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    2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla Model S

    http://www.motortrend.com/oftheyear/...model_s/?ti=v2

    Motortrend 2013' car of the year!


    The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year is one of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it's also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it'll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk. By any measure, the Tesla Model S is a truly remarkable automobile, perhaps the most accomplished all-new luxury car since the original Lexus LS 400. That's why it's our 2013 Car of the Year.

    Wait. No mention of the astonishing inflection point the Model S represents -- that this is the first COTY winner in the 64-year history of the award not powered by an internal combustion engine? Sure, the Tesla's electric powertrain delivers the driving characteristics and packaging solutions that make the Model S stand out against many of its internal combustion engine peers. But it's only a part of the story. At its core, the Tesla Model S is simply a damned good car you happen to plug in to refuel.

    Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/oftheyear/...#ixzz2C72rnLtA

    Tesla claims it has 250 patents covering the Model S, and more pending. The body is light, thanks to its all-aluminum construction, yet strong and stiff. The front and rear suspension are also mostly aluminum. At the rear are extruded rear suspension links that provide the strength of forgings at much lower cost, while up front are hollow-cast front knuckles that weigh 25 percent less than a conventional knuckle of similar strength.

    The electric motor sits between the rear wheels, contributing greatly to the 47/53-percent front/rear weight distribution. The motor is an AC-induction type, the basic principles of which were demonstrated in the 1880s by Nikola Tesla himself, and it doesn't need expensive rare earth metals. .

    Tesla offers three lithium-ion battery packs for the Model S -- 40-kW-hr, 60-kW-hr, and 85-kW-hr -- that are claimed to provide ranges of 140, 200, and 265 miles, respectively. The base 85-kW-hr powertrain delivers a stout 362 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, while the performance version makes 416 hp and 443 lb-ft.The battery packs are assembled at Tesla's plant in Fremont, California, using Panasonic cells with nickel-cobalt-aluminum cathodes. Situated under the floor, the battery pack is a stressed member that further improves torsional rigidity, and helps lower the car's center of gravity to just 17.5 inches, about the same as a Ford GT's.

    Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/oftheyear/...#ixzz2C72xlg2T
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    This is a big deal in my opinion. It didn't win because it's electric. It won because it was the best car and it happens to be electric.
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    Toute c'est voitures etaient car of the year et pourtant c'étais de la merde ......ça donne une bonne idée de leur jugement

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    $105.4K USD for a 4,647 lb 416 hp sedan, when you can buy a 4,288 lb 560 hp M5 for $90.7k USD

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    $105.4K USD for a 4,647 lb 416 hp sedan, when you can buy a 4,288 lb 560 hp M5 for $90.7k USD
    hey bro its electric bro, ok bro?

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    $105.4K USD for a 4,647 lb 416 hp sedan, when you can buy a 4,288 lb 560 hp M5 for $90.7k USD
    because racecar!!!

    a cause du dévelloppement du systeme électrique et du fait qu'il en produise pas autant que bmw, les couts augmentes.

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    effectivement cette voiture meme si elle se vendra pas a tonne releve les standard et la recherche dans les voiture électrique tout en étant puissante avec de tres bon spec.....(pas comme la leaf....lol)

    en gros moi j'approuve leur choix, il y a des voiture 2x mieux pour moins cher mais qui ont pas la meme technologie et avancé technologique que tesla

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    $105.4K USD for a 4,647 lb 416 hp sedan, when you can buy a 4,288 lb 560 hp M5 for $90.7k USD
    The moment a Tesla S rolls out of the dealership, it's worth more on the market currently then all it's competition from big brands such as Audi, BMW and Benz. It's resale value is crazy good currently.
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    $105.4K USD for a 4,647 lb 416 hp sedan, when you can buy a 4,288 lb 560 hp M5 for $90.7k USD
    And the Tesla Model S is FASTER than an M5 from 0-100 mph.


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    There is also no "M" or "AMG" model for the Tesla S, yet. Musk, the owner of the company, already slightly modified his own top of the line Model S.

    Another great article about the car

    http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/11...s-coty-tippin/

    Electric vehicles have hit the tipping point of mainstream acceptance, and you naysayers just lost your last reason for hating the technology.

    MotorTrend magazine’s unanimous decision to name the Tesla Model S its car of the year is more than a big moment for Tesla Motors. It’s a big moment for electric vehicles and, more importantly, internal combustion. The award follows similar nods from Automobile and Yahoo. (Yes, Yahoo does cars.) That only underscores just how good the Model S is, and how solid its underlying technology is.

    When an all-electric sedan from an upstart Silicon Valley firm can convince dyed-in-the-wool gearheads to unreservedly declare it the best car on the planet, a paradigm has shifted. No one’s saying we’ll all be driving cars with cords tomorrow, but this is the first big fissure in the internal combustion wall. One by one, the criticisms — electric cars are glorified golf cars, they lack adequate range, they’ll never be as practical as whatever — have been proven wrong.

    “We’re going to look back and see this as a point at which the gears of history really turned,” company CEO Elon Musk said at the awards presentation Monday.

    He’s right.

    It’s worth noting the praise didn’t come from big ad spending, lush journo junkets to exotic locales or the typical wining and dining perpetrated by the major automakers. In other words, Tesla didn’t buy this award. The Model S won on merit alone, and that’s significant.

    Look over the judging criteria behind these awards. They favor innovation and functionality. They’re focused on performance and practicality. And they put a premium on day-to-day livability as much as fit, finish and sex appeal. The Model S won on all those fronts, and that marks a shift in both the nature of the awards and the larger view of electric vehicles.

    “If the Model S had a gas engine it still would have won,” Jonny Lieberman, MotorTrend Senior Editor and COTY judge told Wired. “It was, without question, the best car in this year’s competition.”

    And competition was fierce.

    The spate of awards came at a high point for auto enthusiasts. There’s a new Porsche 911 – the benchmark for attainable supercars – and Boxster (a personal favorite), the new Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ (a clear appeal to gearheads that want a simple, fun and inexpensive sports car). The all-new BMW 3 Series was also in the running, as was Cadillac’s surprisingly fantastic ATS.

    The Model S beat them all, with an unprecedented unanimous vote by the judges at MotorTrend.

    We’ve been praising the virtues of electric vehicles for years. But the Model S is the departure from dinky, uninspiring econoboxes we’ve been forced to endure. It’s drop-dead gorgeous (if a bit safe). It’s an easy fit for five. It’s got more cargo capacity than most minivans. And those are just the high points on the functionality front.

    Loads of pavement-rippling torque available at any speed matched with smooth delivery and Rolls-Royce levels of isolation are just part of the fun. EVs don’t have to worry about fitting a massive engine, bulging transmission and all the assorted ancillary components to make it go. The chassis is essentially a skateboard, with a battery mounted in the middle, allowing unlimited body and interior configurations that were completely unheard of just 10 years ago. The Model S’ platform is set to underpin the Model X SUV, further bolstering both Tesla’s flexibility and economies of scale, and the next few models in the automaker’s pipeline will use the lessons learned from the Model S to further hone the execution of a full line of EVs that will appeal to every price point and performance metric. Musk is even talking about a pickup truck.

    And as for the big question – range – the Model S delivered in spades.

    “The Models S is the cure for range anxiety,” Lieberman said. It can be driven normally, be it commuting to work or bombing a twisty mountain road, and with an EPA-rated range of 265 miles (MT managed a best run of 285 miles), it’s more than enough for the average driver. “Be honest with yourself and think about how many days per year you actually drive more than 200 miles,” Lieberman goes on. “Very, very few.”

    Yes, we’re still in the early days, both for the S and its groundbreaking technology. Like any all-new car, it’s long-term reliability remains in question, especially since Tesla is new to the game.

    “[The Model S is a] huge accomplishment from a brand new company in the big picture of the industry,” says Chelsea Sexton of the Lightning Rod Foundation. “It’s also an expensive car and an infant program, so it will undoubtedly have early technical issues and things that wouldn’t necessarily apply to other contenders – which makes the ‘engineering excellence’ and ‘value’ categories somewhat debatable.”

    But for now, the Model S sits atop the heap, an innovative outlier that pleases on every level, and vindicates what we’ve been saying all along: EVs are the future and the future is now.
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    Je me repete, LOLOL @ ceux qui pense qu'on achete hybrid/électric pour l'économie....

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    $105.4K USD for a 4,647 lb 416 hp sedan, when you can buy a 4,288 lb 560 hp M5 for $90.7k USD
    Power/weight ratio is unlikely an important aspect of a car for most people. Actually it's probably not a concern for anyone other than people who race and 18-35 year old males who are members of internet car forums.
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    I'm actually looking into getting one of these in the next year or so

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    Can you really compare an electric motor vs a gas engine? I mean electric motor make crazy power a 1RPM.I would prefer the Tesla Over an M5 just because it's unique and it's simply crazy!
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    c'est qui le dépositaire Tesla au Québec ? j'ai spoté (et pris une photo) une Tesla 2 portes cet été sur la 20 tous juste avant les ponts a Québec

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    c'est qui le dépositaire Tesla au Québec ? j'ai spoté (et pris une photo) une Tesla 2 portes cet été sur la 20 tous juste avant les ponts a Québec
    Sûrement encore John Scotti qui va tuer le marché en se prenant un ''markup'' de 20% sur le MSRP américain, en plus des taxes, et en signant une entente d'exclusivité. *keuf*Lotus-Elise-Exige being overpriced in QC*keuf*.

    Très bonne nouvelle cette voiture!

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