TESLA MODEL S DUAL MOTOR
- August 12, 2020
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The 2019 Tesla Model S is a five-passenger electric luxury sedan. At the start of the model year, it was available in four variants: the base Model S, Extended Range, Performance, and Performance with Ludicrous Mode. Midyear updates replaced the base model with the Standard Range variant, and the Extended Range model was replaced by the Long Range. Soon after this, Tesla discontinued the Standard Range variant.
All Model S sedans come with the same 100-kWh battery pack and dual-motor all-wheel drive. Effectively, there’s a single, feature-loaded Model S that buyers can then upgrade with more range and more performance.
Be aware that Tesla updates the Model S on an ongoing basis rather than by model year, so what follows might not necessarily reflect the most current offering.
The base Model S offers 310 miles of range and a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds (the Standard Range car offers 285 miles and a 0-60 mph time of 4 seconds). It comes standard with 19-inch wheels, all-season tires, an adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 17-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, keyless entry, parking sensors, power-folding and heated side mirrors, automatic wipers, blind-spot warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.
Inside, you’ll find power-adjustable front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, heated front and second-row seats, leather upholstery, a heated and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and an 11-speaker sound system with dual USB ports (media and charging) and HD radio. A cellular connection, internet radio and Wi-Fi connectivity are also included, as is a universal mobile connector for charging (with 110-volt, 240-volt and J1772 adapters).
The Enhanced Autopilot package comes with three extra cameras and upgraded sensors. It allows for limited hands-free driving, including automatic lane changing by selecting the turn signal indicator, semi-automated steering, a parking-spot detection system, and hands-free parallel parking and summoning functions.
The Extended Range adds 25 miles of range, for 335 miles total. You can upgrade the standard model with this extra range at any time by buying an over-the-air software update.
Midyear updates add the Extended Range boost to the standard car, now called Long Range. Range is increased to 370 miles, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. The audio system is also upgraded to 11 speakers. The Enhanced Autopilot package is also renamed Autopilot. A new feature called Full Self-Driving Capability adds automated parallel and perpendicular parking, additional fine-tuning to the way Autopilot behaves on the highway, and a summon feature that calls the Model S to your location in a parking lot.
The Model S Performance sees a reduction in range to 315 miles (later increased to 345 miles), but it can make the sprint to 60 mph in an impressive 3 seconds. Selecting the Performance model also adds ventilated front seats. Later versions also include Ludicrous Mode, which knocks a few tenths off the 0-60 mph sprint, cutting the time down to just 2.4 seconds (although it can only deliver on that promise a few times per charge). While Ludicrous Mode comes standard on models produced later in the model year, it’s optional on early 2019 Performance models.