• Jan 18, 2011


Tesla Model S road testing – Click above to watch the video after the break

The last time Tesla Motors released a video about the Model S, it was a lot of talking from the company's vice president and chief engineer for vehicle engineering, Peter Rawlinson, about engineering the vehicle. Today, new video shows just the opposite. No talking, just pretty pictures.

Almost eerily silent, the video shows the first Alpha build Model S (tons of details on the car here) cruising down rural roads, and it's a beautiful sight. The car looks like it handles well and makes us the need to get behind the wheel yesterday. Tesla's Vehicle Dynamicist (we're guessing thats fancy talk for test driver?) Graham Sutherland said in a statement that:

The first Alpha is amazingly agile for a car of its size. It has great handling balance and poised ride with communicative steering. Just goes to show what combining a low center of gravity with a very stiff body structure can achieve.

Sounds – and looks – good. Let's hope it gets better. Watch the video after the jump.

[Source: Tesla]





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      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone was having fun with their glidecam.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Kia Optima really is a good-looking car
      • 3 Years Ago
      Was I the only one reminded of making "Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhkhhhhhhooooom!" jet-engine noises with toy cars as a kid by the sound this thing makes?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. So glad it's got a new front end....this thing is seriously handsome.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've got to admit--that is a seriously attractive car. I really like the way it looks. Looking forward to seeing more of this.
      Денис Левшин
      i Lancer XI
      • 3 Years Ago
      Was starting to doubt Tesla, I never cared for the car or the Elise but this is a home run, makes the Volt look 10 years old. Congratulations!
        • 3 Years Ago
        "...this is a home run, makes the Volt look 10 years old."

        Which seems about right for each vehicle since the Volt is going for mass market success and Tesla is pursuing a smaller, higher end niche.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Unfortunately the Roadster uses a different port because it came out before the new standard so good luck finding a charging station for it."

        I wonder if Tesla (or some third party) will end up making an adapter so you can charge up your roadster at public charging stations. I can't see that being incredibly difficult.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually the comment was more geared towards the sometimes slow Chevy product cycle but way to catch on :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like an XF, but that's not a bad thing. It's actually looks better than the XF. I hope they stay on target with this car especially the price point of $55-60K.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the look of that car. Stylish, handsome... and quite well composed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      so, did Hyundai steal that front fascia from tesla or did tesla steal that front fascia from Hyundai?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now this is a friggin road-going spaceship to want to own! I wish they didn't blandize the front end though - the car now looks a little bit too generic (Jag rear, Mazda front). But it's cool whatsoever.
      • 3 Years Ago
      stupid generic grill. why is every designer copying the same grill? hyundai, mitsubishi, nissan, honda... now tesla.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You forgot Audi. Yes it's stupid, but the T back on the grill at the very least.
        • 3 Years Ago
        the question is, why does it even have such a grille? with an e.v. they could have done something really distinctive, instead they put up a generic blacked out faux grille.
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