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2013 Tesla Model S: So Cool. So Fast. So Devoid of Passion.

June 20, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

A few days ago I took our long-term 2013 Tesla Model S home for the first time. Driving a Model S is an interesting experience.

It's luxurious and upscale, and it feels, well, expensive. And large. And substantial.

And even though the Models S has been out for awhile now, people were giving it second, third and even fourth glances as I motored south on the 405.

The Tesla is also eerily silent. So silent, in fact, that you notice there's quite a bit of wind noise. And because it's so mechanically quiet and stable at speed, you're doing 80 without even trying. Whoops. Better slow back down.

But while the whole thing is impressive, I must admit to feeling that the electric experience isn't really my thing. See, I don't just love cars and sportbikes and dirtbikes and powerboats and snowmobiles for the speed. I also love them for the sounds they make, the mechanical-ness, if you will, of it all.

And this is where the Model S is lacking. It's got no passion.

But then I push the throttle to the floor, again, and the thing rockets forward. Holy crap, it's so stinking fast.

Hmm...maybe I could get used to this. Certainly can't hurt to find out.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 5,143 miles

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By stoneymonster
on 06/20/13
8:34 AM PST

Ok, now you guys are just making up stuff to complain about.

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By homer281
on 06/20/13
8:03 AM PST

I understand that you miss the noise of a gas engine, but to say it is devoid of passion I think dismisses the tremendous effort and passion of the engineers who designed a car from the ground up and started a new car company. Love or hate Elon Musk, there is certainly passion in the way he fights for his car company and I'm sure that's reflected in those that work for Tesla.

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By se_riously
on 06/20/13
10:26 AM PST

Somehow, I find this particular blog to be contradictory, especially when "It's got no passion" is paired with "it's so stinking fast" and "people were giving it second, third, and even fourth glances".

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