2016 Tesla Model SThe 2016 Tesla Model S is a luxury large car with state-of-the art electric technology and amazing acceleration. The top trim of the Model S can reach 0 – 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds! The Model S comes in either all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. The AWD is slightly quicker than the FWD.

The Model S has up to 532 horsepower, depending on the model and seats up to 5 people. It has phenomenal acceleration and a comfortable ride for all passengers. It comes with a large touch screen as standard on all models. The 2016 version of the Tesla Model S has a new exterior design and they’ve added the Model S 60 as the base trim.

As the technology used to power the Model S is fairly new there is a question over how long these cars will last. Some of the Model S rivals also feel more comfortable to drive. On the whole, though, the 2016 Tesla Model S is one of the best, if not the best luxury large car to drive.

Specs

Depending on the trim the Tesla Model S will have either one or two engines. The larger engine is at the back and the all-wheel drive models have a smaller engine at the front. The base model comes with a 60 kw-hour battery pack that makes 315 hp.

Range on the Model S is anywhere from 210 miles to 315 miles depending on the exact model. The base models have a top speed of 130 mph and the top trims can reach 150 mph. The P100D has the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade which allows it to reach 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.

Electric motors work differently from gasoline engines in that they produce more toque at lower speeds. This gives the Model S amazing launching power, allowing it to accelerate so quickly. From a stand still the P90D has 713 lbs. ft. of torque. The 2017 Mercedes SL65 AMG in comparison has 738 lbs. ft. of torque but only once you’re over 2,000 rpm.

Electric engines also don’t need gears like ordinary engines as the Model S can keep up the acceleration until it hits top speed. The range of the car is dependant on a number of factors including outside air temperature. The hotter the climate the more range you’ll get and cold temperatures will reduce the range.

Tesla upgraded the Model S mid 2016 and there are no mpg estimates on the new version yet. The older version, which is set up very similar to the new one has 101 mpg-e in the city and 107 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive versions have better economy. Charging the batteries can take a few hours but there are Tesla SuperCharging stations located throughout the US that can charge the Model S in around 30 minutes. Due to the way charging works, charging your car from 10% to 80% takes about the same time as charging from 80% to 100%.

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Interior

The interior of the 2016 Model S is different than most vehicles. It comes with a 17-inch touch screen which acts as the centerpiece of the cabin. Most features of the Model S can be controlled through this touch screen. The navigation system makes use of Google maps and is displayed in full-screen on the touch screen.

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Standard features include automatic keyless entry, maps and navigation, GPS-enabled Homelink, side collision avoidance, emergency braking and heated, power-folding side mirrors. The Model S ordinarily can hold up to 5 people but the Rear Facing Seats upgrade, which costs $3,000, will allow you to carry an extra 2 children in the back. These seats fold flat when not in use.

Price

Price for the 2016 Tesla Model S starts at $66,000 for the base model in rear-wheel drive. Upgrading to all-wheel drive will cost an extra $5,000. The top trim, the P100D with the 100 kWh battery will cost $134,500 but also has the best range of 315 miles.

Alternatives

The 2016 Tesla Model S is a pretty amazing car and one of the best luxury vehicles you can buy. Other top models in the large luxury car market are the 2016 Audi A7, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 and the 2016 BMW 6-Series.