5 Fast Facts:2016 Tesla Model S

Philly Murtha | May 31, 2016

The all-electric Tesla Model S midsize premium sedan debuted in 2012 and since then has had mainly software updates. However, the newest Model S, which already is being produced at the Fremont, CA, plant, gets a refreshed front fascia that eliminates an unnecessary grille and includes reshaped, fully adaptive LED headlights for a sleeker look, also taking styling cues from the Tesla Model X SUV and upcoming Model 3.

To provide more insights, here are five fast facts about the latest Tesla Model S:

1) The refreshed Model S features a 70-kilowatt-hour Lithium-ion battery pack and rear-wheel drive configuration that is basically the same as in the original version. Four variants—including three all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions—70, 70D, 90D, and P90D offer EPA-estimated driving ranges of between 240 and 290 miles before recharging. Top speeds for variants average between 140 and 155 mph and total motor power averages are between 328 and 532 horsepower.
2) The Model S can accelerate from 0-60 mph in as few as 2.8 seconds, Tesla says, and the car now comes with advanced autopilot capability to make highway driving safer and less stressful. Autopilot helps find a parking space, parallel park on command, and has a summon feature to “call" the Model S so it can pull up to a driver’s location.
3) The standard onboard charger’s capacity has been increased from 40 amps to 48 amps for a faster recharge.
4) An optional HEPA air filter that removes particulates and exhaust pollution is offered on the Model S as an option. It features a special filtration setting called “bioweapon defense mode” and is part of an upgrade package.
5) Two new choices of interior trim have been added: Dark Ash Wood Décor and Figured Ash Wood Décor.

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