The new Jaguar I-Pace is the first premium battery electric model from an established manufacturer and it’s only natural that the media will compare it against Tesla’s own models. Top Gear did exactly that, bringing a Tesla Model S 75D for a drag race against the electric Jaguar. And while the Model S isn’t the obvious rival to the I-Pace, it’s Tesla’s only model that’s priced around the same with the Jaguar, with the base Model X being significantly more expensive at £75,850 in the UK. The Jaguar I-Pace starts from £63,495 while the Tesla Model S P75D costs from £68,950, making it the cheaper option, at least before you start playing with the options. But the main reason we’re here isn’t to discuss pricing details but to see which of the two electric models is the faster on a straight line. The I-Pace offers 395hp (400PS) and 513lb-ft (696Nm) of torque, while the Tesla is packing 362hp (367PS) and 486lb-ft (659Nm) of … [Read more...] about Jaguar I-Pace Vs Tesla Model S 75D: Which EV Is The Quickest On A Straight Line?
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Revealed at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona is the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL – the new race-ready version of the Model S that will form the basis of the Electric Production Car Series. The electric powertrain seems to have been altered slightly to produce 778 horsepower (585 kW) and 734 lb-ft (995 Nm) of torque. With the cockpit stripped out for competition, the organizers say it’ll run to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.1 seconds and top out at 250 km/h (155 mph). As you can see from the pictures, the bodywork seems to have been modified as well, with blistered wheel arches and a racing-spec aero kit to help keep the car glued to the track through the corners. A full grid of these cars will be deployed in a 10-race season. Rounds will be held in Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Portugal, with the last race to be held at the end of October 2019 at Vallelunga on the outskirts of Rome. The series will be supported by an electric karting championship and an … [Read more...] about Electric Racing Tesla Model S P100DL Unveiled At Catalunya
Ignore all the persistent problems for the Tesla Model 3 and focus on what it’s meant to be: the electric car much of the middle classes could afford, and should want. Things aren’t really going as planned for the car, which is amazing considering how relatively smooth the Model S’s birth was. Funnily enough, Model Ss have become mainstream-affordable, for the well-paid middle classes. Demand is strong so residual values are too, but while the troubled Model 3 starts at $35,000 in the US, you can now put a UK-spec Model S on your drive for £36,000. Less, if you haggle. That’s the same sort of price as a base-spec Mercedes E-Class, but with free mileage for life. Born into an ethos that saw constant evolution, from power upgrades to over-the-airwaves software additions, the Model S was a vision of an electric car future. And we liked it, despite it being about the same size as Belgium. It delivers a serious kick of acceleration, a tech-focused interior and … [Read more...] about This Used Tesla Model S Is A Surprising Alternative To A New E-Class
► 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