Tesla Model S - Performance

Tesla Model S – Performance


$161,600

Drive Away

0-100 km/h
2.5s
Real Range
515 km
Consumption
18.4 kWh/100km

8.3Mojo Score
Our Verdict of the Tesla Model S - Performance

The Model S Performance manages to be quicker than the competition while offering a practical sedan body shape. However, the extra performance commands a hefty financial premium. One for the enthusiasts then.

Driving Range
9.0
Efficiency
7.0
Performance
9.0
Value for Money
8.0
PROS
  • Ludicrous Ludicrous+ Mode
  • Consistent OTA Updates
  • Excellent battery range
CONS
  • Hefty premium over Long Range Plus
  • Lower efficiency
  • Build quality could be better
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 Summary Review

From 2021 The Tesla Model S Performance will no longer be the most powerful version of Tesla’s sedan flagship. But don’t let that put you off — this EV still lives up to that boldly chosen name and, until the tri-motor Plaid version arrives, the Performance is top dog.

Tesla claims the Model S Performance is the fastest-accelerating sedan in the world. A bold claim that has been backed up by multiple independent tests, the Model S Performance can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in just 2.5 seconds.

This 0-100 time was achieved thanks to Tesla’s constant commitment to improving their cars via over-the-air updates. Tesla’s latest update to the Model S Performance’s Ludicrous+ mode enabled more power to be harnessed, as well as conditioning the battery and introducing a “Cheetah Stance” launch mode.

While performance is at the heart of this Model S, range is not completely neglected. Although it does suffer compared to the Long Range Plus variant, the Performance’s 704kms claimed range (515km real-world range) is still nothing to scoff at. It bests the Porsche Taycan Turbo S’ 400km real-world range while being less than half the price.

Technology is a key aspect of the Model S. The centrepiece of the cockpit is a 17-inch screen that controls all aspects of the car. All Model S variants have access to Tesla’s autonomous driving hardware as standard, although full-self driving capabilities can only be unlocked as a $10,000-dollar software-based option. Other cost options include any colour other than white, which start from $2200.

Although eight years old, the Tesla Model S continues to impress with its spacious interior and ample luggage area. Designed as an EV from the outset, the Tesla Model S manages to pack a combined load space of 804 litres. This includes the Model S’s “frunk” front boot which adds a useful amount of cargo space in front.

At $161,300 drive away in Australia, the Performance is $20,000 dearer than the Long Range Plus. Aside from a greater combined output (580kW vs 398kW) and Ludicrous+ mode, the two stay relatively similar specification-wise.

Although as a percentage, the shaving-off of 1.3 seconds from the Long Range Plus’s 3.8-second 0-100km/h time is significant, the vast majority of buyers are unlikely to need the extra speed on a day-to-day basis.

 Performance

Power

580 kW

Torque

1,140 Nm

0-100 km/h

2.5s

Top Speed

250 km/h

 Battery & Range

Battery Capacity

100.0 kWh

Claimed Range

704 km

Claimed Efficiency

193 Wh/km

Consumption

18.4 kWh/100km

Real Range

515 km

Real Efficiency

184 Wh/km

 Charging

Charge Time

7 hrs

Charge Speed

76 km/h

Charge Power

16.5 kW

Charge Port

Type-2

Fastcharge Time

34 min

Fastcharge Speed

560 km/h

Fastcharge Power

200 kW

Fastcharge Port

CCS

 Other Specs

Body Type

Hatch

Seating Capacity

5 Seats

Drive Type

AWD

Cargo Space

804 Litres

Max Cargo Space

1,795 Litres

ANCAP Rating

5 Star

ANCAP Report

 Warranty

Warranty

4 Years

Warranty km

80,000 km

Battery Warranty

8 Years

Battery Warranty km

240,000 km

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Hatch
5 Seats
AWD

Drive Away

$141,300

0-100km/h:

Real Range:

Consumption:

Cargo Space:

3.8s
540 km
17.6 kWh/100km
804 Litres
Hatch
5 Seats
AWD

Drive Away

$161,600

0-100km/h:

Real Range:

Consumption:

Cargo Space:

2.5s
515 km
18.4 kWh/100km
804 Litres

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