MotorTrend magazine has officially named the 2013 car of the year, the Tesla Model S. Coined as the fastest four-door built in America, the Tesla proves that modern technology can have a drastic effect on the overall essence of what a vehicle can be.
Not only is the Tesla blazing fast, but it is more fuel efficient then a hybrid vehicle, can carry as much as a small suv, and has the all of the luxury found in the most expensive cars in the world. For these reasons and more, the Model S is the 2013 American Car of The Year.
What makes this years winner so notable is the fact that it is an all electric vehicle with no internal combustion engine. The Tesla also features some advanced exterior and chassis materials which consist of aluminium and other strong yet light metals.
You can choose the range of your Tesla based off of the size of the battery you choose: 40-kW-hr, 60-kW-hr, and 85-kW-hr – which will net you a range of 140, 200, and 265 miles. The base 85-kW-hr power-train delivers a stout 362 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, while the performance version makes 416 hp and 443 lb-ft. The performance version is good for a 0-60 time of just 4.0 seconds flat.
The Tesla Model S starts at $58,570 (before a federal tax credit of $7500), and a loaded Signature Performance series can cost up to $106,900.