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If you thought electric cars were all environmental piety and no fun, the Tesla Model S will quickly make you reconsider. Everything about it is designed to indulge, from the sports car performance to the sleek looks and jaw-dropping onboard technology.
All versions have four-wheel drive, and you can choose from three power outputs, with the range-topping P100D model featuring a Ludicrous Plus mode that will allow it to blast from 0-60mph in just 2.5sec.
But it’s not all about speed with the Model S; the 100D version has an official maximum range of 393 miles (dropping slightly to 381 miles for the 'ludicrous' P100D) and even the entry-level 75D should do up to 304 miles between charges.
That industry-leading range is a result of the Model S’s huge battery pack, which needs 30 hours to charge from flat via a domestic three-pin socket. However, get a proper charging socket installed at home or use one of the many roadside charging points and that time drops dramatically. And if you use one of Tesla’s pioneering Superchargers, located everywhere from shopping centres to service stations, you can get an 80% recharge in just 30 minutes.
So, that’s the basic rundown of the Model S. But how does it compare to its chief electric car rival, the Jaguar I-Pace? And is it a genuine alternative to conventionally powered rivals, which include anything from the BMW 6 Series GT to the Porsche Panamera? Read on over the next few pages and we’ll let you know.
And if you do want to take the plunge with a Model S, head over to our new car deals page, where you can get a significant saving over the list price.
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