,000 USD. Tesla reckons that the 100kWh 'Long range' model can go 379 miles on the WLTP test (367 miles for the Performance version), but a realworld range is more in the region of 300 miles. Charging takes about 8 hours from a 7kW wallbox, but you can replenish the battery up to around half its capacity in about 30 minutes if you use a Tesla Supercharger station.

Summary

The Tesla Model S is a remarkable vehicle. It changes the way you'll view the whole concept of a motor car. As long as you're willing to alter your long-held preconceptions of what an automobile demands and, in turn, delivers, the Model S demonstrates that the genuinely practical electric vehicle has been achieved. Caveats are few. Yes, battery charging does require a little more thought than just topping up a tank and if a car is shared between a married couple for instance, you'll both need to be on the ball with it. Other than that, it's a tour de force. The interior is adventurous, the packaging ingenious, the styling sleek and mature in its execution. It's searingly rapid, wonderfully refined and rides and handles well. If this is the future of cars, bring it on. The internal combustion engine has had a good innings and certainly has charisma, but the Tesla Model S opens a window to a better way.