2018 Tesla Model S

2018 Tesla Model S: Price, Specs, Review, Release Date and More

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Tesla.  One of the most instantly recognizable car companies in the world today.  That is quite a feat when you realize that Tesla really only offers two models, the Model  S and the Model X.

Before the company Tesla was bought by billionaire Elon Musk, Tesla made the Roadster, which was a Lotus Elise-based electric sports car.  The perfect first installation for Tesla’s now very impressive and short history.

The Model S has been really stealing headlines along with the Model X, as we move forward toward a seemingly electric future.  The Model S really started this whole thing, and continues to evolve over the years into one of the quickest cars on the planet.

Electric cars seem to come with a stigma of being non-exciting machines that are just as fun to drive as a microwave, but Tesla is looking to change that.  While their models are increasingly expensive, Tesla is paving the way for other companies with cutting edge technology.  And as usual, technology trickles down.

The 2017 Tesla Model S is a very desired car at the moment, and it took a lot to get to where it is.  While I personally can’t stand the people who get electric cars and talk about how they don’t use gas anymore and how everyone who uses gasoline is evil, I can’t deny the Model S is an evolutionary car.  Not revolutionary just yet, but evolutionary.

The Specs-2018 Tesla Model S:

 

Vehicle Type: Electric Sedan
Power Plant: Two – Three electric motors
Gearbox: Not Available
Power: 382 – 691 HP
MPG: Up to 102 City / 107 Highway MPGe
Torque: 317 – 792 lb-ft.
Length: 196 Inches
Width: 77 Inches
Height: 57 Inches
Wheelbase: 116.5 Inches
Top Speed: 155 MPH
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 2.5 Seconds
Base Price: $68,000 (est).

 

The Exterior-2018 Tesla Model S:

2018 Tesla Model S

The exterior of the Model S from the first generation didn’t really flatter me.  The front end was nice, but the addition of the black look-a-like grille didn’t really look right.

As for the 2018 Tesla Model S, things are fortunately different.  The new face of the Model S is actually quite beautiful.  The absence of a fake grille shows off the lovely sculpted front end and makes it look silky smooth.

The eyes of the 2018 Model S are beautiful;  Almost seductive the way the LED signature lights up the front of the Model S.

Underneath the attractive face is a rather large, but hidden lower grille to keep things cool.  A strong jaw line to add to the smooth front end.

The side profile of the 2018 Tesla Model S is very coupe-like.  While not as coupe like as a Mercedes CLA or Chrysler 200, the roof line is sloped and not too tall at all. The door handles are sunken into the bodywork of the Model S as well, making the whole side look much more smooth.

2018 Tesla Model S

From the back of the 2018 Tesla Model S, I do have to draw a line.  The rear doesn’t look as lovely or smooth as the rest of the car.  I do like the hatch back deal, but the tail lights and stubbiness don’t really look great with the rest of the car.  The hips are wide and passenger cell is narrow, but the tail light design just looks cheap.  Unpopular opinion?

The Interior-2018 Tesla Model S:

2018 Tesla Model S interior

The inside of the 2018 Tesla Model S is all about the software.  Not many people really pay attention to the real design of the interior since it is so engulfed in technology for technologies sake.

The interior is designed around cutting-edge technology.  There are some pretty elements like the nice wood and leather, along with the suede head liner you can get.  However, the interior of the 2018 Tesla Model S is mainly geared toward that massive and famous tablet screen in the middle of the dashboard.

The tablet in the center controls nearly every function in the Model S.  On top of that, the dashboard is completely digital.

While not the most beautiful interior, the Model S does have some very compelling technology such as auto-pilot that helps the car be more autonomous.  Very cool stuff.

Some technology in the Model S has come under fire for not being quite to par in the real world, but it is a very new technology, and you should never fully trust a computer to drive you at highway speeds.  Always be alert folks.

Overall, the interior of the 2018 Tesla Model S is a tech savvy environment.  Not entirely beautiful like a Mercedes S-Class, but it is a computer engineers dream haven.

The Performance-2018 Tesla Model S:   

I know a lot of you here are expecting that ridiculous 0-60 of 2.3 and some change seconds.  It is insane (ludicrous anyone?) that a four door sedan powered by AA batteries (not really) can go that quickly.

That will be the P100D that can hit that number.  As for the rest of the line up, things are a bit slower.  But the 2018 Tesla Model S is plenty fast no matter what trim you get it in.

MPGe is obviously compromised the more you floor it (along with any gasoline powered car) and charging is done via a home station or express station if you can find one.

Sum It Up:

I think it’s fair to say now that cars are leaning toward a more electric and smart future.  The 2018 Tesla Model S is a fantastic first taste of what we can see in the future, along with cheaper models from more manufactures when the technology trickles down.

The release date for the 2018 Tesla Model S should be released later this year, and the car should be receiving some new updates along with the new model year badge.

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