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How Does the Tesla Model S Rate?

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How Does the Tesla Model S Rate?

Aug 28 2015, 06.34am GMT


Consumer Reports is an American consumer rating magazine which has been published weekly since 1936, publishing tests and reports from its own in-house survey research center. The magazine has an enviable record for editorial independence and is known to be brutally frank when reporting on test results.

The Tesla Model S P85D presented ratings problems for the experts at Consumer Reports when the vehicle they describe as a rare mix of blazing speed, safety and energy efficiency, scored an amazing 103 out of 100 when they rated the car.

Jake Fisher, director of the magazine’s auto test division said, “it kind of broke the system.” Listing some of the all-electric cars features, such as its improved handling and stopping, he added, “We’re seeing numbers we haven’t seen before. So this kind of blew the system. We’re giving it a score of 100.”

Speaking about the performance of the Model S P85D, Fisher commented, “We’re not used to seeing large cars go 0 - 60 in 3.5 seconds. We’re not used to seeing large cars that get an equivalent of 87 miles per gallon, and are that fast. So it really blows apart a lot of things.”

Consumer Report purchased a Model S for $127,000 (they anonymously purchase everything they test at retail prices) to test and was dismayed when the high tech retractable door handle malfunctioned and they weren't able to open the driver’s door. They reported that they didn’t have to take the car in for a repair because Tesla sent a technician to them who repaired the hardware in under 2 hours. House calls are part of the standard service from Tesla.

The upgraded performance model comes out standard with an 85 kWh battery which allows the vehicle to do 253 miles between charges. The battery can be upgraded to 90 kWh and Tesla claims that the Model S P85D can accelerate from 0 - 60 in 3.1 seconds. While the best acceleration achieved by Consumer Report during testing was 0 - 60 in 3.5 seconds, this still puts the Model S P85D on a par with Ferrari, BMW and Porsche high performance cars.

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA, +8.07%) added $18.15 or 8.07% during trading on Thursday when the stock closed at $242.99.

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