Back in October, we had the chance to get up close with the first two Tesla vehicles to be brought in to Malaysia via official channels – the exclusive preview of the vehicles, both rear-wheel drive Model S 85 versions offered not just a comprehensive photo gallery but also a chance to get an initial feel of the car, albeit in limited scope, given that the cars hadn’t been registered at that point. Last month, through a special arrangement, we were again invited to have another go with the car for a day, the road-going session offering a better insight into its character and workings in real-world conditions. A recap on timelines and perspective, for those still unaware of the unique manner in which Tesla vehicles are set to be deployed in the country. The two S 85s are essentially the lead elements of a programme initiated by Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia), one that will see Teslas being made available here through a leasing scheme. The main … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Tesla Model S 85
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The Tesla Model S P90D was already a really quick beast, and now the electric automaker has gone one further with a 100 kWh battery pack for the Model S, coming together as the new Tesla Model S P100D. The enlarged-capacity battery pack boosts the Model S’ 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint performance, shortening the elapsed time to 2.5 seconds from the P90D’s 2.7s. On those figures, the automaker claims that the Model S P100D (only available in dual-motor AWD layout, with Ludicrous mode) is the world’s quickest-accelerating vehicle currently on sale, as it says cars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari are already sold out of their limited production runs. More usefully, the new 100 kWh battery pack increases range on the Model S to 613 km in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) cycle, or 507 km under the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) test, making it the the first EV to go beyond 300 miles (482 km) and the longest range production EV by far, … [Read more...] about New Tesla Model S P100D with 100 kWh battery is the ‘quickest production car in the world’
International Armoring, the company that helped build Rezvani’s tanklike armored SUV, has now put its protective touch on a Tesla Model S. Without changing the appearance of the sleek electric vehicle, the company’s Armormax lightweight armoring division has modified the Tesla to shield it from both ballistic and bioweapon attacks. So, while Elon Musk’s reputation continues to take hits during his struggles to produce the Model 3, anybody inside this armored Model S is safe from the haters. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below As the Model S has grown in popularity, we’ve seen a variety of alterations to the family four-door. Aftermarket customizers have built Model S shooting brakes, coupes, and convertibles, so this armored Tesla should come as no major surprise, given the car’s popularity among wealthy, high-profile individuals.International Armoring’s modifications endeavor to protect both the vehicle’s key mechanicals and the … [Read more...] about Bulletproof Tesla Model S Can Shield Against Ballistic and Bio Attacks
► CAR lives with a used Tesla► Model S long-term test review► Comment below if you own one! Electric cars aren't supposed to be much fun in winter: they run out of range and all that electric grunt can prove treacherous in snowy conditions. And yet our new Tesla daily driver has been pressed into daily action throughout what has proved to be one of the coldest, iciest winters of recent years.Bedecked, appropriately enough, in a solid white paint job, our 85D has the benefit of all-wheel drive from the dual motors and the added traction this delivers has been welcome. Ours is shod with summer Continental ContiSportContacts and despite the lack of winter tyres, it has felt surprisingly surefooted when driving in icy conditions, and even on compacted snow. I've been impressed: the traction control and ESP lights haven't flickered on once, even on the slipperiest of conditions.We had quite a skiddy moment last winter when CAR was running a (rear-wheel … [Read more...] about What’s it like to own a Tesla Model S in winter?
► CAR lives with a used Tesla► Model S long-term test review► Comment below if you own one! After the build-up, the research, the endless questions from mates and mums, the time has finally come. CAR magazine has collected our approved used Model S from Tesla’s UK headquarters and has become a fully signed-up member of the Tesla fraternity.The HQ in west London doubles up as the London Heathrow dealership and we sat alongside a handful of owners popping in to collect their own purchases and service their electric vehicles. There’s a cool, calm, premium vibe percolating the showroom, which is sparsely furnished with minimalist furniture, Apple Macs and displays showcasing the various charging solutions available to private customers.So far, so typical of any premium garage - but one distinguishing feature is the clientele. Tesla seemingly has a broad appeal, but there’s a strong interest from older, wiser, wealthier motorists, it … [Read more...] about It’s arrived! The start of our Tesla Model S long-term test review