2012 Tesla Model S First Drive Specs | Edmunds

2012 Tesla Model S - Road Test Specs

2012 Tesla Model S Sedan

(0-cyl. Electric 1-speed Direct Drive)


Year Make Model2012 Tesla Model S 4dr Sedan (3-phase, 4-pole electric)
Vehicle TypeRWD 4dr 5-passenger sedan
Estimated MSRP$107,350 (including destination)
Assembly locationFreemont, California


ConfigurationTransverse, rear-motor, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeThree-phase four-pole electric, direct drive
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)416 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)443 @ 0
Fuel typeElectric
Battery capacity, rated (kW-hr)85
Transmission typeSingle-speed direct drive


Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones, pneumatic springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, pneumatic springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Tire typePerformance front and rear
Tire size, front245/3521Z
Tire size, rearP285/3021Z
Wheel size21 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front13.2-inch ventilated steel rotors
Brakes, rear14.4-inch ventilated steel rotors

Track Test Results

0-60 mph, mfr. claim (sec.)4.4

Fuel Consumption

Fuel economy, mfr. est. (mpg)89 MPGe, 265-mile EPA-rated range

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description580-watt, 12-speaker Dolby Pro Logic AM/FM/XM audio system, WiFi enabled
iPod/digital media compatibilityiPod via two USB ports
Satellite radioStandard
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)3,000 songs
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation system17-inch touchscreen
Smart entry/StartKeyless entry
Parking aidsBack-up camera

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,647
Length (in.)196.0
Width (in.)86.2
Height (in.)56.1
Wheelbase (in.)116.5
Track, front (in.)65.4
Track, rear (in.)66.9
Turning circle (ft.)37.0
Legroom, front (in.)42.7
Legroom, rear (in.)35.4
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)35.3
Seating capacity7
Trunk volume (cu-ft)26.3
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)58.1


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain8 years/100,000 miles for battery

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