Tesla Model-S: "Our Sedan Will Crush Everything Out There"

October 27, 2008
Tesla is in financial trouble, having recently laid off employees, found a new CEO, delayed mass production of its Elise-based Roadster, and pushed back introduction of its Model-S sedan until 2011. Nonetheless, chief investor Elon Musk who, as Carscoop claim, "took over as the company's CEO from Ze'ev Drori," told Businessweek that the new Model-S will "crush everything out there."

Said to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesel E-Class, Lexus GS450h hybrid, and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, Tesla's sedan won't be able to do any car-crushing until its delayed intro date sometime in 2011. The company recently did a photo tease of the S-Model, styled by Mazda designer Franz von Holzhausen, revealing only the rear end that sports smooth lines and a carbon-fiber diffuser.

No technical details have been released for the Model-S, but Tesla has led an exciting race for fully electric vehicles that don't drive like golf carts. The Tesla Roadster, which was recently tweaked to yield even better performance, scoots to 60 mph in about five seconds, offers stellar handling from its Lotus Elise donor chassis, and overall makes a great vehicle for commuters who drive modest distances and don't need big carrying capacity.--Colin Mathews

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