The Tesla Model S is a full-size electric luxury sedan model produced and sold by Tesla (formerly Tesla Motors Inc.). It is Tesla’s flagship model and is sized and priced above the Tesla Model 3 compact electric luxury sedan.
Premiering after the first generation of the Tesla Roadster, the Model S was first developed under the name WhiteStar, with a prototype debuting at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Production then began in 2011, and the first Model S cars were delivered in 2012.
Although now supplanted in popularity by the more compact and affordable Tesla Model 3, the Tesla Model S reigned supreme for several years as the only Tesla sedan and an award-winning EV, raking in numerous accolades and titles for its performance, charging capabilities, and eco-friendliness. However, the vehicle has won more recent recognition for the Model S Plaid, a long-range and high-performance version with a plaid interior named after the movie Spaceballs. Other electric competitors of the Model S include the Audi e-tron, the Lucid Air, the Mercedes-Benz EQS, and the Porsche Taycan.
- 2022 Tesla Model S (Starting MSRP $94,990)
- Pros: The Tesla Model S electric luxury full-size Sedan has fantastic and responsive performance, with lightning-fast acceleration. Additionally, it’s incredibly fun to drive and has an excellent electric driving range for its class.
- Cons: Like other Tesla models, the Model S cabin is very underwhelming, plain, and cheap for a luxury model. Additionally, the infotainment screen is counterintuitive and distracting at times, and some of its luxury rivals are priced more competitively.
- See Also: Model 3 and Model X
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