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2018 Tesla Model S: Overview

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author photo by Joe Tralongo May 2018

What's New For 2018?

The most significant upgrade to the 2018 Tesla Model S is the inclusion of all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The model range begins with the S 75D that comes with a 75 kWh battery pack. The S 100D features a 100 kWh battery pack, while the S P100D features the same 100 kWh pack, but with a more powerful electric rear motor. Unlimited free supercharging is no longer offered, reduced to 400 kWh per year.

What We Like

Exceptional range; great power; neat touchscreen; excellent crash-test scores

What We Don't

Design is aging rapidly; some flimsy controls; seats aren't very comfortable

Overview

The 2018 Tesla Model S is a fully electric luxury sedan that continues to captivate automotive and technology enthusiasts alike. There are many reasons for the Model S' success -- including its thrilling performance, its amazing electric range and its impressive technology, which is based around a huge central touchscreen. It's no wonder why thrill-seeking luxury-sedan buyers are eager to try it out.

Under the Model S' hood, you'll actually find a trunk. That's because the Model S is powered not by a gasoline engine but rather by electric batteries located near the bottom of the sedan. The other, more traditional trunk is located in back, under a power-operated tailgate.

Drivers can choose from three versions. The base model is dubbed the "75D" and starts around $75,700, while the 100D starts closer to $95,200. Both cars feature one 259-horsepower electric motor at each axle for a combined output of 518 hp. With its Insane and Ludicrous modes, the top of the Model S heap is the high-performance P100D, which boasts around 762 hp, can accelerate from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds and costs around $136,200. These prices include the $1,200 destination fee but exclude any federal or state tax credits.

Of course, options increase the cost beyond those prices. Depending on the model you choose, you might pay $5,000 for Tesla's "Premium Upgrades Package," which includes additional lighting, improved interior trim, 11-speaker audio upgrade, a HEPA air filtration system, heated seats and steering wheel, heated washer nozzles plus heated wiper blade defrosters. The brand's enhanced autopilot system is $6,000 extra, while "full self-driving capability" is an extra $4,000. Rear-facing seats will run you an additional $4,000. Other options include a panoramic glass roof, full Nappa leather seating and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Overall, however, the biggest selling point for the 2018 Tesla Model S is its range. The base-level 75-kWh model can travel around 250 miles of range, while the 100D can reach 335 miles -- more than any other electric vehicle. The high-performance P100D can hit 315 miles on a single charge.

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