Skip to main content

2012 Tesla Model S [w/video]

Proof That An Impressive Sport Sedan Doesn't Need To Burn Dead Dino Juice One-hundred years from now, the Smithsonian museum at our nation's capital will host a display of history's most revolutionary automobiles. The collection will include the 1866 Dudgeon steam wagon (one of the earliest self-propelled vehicles), the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen (recognized as the first combustion-powered automobile) and the 1908 Ford Model T (the first automobile mass produced on an assembly line). Most certainly included, among the dozen or so other pioneering automobiles, will be a 2012 Tesla... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
310 kW AC Motor
Power:
416 HP / 443 LB-FT
Transmission:
Single-Speed
MSRP:
$97,900 (base)
  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Geneva: Rinspeed XchangE points the way forward for secure, autonomous EV driving [w/video]
    1394121720

    If there're features that have great potential to sell the public at large on the concept of self-driving cars, we're guessing that cozy, rear-facing seats and a gigantic in-car 4K television are high on the list. If you've heard of the Swiss company Rinspeed, you almost certainly associate it with outlandish concept cars, and this XchangE autonomous EV ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Tesla will expand Supercharger network across Europe
    1394049420

    It's not as exciting as a new concept vehicle, but Tesla came to the Geneva Motor Show with its own bit of news: Europe will soon get more Superchargers, more Tesla stores and more service centers. More of the company's fast-charging stations means it'll be even easier for continental Model S drivers to get from the North Sea to the Mediterranean for free ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Official: Rinspeed details Tesla-based autonomous XchangE concept for Geneva [w/video]
    1392756300

    Like it or not, the age of the self-driving autonomous automobile is just around the corner. But what form will a car's cabin take when the emphasis is taken off of human operation? That's the question that Rinspeed aims to answer with the XchangE concept. Previewed two months ago, Rinspeed has now revealed details, photos and even video footage of the ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Will Bob Lutz's VL Automotive really offer V8 conversions for Tesla Model S?
    1389994080

    VL Automotive is closely tied up with Fisker. The company's first product, the Destino, is a converted Karma and the Destino Red Concept, just unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, is the same hardtop Karma convertible that Fisker showed in 2009. So, what a surprise it was to see that Bob Lutz, who owns half of VL Automotive, is ready to convert a brand new ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Superchargers power Tesla Model S EVs for over 8M miles [UPDATE]
    1389657600

    Ahead of the company's press conference at the Detroit Auto Show tomorrow, Tesla is talking up its Supercharger network with some impressive numbers. Tesla's Alexis Georgeson told AutoblogGreen that Tesla Model S EVs have driven more than eight million miles on Supercharger fill-ups. That's the equivalent of 33-and-a-half trips to the moon and back. We ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model S wins 2013 World Green Car of the Year
    1364477100

    The automotive journalist judges behind the World Green Car of the Year apparently with the overwhelming majority of AutoblogGreen readers, as they've just named the Tesla Model S their winner. We don't yet know what the official ballots were, but our informal poll had the Tesla beating the other two finalists – the all-electric Renault Zoe and the ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Who should win 2013 World Green Car of the Year?
    1364248620

    Which is best new green car in the world – the all-electric Renault Zoe, the all-electric Tesla Model S or the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid? Those are the three finalists for the 2013 World Green Car of the Year award, and the winner will be announced later this week at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The three finalists were named announced ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Henrik Fisker: too many pure electric car models; Karma production re-starting "soon"
    1360349400

    Is Fisker Automotive on the ropes? Listening to cofounder and executive chairman Henrik Fisker speak at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show this week, you certainly wouldn't think so. In an overwhelmingly optimistic speech, Fisker described his company's ethos and plan to sell green cars around the world. He wasn't all sunshine ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Tesla in final stages of Model S prep; readying Supercharger network for road trips
    1327451520

    Tesla Motors has nothing but undeniable design hits in its two-vehicle portfolio. We know this is true because there has been very little written about how bad the Roadster and the Model S look. We're about to see if the company can make it three in a row when the wraps come off the Model X at a special event February 9 in Los Angeles. Getting our first ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Report: Tesla Model S-based crossover coming to Frankfurt? [UPDATE: Nope]
    1296770400

    Up to this point, the only actual vehicle Tesla Motors has offered for sale is the all-electric Roadster. But the Silicon Valley-based automaker has drummed up a ton of interest and money by showing off its next planned product, the Model S sedan. It looks as if that trend will continue, as a report from the fine folks at Car and Driver suggests a new ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Tesla's chief engineer says Model S work is "on track," important Alpha tests going on now
    1295294100

    Tesla Motors is on a mission. We all know that the company's big plan is to electrify the automobile, but that's a long ways away. The company's real day-to-day work is to get ready for the Model S. During the Detroit Auto Show, we asked Peter Rawlinson, Tesla's vice president and chief engineer for vehicle engineering, what steps Tesla will take to ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Detroit 2011: Tesla Model S "alpha build" prototype explodes the secrets of electric vehicle engineering
    1294706760

    Tesla Motors' time in the media spotlight at the Detroit Auto Show today was a bit of a rehash of stuff we knew already – 1,500 Roadsters sold thus far; the Model S is a tremendous bit of engineering – but that doesn't mean we didn't enjoy seeing Peter Rawlinson, Tesla's vice president and chief engineer for vehicle engineering, present the ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Detroit 2010: 1,000 Tesla Roadsters have been built, Model S still over two years away
    1263395040

    Tesla's press conference at the Detroit Auto Show yesterday was refreshingly short and consisted of nothing more than CEO Elon Musk talking in front of the red Model S. He said that his company has now built 1,000 Roadsters (a year ago, it was just 150), negotiated a lease for the Model S plant (but he wouldn't say where it was) and that the 1,000th ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Detroit 2010: Tesla Model S in gorgeous red and a dirty Roadster
    1263311760

    Tesla Motors' press conference doesn't take place until later today, but a great burgundy version of the Model S was already on display at the company's Detroit Auto Show booth. We've seen the car in silver and white before, but the dark red of this latest show car really caught our eye. We're excited to hear what Tesla has to tell us in a little while, ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Detroit 2009: Tesla CEO drops a few more hints on the Model S
    1231876860

    During his keynote speech to the Society of Automotive Analysts Outlook conference in Detroit this morning, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also dropped a few hints about the Model S. Most of the work on the Model S is on hold until Tesla gets its house in better financial shape, but some continues. During the cutbacks last fall, Musk cut the expenditures on Model S ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model S not making a surprise appearance at Detroit Auto Show
    1229034060

    Tesla has been saying that without a $350 million loan from the government, the Model S Sedan will be delayed. Heck, they've been saying since October that the delay will happen. Also in October, Tesla made it clear that the Model S won't be shown to the public until spring 2009, maybe at the Geneva Motor Show. We'd hoped to see it sometime in 2008, but no ...

  • 0
    Tesla Model S
    Tesla teases freshly delayed Model S sedan
    1224808800

    The image has been removed at the photographer's request, to view it visit BusinessWeek. var digg_url = 'http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/10/23/first-teaser-shot-of-the-tesla-model-s-appears/'; BusinessWeek has a story about last week's trials and tribulations at Tesla Motors, which wraps up most of what we already know, along with some new details. ...

Autoblog iPhone App
Shop for a vehicle