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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Jan 15, 2020. 20 comments

Here's How Every Tesla Performs In A Drag Race Against Each Other

Here's How Every Tesla Performs In A Drag Race Against Each Other

We’ve seen just about every Tesla take on all sorts of cars, from other electric vehicles like the Porsche Taycan, to the best combustion engines have to offer with stuff like the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. But just how tight in performance is the entire range of Teslas against each other?

Remember Rory Reid, former host of Top Gear? Reid teamed up with some other dudes and AutoTrader to pit...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Dec 27, 2019. 19 comments

Here’s Why James May Thinks There’s Room In Enthusiasts’ Hearts For Electric And Hydrogen Cars

Here’s Why James May Thinks There’s Room In Enthusiasts’ Hearts For Electric And Hydrogen Cars

Of the Three Amigos, I’ve always found James May to be the most progressive. His interests are wide-ranging and he usually appears to be quite open-minded on camera. Today, I learned May owns both a Tesla Model S and a Toyota Mirai and he brings up a great point about how we will talk about cars as more get electrified.

On a recent video uploaded to the DriveTribe (remember DriveTribe?)...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Nov 01, 2019. 21 comments

Elon Musk Is Beefing With Top Gear Over Drag Race Between Tesla Model S And Porsche Taycan [Updated]

Elon Musk Is Beefing With Top Gear Over Drag Race Between Tesla Model S And Porsche Taycan [Updated]

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who once failed to sue the Top Gear television program for libel over the show’s review of a Tesla Roadster , is once again beefing with Top Gear over the drag race results between the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan published to its YouTube channel.

In the video we talked about earlier today , Top Gear claimed the results of its drag race between the Tesla Model S...

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David Tracy David Tracy Oct 31, 2019. 19 comments

Here's How The Porsche Taycan Did Against The Quickest Tesla Model S

Here's How The Porsche Taycan Did Against The Quickest Tesla Model S

You may recall earlier this month when German T.V. show Auto Mobil pitted the new Porsche Taycan Turbo S  electric sports car up against a slightly outdated Tesla Model S P100D . Well, Top Gear just snagged a brand new Tesla Model S Performance—the quickest production Tesla ever built—and pitted it against the newcomer from Stuttgart. Here’s what happened.

Some folks were upset about Auto...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Oct 24, 2019. 10 comments

Door Handles Blamed For Driver's Death In Tesla Model S Fire: Lawsuit

Door Handles Blamed For Driver's Death In Tesla Model S Fire: Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit filed with the Circuit Court of Broward County, Florida earlier this month alleges the motorized retractable door handles on the Tesla Model S prevented the rescue of the driver as smoke and flames filled the cabin.

Here’s more on the lawsuit, Awan v. Tesla Inc., 19-021110, from Bloomberg:

Omar Awan, a 48-year-old anesthesiologist, was driving his leased Tesla in...

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David Tracy David Tracy Oct 17, 2019. 23 comments

Porsche Taycan Defeats Tesla Model S In Acceleration, Handling, And Build Quality In German Comparison Test

Porsche Taycan Defeats Tesla Model S In Acceleration, Handling, And Build Quality In German Comparison Test

The first substantial Tesla Model S versus Porsche Taycan comparison has hit the internet, and it shows the Porsche crushing the less expensive Tesla in build quality, handling, and even acceleration. Here’s a look at the head-to-head between the two most impressive high-volume EV sedans on earth.

The video, part of the German TV Channel Vox’s show “Auto Mobil,” begins with the host Alexander...

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David Tracy David Tracy Oct 04, 2019. 19 comments

Watch Tesla's 'Sentry Mode' Use Its Cameras To Catch Someone Keying The Crap Out Of A Model 3

Watch Tesla's 'Sentry Mode' Use Its Cameras To Catch Someone Keying The Crap Out Of A Model 3

Earlier this year, Tesla released “Sentry mode ,” a feature that uses Tesla vehicles’ already-existing cameras to provide security footage of possible threats. The feature apparently works, because it just caught someone keying the bejesus out of a Tesla Model 3. And now that person has turned herself in to face criminal charges.

We’ve recently been covering the many woes of Tesla’s “Smart ...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 25, 2019. 23 comments

The Electric 2020 Porsche Taycan: What We Learned Over 400 Fast Miles

The Electric 2020 Porsche Taycan: What We Learned Over 400 Fast Miles
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After more than seven years of production, the Tesla Model S finally has another high-performance electric sedan to compete against: the 2020 Porsche Taycan. In Turbo S form, it’s a 750-horsepower all-wheel drive EV that can rocket from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. It isn’t perfect, but after driving it over 400 miles through...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 24, 2019. 24 comments

Porsche On Tesla Nürburgring Rivalry And Elon Musk: Thanks For The P.R. But Bring It On

Porsche On Tesla Nürburgring Rivalry And Elon Musk: Thanks For The P.R. But Bring It On

I just drove the Porsche Taycan, and though I can’t give you a full review until later, I can say what the Porsche Taycan’s P.R. Manager told me at dinner about Tesla’s Nürburgring record attempts and Elon Musk’s Porsche Taycan-related tweets. As he pointed out, Tesla has helped Porsche more than it hurt it.

By now you’re probably all aware that, followingPorsche’s claim that its new Taycan...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Sep 21, 2019. 13 comments

Here's What Happened With Tesla's Ambitious First Attempt At The Nürburgring

Here's What Happened With Tesla's Ambitious First Attempt At The Nürburgring

Once again, Tesla has defied expectations. After wrapping up its first-ever Nürburgring test this week and heading home to America, it’s pulled off an apparent hand-timed seven minute, 24 second lap in one of its Model S test cars, a mere second slower than the attempt at the beginning of this week —but still nearly 20 seconds quicker than the electric Porsche Taycan. And it bodes well for...

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Patrick George Patrick George Sep 17, 2019. 24 comments

Tesla May Have Already Crushed Porsche's EV Nürburgring Time

Tesla May Have Already Crushed Porsche's EV Nürburgring Time

The race for the fastest electric sedan around the Nürburgring maybe just got a hell of a lot more interesting. In August, Porsche’s first foray into EVs, the Taycan Turbo, nailed a 7:42 lap time, winning the crown for quickest four-door electric around the storied track. Then Elon Musk and Tesla showed up. Now what we’re hearing from the ’Ring is a Model S may have pulled a very unofficial...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Sep 13, 2019. 20 comments

The Nürburgring Is No Place For Elon Musk’s Bullshit

The Nürburgring Is No Place For Elon Musk’s Bullshit

Let me start off by saying I like Tesla. I really do. I was seriously impressed when I first drove a Tesla Roadster over a decade ago. That impression stayed with me all the way through to when I took the first ever lap of a Tesla at the Nürburgring . Tesla makes good, fast cars that I enjoy.

Here's What A Tesla Model S Can Do Around The Nürburgring

Last week at Darren Langenfeld’s awesome...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 12, 2019. 15 comments

Tesla Didn't Have Laguna Seca Officiate Its Alleged Record Model S Lap Time: Report

Tesla Didn't Have Laguna Seca Officiate Its Alleged Record Model S Lap Time: Report

After making a bunch of noise on Twitter about taking the Tesla Model S to the German Nürburgring after the Porsche Taycan set a record there, Tesla instead claimed it set a record time for a sedan around Laguna Seca . The only problem is the track reportedly did not officiate it, so their time didn’t “officially” break any record. You can’t make this stuff up.

Elon Musk Claims Tesla Model S...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 11, 2019. 24 comments

Elon Musk Claims Tesla Model S Sets New Record At Laguna Seca, Which Is Not The Nürburgring

Elon Musk Claims Tesla Model S Sets New Record At Laguna Seca, Which Is Not The Nürburgring

Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk accepted the implicit challenge of the recently revealed 2020 Porsche Taycan by promising to send a Tesla Model S to the infamous Nürburgring, implying an attempt to beat Porsche’s claimed record lap time. Musk now claims the Model S has set a record at Laguna Seca—likely a distraction from the fact that Tesla can’t set a ‘Ring time yet.


Ahead of the official...

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Mack Hogan Mack Hogan Sep 07, 2019. 24 comments

Why No One Is Beating Tesla's Range

Why No One Is Beating Tesla's Range

I made a mistake this week. I tweeted. I tweeted that, while I like the Porsche Taycan , I was disappointed that it couldn’t beat the range of the Tesla Model S years after it came out. And while I stand by the opinion that the Taycan isn’t fundamentally changing the game, Audi took the time to explain to me what non-Tesla EVs are bringing to the table.

Essentially, the diagrams they sent...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 05, 2019. 20 comments

Does The $150,000 Porsche Taycan Really Compete With The Much Cheaper Tesla Model S?

Does The $150,000 Porsche Taycan Really Compete With The Much Cheaper Tesla Model S?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been referring to the upcoming Porsche Taycan as possibly the first true Tesla Model S competitor. But then I saw the Taycan’s $150,000+ price tag. While I still think it’ll draw in some Tesla buyers, I have to back off on my statement a bit and wonder: How the hell does the Tesla Model S still have no true, tight competition?

David’s Take

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Mack Hogan Mack Hogan Aug 04, 2019. 16 comments

You Now Get Free Unlimited Supercharging With Your New Tesla Model S Or X (Again)

You Now Get Free Unlimited Supercharging With Your New Tesla Model S Or X (Again)

One of the big early selling points of the Tesla Model S was free, unlimited access to Tesla’s Supercharging network. After being limited to referrals before being axed entirely, free lifetime Supercharging is back for all new Tesla Model S and Model X orders.

Teslas Will No Longer Come With Free Unlimited Supercharging After 2016

Up until now, Tesla’s Superchargers have only charged...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Jul 17, 2019. 11 comments

The Tesla Model S and Model X Base Models Just Got Dropped

The Tesla Model S and Model X Base Models Just Got Dropped

Tesla, at least for the moment, has quite the limited manufacturing capacity. For most consumers, that doesn’t matter one whit. But one of the end results of that is Tesla’s lineup is constantly shifting and moving in subtle ways. So it may not surprise you that Tesla banished the base model “standard range” Tesla Model X and Tesla Model S from its lineup.

In an effort to “simplify” its...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Jul 09, 2019. 23 comments

Elon Musk: Actually the Tesla Model S and Model X Aren't Getting a Refresh

Elon Musk: Actually the Tesla Model S and Model X Aren't Getting a Refresh

Back in May, CNBC reported that the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X would be getting a overhaul, adopting the style of the minimalist interior of the Tesla Model 3 while getting a few additional hardware upgrades. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tweeted that it isn’t happening.

Earlier this year, rumors started to swirl that Tesla was working on updates for the Model S and Model X, its two oldest...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook May 29, 2019. 21 comments

Tesla Model S Refresh With Minimalist Interior and Model 3 Motors Coming This Year: Report

Tesla Model S Refresh With Minimalist Interior and Model 3 Motors Coming This Year: Report

The Tesla Model S got its last major refresh in 2016 , four years after it went into production, and reports now indicate that the company is planning another big update for the electric car later this year that includes an overhauled interior and drive units out of the Tesla Model 3.

CNBC reports the Model S refresh will be modeled after the Model 3 in many ways, with a new minimalist...

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