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The Top Gear car review:Tesla Model S
For:Scintillating acceleration, interior design, ride quality
Against:Not the most enthralling to drive, Tesla is still an unknown quantity
What is it?
At its most basic level, this is a simple car: an all-electric saloon. It also happens to be the car that has established Tesla as a force to be reckoned with. Because while the Lotus-based Roadster put the Californian firm on the map, it’s this one that has to gain the hard yards and convince buyers that this relatively new start-up deserves to stand alongside the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Unlike other rivals, all of which are hybrid to a greater or lesser extent, with an internal combustion engine tucked away somewhere, the Tesla risks it all by doing without one altogether, opting instead for a massive battery pack to get around those pesky range anxiety problems. It’s a big, heavy, clever car.