There’s been a lot of talk recently about the Tesla’s Model S. It’s a 100% electric vehicle (EV), and what seperates the Model S from EVs such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, and Mitsubishi i-MiEV is that it seems to compromise on nothing, except price.
The top of the line Model S will run you $97,900 according to Tesla’s site. At first glance, it would seem that Tesla is hampered by the same problem plaguing Nissan and other companies making EVs – how to make an EV that can truly compete with a gas powered car on price and functionality. But wait, the Model S isn’t just a fancy sedan that runs on battery power, it’s a true performance car in every respect, plus it even seats seven. So rather than gawk at what seems like a high price tag, let’s look at what you get for that $97,900.
Performance specs for the Model S include an electric motor that produces 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. To find a gas powered sedan with specs like that you would need to visit a Porsche dealer and test drive the Panamera 4S. By the time you walked out of the dealer with your new Porsche, you would have spent at least $96,000 and still not have the horsepower or torque that the Model S delivers. It would also take you 4/10s of a second longer to reach 60 mph.
If you’re not a Porsche fan, you can spend that kind of money on a Mercedes-Benz C550 or BMW 750Li, but don’t expect either to deliver markedly better performance.