The dawn of the 21st century could quite possibly be considered the
dawn of electric performance. The good ole days of cheap fossil
fuels seemed to be long gone, but enthusiasts still thrived. And a
new generation of gearheads started musing about flashy,
technological tour de forces like this incredible Tesla Model S.
Wrapping futuristic technology in minimalistic design, the Model S
is an elite offering that makes no qualms about catering to a
specific clientele. Because of that, most of these luxurious
showboats are in the hands of diehard enthusiasts. And, as any
green car fan will tell you, joining that club, with a relatively
new car with relatively few miles, usually translates to a 6-figure
price of admission. That is, until now...
To understand the hype around Tesla Motors, you have to understand the company's stated purpose. While Tesla, like any commercial entity, strives to create a profitable product, the purpose of its formation was to view mobility in a different light. Not so ironically, light is kind of where it all started. As we all know, Nikola Tesla was a brilliant inventor who championed alternating current electricity. But as all of us also know, the winners write the history books. Because of that, Thomas Edison, an equally brilliant inventor, was for decades considered the father of electricity. So, the whole idea behind Tesla Motors is to challenge the status quo. And when a corporation creates a solid product to do the challenging, they often become tastemakers.
The Model S wears a wind-whittled body that would look right at home in a space where simplistic and curvaceous sports cars still dominate the landscape. Of course, that's not by coincidence since Franz von Holzhausen, the car's creator, rose to prominence penning elegant icons like the Pontiac Solstice, Volkswagen's New Beetle and Mazda's slick Kabura concept. This sedan's glossy Solid Black paint is highlighted by classy, polished trim that includes standard blind spot cameras, power-operated mirrors and retractable, wind-cheating door handles. An optional panoramic glass roof filters tinted sunlight on all four passengers, while an optional sunroof rains natural light on the front two passengers. An optional Subzero Weather Package manifests in nifty wiper defrosters and heated washer nozzles. And attractive LED lighting utilizes 3-position adaptive technology to increase safety during inclement weather and nighttime travel.
The idea of an electric car is nothing new. Pioneers like the 1907 Detroit Electric and 1996 GM EV1 introduced alternative energy vehicles to the masses. What makes Tesla's first noteworthy offering so interesting is its incredible combination of range and performance. On a full charge, this 75 can cruise up to 259 miles, making anxiety about a typical driver's 35-mile average commute seem laughable. That said, if your trip requires more distance, Tesla has installed a number of Supercharger stations throughout the country that can top-off the Model S in mere minutes. That ever-growing charging network is a serious advantage in the electric car wars; since no other OEM offers a network of chargers, and most other electrics take substantially longer to charge. All told, this Model S creates a stout 518 horsepower on its way to an impressive 4.2-second 0 to 60 sprint. And the thrill of all that instantaneous torque catapults the car to a top speed of 140 MPH.
All that technological whiz-bang rolls on a lightweight aluminum frame, which positions the car's batteries in the efficient 'skateboard' layout touted by many futuristic automotive concepts. That frame rides a fully independent suspension, which utilizes Tesla's optional self-adjusting Smart Air Suspension to lower the car's height at speed. That suspension is motivated by two electric drive units, one up front and one out back, that, with the help of electronic traction and stability control, produce all the characteristics of traditional all-wheel-drive performance. Electronic power steering makes sure this relatively large sedan feels compact and maneuverable. Regenerative Braking is provided by four "TESLA" branded calipers, which utilize standard ABS to squeeze four vented discs. And at the corners, optional Turbine Wheels spin 245/35ZR21 Continental ContiSportContacts in front of 265/35ZR21 Continental ContiSportContacts.
Probably the most convenient trait of this striking Tesla is its luxurious Black Premium interior. 12-way power seats, dressed in supple leather hides, feature memory for the car's driver and heat for all four occupants. A simple dash, dressed in Tesla's optional Carbon Fiber D�cor, founds digital telemetry next to a 17-inch captive touchscreen. In traditional Silicon Valley fashion, that screen commands a plethora of the car's functions, including dual-zone climate control, a high-definition backup camera, real-time navigation and optional Ultra High Fidelity Sound. At the sides of that dash, French-stitched doors frame Automatic Keyless Entry and 1-touch power windows. In front of the driver, a heated, flat-bottom steering wheel spins standard voice activation and handsfree Bluetooth around a small gear selector and a power-adjustable column. There's ample storage space, thanks to both front and rear trunks. Safety is industry leading, with a suite of 10 airbags joining Automatic Emergency Braking and collision avoidance software. And as you might expect, this Model S features a host of premium technology, including Enhanced Autopilot, Full Self-Driving Capability, Mobile App Control, GPS-enabled HomeLink and built-in Wi-Fi.
There are many different forms of car enthusiast, and at RK Motors Charlotte, a place built for enthusiasts by enthusiasts, we celebrate all things automotive. Whenever we post unique, low-mileage offerings like this crisp Model S, they sell almost immediately. So, if you're a gearhead who enjoys something a bit different, it's time to be as fast as this Tesla is exclusive!
Only 9,391 miles
Optional Enhanced Autopilot / Optional Full Self-Driving Capability / Real-time navigation
Black leather interior / Optional Premium Upgrade Package / Optional Carbon Fiber Decor
Dual-zone climate control / Heated front and rear seats / Heated steering wheel
Optional Ultra High Fidelity Sound / Optional Subzero Weather Package
Optional Smart Air Suspension / Optional 21-inch Turbine Wheels
518 horsepower / 259-mile range / All-wheel-drive
Solid Black paint / Optional panoramic roof / Optional sunroof
4-wheel disc Regenerative Braking
Electric power steering