2013 Tesla Model S Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What's New for 2013:

  • Lower-priced standard and Performance models enter production
  • Less powerful, and less expensive, battery options offered
  • Tesla claims 13,000 people have reserved the Model S worldwide

Exterior Features
The Tesla Model S is an award-winning electric car with an EPA-rated maximum driving range of 265 miles. It was conceived and built by Elon Musk, the same entrepreneur behind Space X, the company that now delivers payload to the International Space Station following the retirement of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

The Tesla Model S is sold in standard, Performance, Signature, and Signature Performance trim levels. The Signature and Signature Performance variants offer exclusive paint, interior and trim selections.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch aluminum wheels, a choice between a black and a body-color roof treatment, power-retractable door handles, rain-sensing wipers, LED running lights, and LED taillights. Tesla calls the car's front cargo compartment a \"frunk,\" which offers 5.8 cubic feet of storage at the front of the car.

Interior Features
The Tesla Model S is a 5-passenger luxury hatchback available with optional third-row jump seats suitable for children under the age of 10. Including the \"frunk,\" the Tesla Model S carries 31.6 cubic feet of cargo at the same time that it is transporting 5 passengers. Fold the rear seat, and the car can hold 58.1 cubic feet of cargo.

Standard equipment includes 8-way power front seats wrapped in black cloth, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and cabin materials rendered in microfiber, synthetic leather, and piano black paneling. Digital instrumentation is standard, and the 17-inch color capacitive-touch in-dash control panel screen includes navigation, mobile Wi-Fi service, Internet browsing, smartphone connectivity with Bluetooth calling and music streaming, and dual USB ports. The 7-speaker audio system includes HD Radio and flash memory storage for 500 songs.

Optional Features
In addition to several battery options, the Tesla Model S is offered with two option packages. The Tech package adds xenon headlights, LED fog lights, high-definition reversing camera, power rear liftgate, keyless entry, auto-dimming side mirrors, universal garage door opener, and a turn-by-turn navigation service. The Sound Studio package includes a 580-watt, 12-speaker premium audio system, satellite radio, and a hard-drive music server with storage space for 3,000 songs.

Additional options for the standard Model S include metallic and premium paint, panoramic glass sunroof, active air suspension, silver-finish 21-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires, Nappa leather upholstery, rear-facing third-row jump seats, cargo cover, and protective paint film for the front of the car. Tesla also offers a high-power wall connector and onboard twin chargers to speed charging time at home.

The Tesla Model S Performance includes the most powerful battery offered for the car, plus Supercharger compatibility, gray-finish 21-inch aluminum wheels, active air suspension, and leather seats with contrast piping and Alcantara trim. Unique options for this model include a carbon fiber rear lip spoiler and carbon fiber interior trim. Otherwise, the extra-cost equipment list is similar to the standard model.

The Tesla Model S Signature and Signature Performance models are equipped with everything except for the panoramic glass sunroof, third-row jump seats, high-power wall connector for faster charging at home, and paint armor. They are offered in an exclusive Signature Red metallic paint.

Under the Hood

The Tesla Model S is rear-wheel drive, powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction electric motor with a copper rotor and a single-speed fixed gear with a 9.73:1 reduction ratio. Electricity is supplied by the buyer's choice of a 40-, 60-, or 85-kWh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack.* All battery packs are liquid cooled.

The standard 40-kWh battery provides a 160-mile range on a full charge, accelerates the car to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and provides a top speed of 110 mph. With the standard charging equipment and a 120-volt household power outlet, this battery recharges in 5.2 hours.**

In exchange for $10,000, buyers can upgrade to a 60-kWh battery offering a maximum driving range of 230 miles, acceleration to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, a top speed of 120 mph, and optional compatibility with Tesla's growing Supercharger quick-charge network.*** Standard recharging time is 7.2 hours.**

An 85-kWh battery is available for $20,000. Tesla says it provides 300 miles of driving range, accelerates the Model S to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, achieves a top velocity of 125 mph, and provides standard Supercharger compatibility. With the standard recharging system, it takes 9.7 hours to juice this battery.**

Performance and Signature Performance models are equipped with the 85-kWh battery and a high-performance driver inverter, producing acceleration to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph, according to Tesla.

*Claimed driving range supplied by Tesla, and assumes a constant 55-mph driving speed under ideal conditions.

**Recharging time is cut in half with a 240-volt power source.

***Using a Tesla Supercharger station, the battery pack receives a 50% charge in 30 minutes.

Fuel Economy Equivalent
As rated by the EPA, the Tesla Model S is expected to achieve these Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe) estimates: 88/90/89 MPGe (city/highway/combined).

Safety

The Tesla Model S is equipped with 8 air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel ventilated disc anti-lock brakes. A standard-definition reversing camera is included for base and Performance models, while the Signature and Signature Performance models have a high-definition reversing camera.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Tesla Model S.

What's New for 2013:

  • Lower-priced standard and Performance models enter production
  • Less powerful, and less expensive, battery options offered
  • Tesla claims 13,000 people have reserved the Model S worldwide

Exterior Features
The Tesla Model S is an award-winning electric car with an EPA-rated maximum driving range of 265 miles. It was conceived and built by Elon Musk, the same entrepreneur behind Space X, the company that now delivers payload to the International Space Station following the retirement of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

The Tesla Model S is sold in standard, Performance, Signature, and Signature Performance trim levels. The Signature and Signature Performance variants offer exclusive paint, interior and trim selections.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch aluminum wheels, a choice between a black and a body-color roof treatment, power-retractable door handles, rain-sensing wipers, LED running lights, and LED taillights. Tesla calls the car's front cargo compartment a \"frunk,\" which offers 5.8 cubic feet of storage at the front of the car.

Interior Features
The Tesla Model S is a 5-passenger luxury hatchback available with optional third-row jump seats suitable for children under the age of 10. Including the \"frunk,\" the Tesla Model S carries 31.6 cubic feet of cargo at the same time that it is transporting 5 passengers. Fold the rear seat, and the car can hold 58.1 cubic feet of cargo.

Standard equipment includes 8-way power front seats wrapped in black cloth, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and cabin materials rendered in microfiber, synthetic leather, and piano black paneling. Digital instrumentation is standard, and the 17-inch color capacitive-touch in-dash control panel screen includes navigation, mobile Wi-Fi service, Internet browsing, smartphone connectivity with Bluetooth calling and music streaming, and dual USB ports. The 7-speaker audio system includes HD Radio and flash memory storage for 500 songs.

Optional Features
In addition to several battery options, the Tesla Model S is offered with two option packages. The Tech package adds xenon headlights, LED fog lights, high-definition reversing camera, power rear liftgate, keyless entry, auto-dimming side mirrors, universal garage door opener, and a turn-by-turn navigation service. The Sound Studio package includes a 580-watt, 12-speaker premium audio system, satellite radio, and a hard-drive music server with storage space for 3,000 songs.

Additional options for the standard Model S include metallic and premium paint, panoramic glass sunroof, active air suspension, silver-finish 21-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires, Nappa leather upholstery, rear-facing third-row jump seats, cargo cover, and protective paint film for the front of the car. Tesla also offers a high-power wall connector and onboard twin chargers to speed charging time at home.

The Tesla Model S Performance includes the most powerful battery offered for the car, plus Supercharger compatibility, gray-finish 21-inch aluminum wheels, active air suspension, and leather seats with contrast piping and Alcantara trim. Unique options for this model include a carbon fiber rear lip spoiler and carbon fiber interior trim. Otherwise, the extra-cost equipment list is similar to the standard model.

The Tesla Model S Signature and Signature Performance models are equipped with everything except for the panoramic glass sunroof, third-row jump seats, high-power wall connector for faster charging at home, and paint armor. They are offered in an exclusive Signature Red metallic paint.

Under the Hood

The Tesla Model S is rear-wheel drive, powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction electric motor with a copper rotor and a single-speed fixed gear with a 9.73:1 reduction ratio. Electricity is supplied by the buyer's choice of a 40-, 60-, or 85-kWh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack.* All battery packs are liquid cooled.

The standard 40-kWh battery provides a 160-mile range on a full charge, accelerates the car to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and provides a top speed of 110 mph. With the standard charging equipment and a 120-volt household power outlet, this battery recharges in 5.2 hours.**

In exchange for $10,000, buyers can upgrade to a 60-kWh battery offering a maximum driving range of 230 miles, acceleration to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, a top speed of 120 mph, and optional compatibility with Tesla's growing Supercharger quick-charge network.*** Standard recharging time is 7.2 hours.**

An 85-kWh battery is available for $20,000. Tesla says it provides 300 miles of driving range, accelerates the Model S to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, achieves a top velocity of 125 mph, and provides standard Supercharger compatibility. With the standard recharging system, it takes 9.7 hours to juice this battery.**

Performance and Signature Performance models are equipped with the 85-kWh battery and a high-performance driver inverter, producing acceleration to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph, according to Tesla.

*Claimed driving range supplied by Tesla, and assumes a constant 55-mph driving speed under ideal conditions.

**Recharging time is cut in half with a 240-volt power source.

***Using a Tesla Supercharger station, the battery pack receives a 50% charge in 30 minutes.

Fuel Economy Equivalent
As rated by the EPA, the Tesla Model S is expected to achieve these Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe) estimates: 88/90/89 MPGe (city/highway/combined).

Safety

The Tesla Model S is equipped with 8 air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel ventilated disc anti-lock brakes. A standard-definition reversing camera is included for base and Performance models, while the Signature and Signature Performance models have a high-definition reversing camera.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Tesla Model S.

Available Trims for the 2013 Tesla Model S
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 4dr Sdn Transmission MSRP 69900.00 Engine City/Hwy MPG 0/0
Name Performance (4dr Sdn) Transmission MSRP 89900.00 Engine City/Hwy MPG 0/0

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INTERIOR
  • Black, Fabric seat trim
  • Piano black decor accents
  • AM/FM/MP3 200-watt stereo -inc: HD radio, 17-inch touchscreen, dual USB ports, WiFi-enabled, 500-song flash storage, (7) speakers, clock, aux audio jack, voice activation, wireless streaming, Bluetooth
  • Full floor console w/covered storage
  • Full carpet floor covering w/carpeted floor mats
  • Instrumentation -inc: traction battery level, trip computer, outside temp gauge, systems monitor, compass
  • 8-way pwr-adjustable front seats
  • Cloth/leatherette front bucket seats
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats
  • 3-spoke pwr-adjustable tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Remote keyless entry w/remote start
  • Cruise control
  • Auto pwr door locks
  • Pwr windows w/one-touch up/down -inc: pinch protection
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front & rear LED maplights
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • Center armrest w/(2) cupholders
  • Rear window defroster
  • Three-zone auto climate control -inc: micro filter
  • Anti-theft system w/immobilizer
  • Fully trimmed cargo area w/keyless open -inc: concealed storage, cargo net
  • Black, Napa leather seat trim
  • 8-way pwr-adjustable heated front seats -inc: 4-way driver lumbar adjustment
  • 3-spoke pwr-adjustable tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel
EXTERIOR
  • 19" silver alloy wheels
  • 245/45R19 Goodyear Eagle tires
  • Aluminum roof
  • Body-colored front bumper
  • Body-colored rear bumper w/chrome rub strip
  • Chrome bodyside insert
  • Chrome side window trim
  • Chrome door handles
  • Body-colored manual-folding heated pwr side mirrors
  • Auto projector-beam HID headlamps -inc: LED daytime running lights
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • LED brakelights
  • Backlit side-mounted turn signals
  • Black grille w/chrome surround
  • Lip spoiler
  • LED rear taillights
  • Rain-sensing adjustable speed wipers
  • P245/45R19 Michelin Primacy MXM-4 all-season tires
MECHANICAL
  • 3-phase 4-pole AC induction motor w/copper rotor
  • Drive inverter w/variable frequency drive
  • 10kW on-board charger w/universal mobile connector -inc: 110V/240V/J1772 adapters
  • Single-speed fixed gear transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Microprocessor-controlled 40 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Double-wishbone virtual axis coil spring front suspension
  • Independent multi-link coil-spring rear suspension
  • Front/rear anti-roll bars
  • Speed-sensitive rack-&-pinion electronic pwr steering
  • Regenerative 4-wheel ventilated ceramic disc brakes -inc: electronic parking brake
  • Access to Tesla Supercharger network
  • 85 kWh battery
  • Air suspension -inc: driver-controlled & auto lift control
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
    • Electronic stability control
    • Traction control
    • Tire pressure monitor
    • Rollover & crash sensor disconnects high-voltage circuits
    • Backup camera
    • Dual-stage driver/front-passenger airbags
    • Dual-stage driver/front passenger seat-mounted side airbags
    • First/second-row head curtain airbags
    • Front knee & pelvis airbags
    • Front-seat airbag occupant sensors
    • Three-point second-row seat belts
    • (3) second-row LATCH child seat anchors
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Inside trunk safety release
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