Submitted by jan.vanveen on February 12, 2013
My wife and I joined the Get Amped event in Belgium to have a closer look to the Tesla Model S and do a test drive (in a Model S Performance with air suspension and 19’wheels.
Pretty impressive. The car is pretty spacey and shows a sturdy feeling and a high level of finishing.
The test drive included a bumpy road of bricks. I still had to watch out for not speeding over 50 km/h.
After the test drive we took our own car (Volvo V70) for the same bumpy road.
Much more noise, much more shorter movements and much more longer movements. I had the tendency to reduce speed to 40 km/h or less and had to watch the speedometer to keep driving the 50 km/h.
A few details:
The quality of the cargo shelf in the read does not match the high standard of the rest of the car.
The hood is pretty light (aluminium, noise insulation because no engine), but also feels flexible and even vulnerable. Tesla people handled the hood carefully when closing it. While the trunk opens with a simple button and a beep.
The door handles felt like they were made of plastic