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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)
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