Tesla preparing a long wheelbase Model S, will arrive later this year

Article by Christian A., on June 17, 2014

In order to become even more popular in China, Tesla will introduce a long wheelbase version of its popular Model S sedan. Set to arrive later this year, the new Model S will offer more space for the rear passengers and as expected, it will feature an extended wheelbase longer than the current one, which has a length of 2959 mm.

The total length of the Tesla Model S is 4,978 mm. A longer wheelbase also means some added weight, so Tesla needs to be very careful when making this move because it doesn’t want to modify the impressive range its cars offer. This problem could be easily solved as some reports said earlier this year that the Model S could receive larger battery packs for those who want a better range.

Currently, Tesla offers the Model S with three battery options, each delivering unprecedented range. The entry-level Tesla Model S comes with a 60 kWh battery and comes with an electric motor that delivers 302 hp (225 kW) and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque. This model accelerates from 0 to 60 mph ion 5.9 seconds, does the quarter mile in 14.2 seconds and has a top speed of 120 mph or 193 km/h. The range is 208 miles or 334 km.

The Tesla Model S is also offered with a 85 kWh battery and an electric motor that delivers 362 hp (270 kW) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm). This model accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, does the quarter mile in 13.7 seconds, while top speed is 125 mph or 201 km/h. The range is 265 miles or 426 km.

The top of the line Tesla Model S Performance carries the same 85 kWh battery and an electric motor that generates 416 hp (310 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm). The Model S Performance is able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, does the quarter mile in 12.6 seconds, while top speed is limited at 130 mph or almost 210 km/h. The Model S Performance offers the same range of 265 miles or 426 km.

Tesla Model S isn't just the first all-electric sedan but is also an evolution in automotive engineering. It combines performance and safety as well as efficiency – even earning highest possible safety ratings. Furthermore, the new Model S gets better thanks to over-the-air software updates and it has the longest range among electric vehicles.

As underpinned by Tesla’s architecture, the new Model S has its battery located on the floor. With this, the Model S gains a low center of gravity, which means minimized risk of rollover as well as enhanced levels of handling and performance. Also giving the Model S a low center is its unique electric drivetrain sitting beneath the electric car.

Since the Model S has no engine, its crumple zone is much larger than rival performance sedans, which means it could better absorb the impact of a front end collision. It has even managed to set a new record for the lowest chance of occupant injury after tests in the United States. Furthermore, the new Model S boasts of being one of the safest cars on the road, as proven by its very high safety ratings earned from the NHTSA and Euro NCAP.

This level of safety is also made possible by a host of standard active safety elements like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detection and collision warning, as well as by an array of optional convenience features like autosteer, autopark, traffic-aware cruise control and summon.

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