Walking through the Tesla Motors Model S center and driver displays. (video link) Tesla Motors recently loaned Ars Technica a tricked out $121,870 Model S P85+, and we clocked about 500 miles with the car over 3 days. In that time, we captured almost ten hours of raw video, which we’ve distilled down to a few brief minutes above. (Special thanks to the fine folks at GoPro, who were kind enough to lend us a Hero 3 Black Edition camera to assist with the action shots!)
The Model S was crazy fun to drive—so much so that turning the keys back over to Tesla Motors at the end of our review time was pretty difficult. The Model S’ jaw dropping acceleration and dead-flat torque curve are powerfully addictive. How addictive? Check out the video to see the car in action. I’ve got a whole lot to say about the Model S in our long-form review, but the most important thing we learned is this: after laying down that many miles in the Model S, we learned that it’s not just a great electric car—it’s a great car, full stop.