Tesla Model S


    Introducing a car so advanced it sets the new standard for premium performance. At the heart of the vehicle is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience.

    With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world’s best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a sedan.

    Tesla’s advanced electric powertrain delivers exhilarating performance. Unlike the internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving pieces that spark, pump, belch, and groan, the Tesla motor has only one moving piece: the rotor. As a result, Model S acceleration is instantaneous, like flipping a switch. Hit the accelerator. In 5.4 seconds, Model S is traveling 60 miles per hour, without hesitation and without a drop of gasoline.


    The Model S suspension system was developed for the unique architecture of Model S. It works in harmony with the rigid and light Tesla platform to provide precision handling and optimum comfort. Unencumbered by an engine, the lightweight front suspension optimizes wheel control. The rear multi-link suspension is designed to seamlessly integrate with the powertrain.

    Model S offers exceptional grip and comfort in cold weather. Its low inertia, all electric drivetrain allows the traction control system to adjust almost instantaneously to road conditions, providing precise grip that is comparable to many all wheel drive cars in snow or ice. Our mobile app offers convenient access to the car’s climate control system so that you can preheat your Model S from your Android phone or iPhone before you drive, meaning you’ll always have a comfortable cabin in even the coldest weather.

    Much more than a great ride and handling package, the Smart Air Suspension combines automatic advantages with on-demand features. As Model S accelerates, it lowers the vehicle for optimized aerodynamics and increased range. Use the touchscreen to raise or lower Model S when traversing thick snow or pulling into steep driveways.

    Electronic Power Steering automatically reacts to driving conditions to stay comfortable and responsive at all speeds. The feedback is so precise, you’ll feel constantly connected to the road.


    Model S Performance takes electric performance to the next level. Equipped with the 85 kilowatt-hour battery and a high performance drive inverter, Model S Performance accelerates to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. If driven the same way as Model S, both cars achieve the same efficiency thanks to the unique powertrain design.

    Performance Plus takes one of the world’s best sedans into supercar handling territory, while also improving ride quality and range. After hundreds of iterations affecting every detail of the suspension, our vehicle dynamics team was able to achieve the rare outcome of simultaneously improving performance, comfort and efficiency. In addition to upgraded dampers, bushings, stabilizer bars and tires (Michelin Pilot Sport PS2), the rear tires are 20 mm wider and staggered for improved acceleration on low grip surfaces.


    Model S sets the bar for electric driving range. Model S is offered with three battery options, each delivering unprecedented range. All three batteries are contained within the same enclosure, integrating with the vehicle in the same way, providing structural, aerodynamic, and handling advantages. All three batteries use automotive-grade lithium-ion cells arranged for optimum energy density, thermal management, and safety.


    Model S comes standard with everything you need to plug into the most common 240-volt outlet, standard 120-volt wall outlets and public stations. Using a high-amperage 240-volt outlet, Model S can be recharged at the rate of 29 miles of range per hour. A fifty-percent charge in as little as 20 minutes can be achieved with a Tesla Supercharger.

    Ask Tesla owners how long it takes to charge and they’ll say just a few moments. Like they do with a cell phone, most Tesla owners plug in at night. By morning, their battery is completely recharged.

    “Model S epitomizes efficiency, embodying the grace and performance of a world-class athlete. Its sculpted form expresses a constant state of speed and motion.”

    – Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer


    With the All Glass Panoramic Roof, Model S is the only sedan capable of delivering a convertible-like drive experience every day. It’s more than a sunroof: the entire roof is constructed from lightweight safety glass. With a simple swipe of the Touchscreen, it opens wider than any other sedan’s panoramic roof. On even the hottest days, the innovative glass keeps the cabin comfortable


    Scan the streamlined body panels and you’ll discover that Model S lacks a fuel door. Approach the driver’s side taillight holding a connector, press the button, and something surprising happens: a triangle opens to reveal a small charge port. The connectors enable, from one Tesla-designed port, rapid charging as well as charging from 240 volt and 110 volt outlets.


    As you approach, the Tesla key commands the door handle to unlock, waiting for a simple tap to present itself. With it in your pocket, Model S turns on as you buckle in to the driver’s seat.


    Every millimeter of Model S is designed to reduce drag. The door handles are no exception. When not in use, the handles retract into the body, streamlining airflow. When a driver approaches the vehicle with the key, the handles slide out and unlatch with a simple touch.


    Model S is a driver’s car. Behind the wheel, you’ll notice that Tesla has combined meticulous noise engineering with Tesla’s uniquely quiet powertrain to obtain the sound dynamics of a recording studio. The gem of the interior is the 17” touchscreen. It puts rich content at your fingertips and provides mobile connectivity.

    The touchscreen, digital instrument cluster, and steering wheel controls seamlessly integrate media, navigation, communications, cabin controls and vehicle data. From the moment you open the door, the high-resolution Model S touchscreen

    powers on and returns to its last function. The most commonly used controls line the bottom of the screen for easy access any time and connectivity keeps you connected while on the go.


    The battery is a rigid, high-
    performance structure in its own right. But when married to the state-of-the-art body structure, Model S achieves even higher torsional rigidity and a lower center of gravity. The battery itself is designed for safety. Liquid-cooled, the battery maintains consistent temperatures

    to prevent cells from overheating. In the event of a crash, the battery structure protects cells from impact and automatically disconnects the power supply. The battery not only protects its contents, but its position augments the overall strength of the passenger cabin.


    The Model S body is a state-of-the-art, aluminum-intensive design. Weight-saving benefits make aluminum a natural choice. Extrusions, stampings, and castings are expertly joined for rigidity and strength. A rigid and strong structure not only protects you and your passengers, but also contributes to overall control behind the wheel.

    Unhindered by an internal combustion engine, the front of the car is optimized for occupant safety. Perfectly straight double-octagonal rails run along the bottom of the structure and are designed to absorb the energy of impact should one occur. High-strength steel is used in key areas to enhance occupant safety.

    EIGHT AIRBAGS: Model S is equipped with airbags throughout to keep the most precious cargo safe. RIGID OCCUPANT CELL: High-strength steel is combined with aluminum to augment safety. NO ENGINE: The front crumple zone is optimized for safety in ways not possible in conventional cars.


    Model S Traction Control is designed to ensure maximum contact between the road and the tires. Whether you are accelerating off the line, zooming along the winding roads of the Rockies or find yourself in a Gulf Coast rainstorm, Traction Control prevents loss of traction and maintains control. Stability Control reacts in moments of under-steer or over-steer by reducing torque and applying the brakes to individual wheels for enhanced control when cornering.



    With no tailpipe to spew harmful emissions, Tesla vehicles liberate their owners from the petroleum-burning paradigm. They are the only cars to get more efficient from the moment they’re first driven.

    Gasoline-powered vehicles and hybrids burn refined petroleum. Tesla vehicles can use electricity however it is produced, be it from coal, solar, hydro, geothermal, or wind power. As the grid shifts to increasingly efficient technologies, Tesla owners reap the efficiency benefits.

    “Model S is a remarkably important car. This car shows that it can be done and it will be done.”
    Chris Paine | Director, Who Killed the Electric Car

    Additional Dimensions

    Head room (front/rear): 38.8/35.3″
    Leg room (front/rear): 42.7/35.4″
    Shoulder room (front/rear): 57.7/55.0″
    Hip room (front/rear): 55.0/54.7″
    Seating capacity: 5 adults
    Total cargo volume: 31.6 cu ft
    Rear cargo volume (seats up/down): 26.3/58.1 cu ft
    Front trunk cargo volume: 5.3 cu ft
    Turning circle: 37 ft
    Curb weight: 4,647.3 lbs
    Weight distribution (%, front/rear): approx. 48/52


    Lightweight aluminum body reinforced with high strength, boron steel elements
    UV and infrared blocking safety glass windshield
    Rain sensing, adjustable speed windshield wipers
    Frameless, tempered safety glass front windows
    Solar absorbing, laminated safety glass rear window with defroster
    Flush mounted door handles
    Manual folding side mirrors
    19″ aluminum alloy wheels with all-season tires (Goodyear Eagle RS-A2 245/45R19)
    Aluminum roof
    Xenon headlights with automatic on/off
    Backlit side turn signals, front side marker lights and rear reflex lights
    LED rear taillights and high-mounted LED stop lamp


    Model S is a rear wheel drive electric vehicle. The liquid-cooled powertrain includes the battery, motor, drive inverter, and gear box.
    60 kWh microprocessor controlled, lithium-ion battery
    Three phase, four pole AC induction motor with copper rotor
    Drive inverter with variable frequency drive and regenerative braking system
    Single speed fixed gear with 9.73:1 reduction ratio

    Suspension, Steering, and Brakes

    Double wishbone, virtual steer axis coil spring front suspension and independent multi-link coil spring rear suspension
    Variable ratio, speed sensitive, rack and pinion electronic power steering
    Electronic Stability Control
    Traction Control
    Anti-Lock disc brakes (ABS) with ventilated rotors and electronically actuated parking brake; front: 355 mm x 32 mm; rear: 365 mm x 28 mm


    10 kW capable on-board charger with the following input compatibility: 85-265 V, 45-65 Hz, 1-40 A (Optional 20 kW capable Twin Chargers increases input compatibility to 80 A)
    Peak charger efficiency of 92%
    10 kW capable Universal Mobile Connector with 110 V, 240 V, and J1772 adapters


    Twelve way, power adjustable, heated front seats
    Hand wrapped microfiber and synthetic leather interior surfaces in black
    Piano black décor accents
    Center armrest with two cup holders
    Open center console storage area
    Metal interior door handles
    60/40 split fold-down second row seats
    200 watt, seven speaker stereo system with AM/FM/HD radio. Supports MP3, AAC, and MP4 music formats. System includes four speakers, two tweeters and one center channel speaker.


    17″ capacitive touchscreen with media, communication, cabin, and vehicle controls
    Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling and streaming music
    Three spoke, multi-function steering wheel with tactile controls
    Tire pressure monitoring system


    Four year or 50,000 mile, whichever comes first, new vehicle limited warranty
    60 kWh battery has an eight year or 125,000 mile, whichever comes first, battery warranty
    85 kWh battery has an eight year, unlimited mile battery warranty
    Both battery warranties cover damage from improper charging procedures and battery fire, even if the fire results from driver error


    Keyless entry
    Driver seat detection sensor for start/stop functionality
    Cruise Control
    High definition backup camera
    Manual rear liftgate
    Power tilt and telescopic steering column
    Power windows featuring one-touch up and down with resistance reversing to protect against pinched fingers
    Micro-filter ventilation system with replaceable filters
    Front LED map lights and rear LED reading lights
    Front sun visors
    Front trunk and rear cargo area with keyless open
    12 V power outlet
    Automatic climate control with dual zone temperature settings, air distribution controls and recirculation
    Glove compartment
    Wi-Fi ready
    Dual front USB ports for media and power


    Eight airbags: head, knee and pelvis airbags in the front plus two side curtain airbags
    Driver and front passenger seat sensors
    Driver seat position sensor
    Three point driver and front passenger safety belts with retractor pretensioners and secondary lap anchor pretensioners and load limiters
    Three point second row safety belts for all three seats
    Acoustic front row safety belt warning
    Rollover crash sensor
    Crash sensor for high voltage disconnect
    Three second row LATCH attachments for child seat installations (accommodates three child seats simultaneously: two with LATCH and one with top tether and belt)
    Rear door child safety locks
    Interior, manual release mechanism for all doors, front trunk, and rear cargo area
    Anti-theft alarm and immobilizer system
    Horn. Beep. Beep.

    Tesla Model S: The most stylish car in Switzerland

    “Model S voted as the most stylish car of the year 2014 in Switzerland”
    — Blick, December 4, 2013

    Model S: Car of the Year 2014 in Norway

    “For juryen var det umulig å kåre en annen bil enn Tesla Model S til Årets Bil 2014.”
    — Dagbladet, November 26, 2013

    Consumer Reports’ best car ever tested

    “Consumer Reports is calling the Tesla Model S the best car it has ever tested. The Model S, an all-electric plug-in car, earned a score of 99 out of a possible 100 in the magazine’s tests.”
    — CNN, May 9, 2013

    Model S: The car of the future

    “In the future, this new Tesla Model S electric car might just be remembered alongside the Mini or the Ford Model T as an automotive game-changer.”
    — The Telegraph, November 20, 2012

    Tesla Model S: Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year

    “For the first time since anyone can remember, this year’s winner was a unanimous choice. Not a single judge had any doubts about the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year”
    — Motor Trend, November 12, 2012

    2013 Automobile of the Year: Tesla Model S

    “It’s the performance that won us over,” admits editor-in-chief Jean Jennings. “The crazy speed builds silently and then pulls back the edges of your face. It had all of us endangering our licenses.”
    — Automobile Magazine, November 1, 2012

    Tesla Model S: The 2013 Yahoo! Autos Car of the Year

    “Tesla has erased long-perceived limitations of electric cars (poor range, small size, spartan interiors) and, going where no established automaker has yet to tread, creating an uncompromised yet practical object of desire.”
    — Yahoo! Autos, October 31, 2012

    One Big Step for Tesla, One Giant Leap for E.V.’s

    “Model S is simultaneously stylish, efficient, roomy, crazy fast, high-tech and all electric.”
    — The New York Times, September 28, 2012

    A 4-Day Test Drive of the Tesla S — Elon Musk’s Tesla S

    “It’s more exhilarating than anything I’ve driven out of Sant’Agata, Stuttgart or even Maranello.”
    — Wired, September 24, 2012

    2012 Tesla Model S

    “Sleek and sexy from just about any angle, the Model S cheats the wind with a stunningly low .24 drag coefficient.”
    — Autoblog, September 11, 2012