Video: Tesla Model S vs Aston Martin Rapide S

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Feature 6 September 2013

The Tesla Model S is the future... today. It offers most of the usability of the world's best luxury saloons, but with no tailpipe emissions and a fraction of the running costs. And it handles too. Really handles. But can it really be better than the £150,000 Aston Martin Rapide S? Steve Sutcliffe plugs in, turns on and tunes into what could just represent the future of luxury motoring.

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As much as I'd love a Model S...

1 year 11 weeks ago

...I need a proper 7 seater, so...
I've put down a deposit on the Model X! Can't wait!

Smaller version please

1 year 11 weeks ago

The Tesla looks great, but I look forward to a smaller version that is better suited to the size of our roads. But it does indeed show the potential of electric cars far better than anything else so far. There is a lot of research going on into power storage. Maybe the supercapacitor or Cambridge Crude will solve the recharge time problem.

Pretty Impressive but

1 year 11 weeks ago

I am a bit surprised that the range is not more than the Aston.

Long journeys a reality?

1 year 11 weeks ago

So much of the criticism on electric cars is due range and charge times, but this sounds just fine.

Imagine I want to drive the 370 miles to visit my Mum in distant Scotland, a distance I would have thought impossible with an electric car. However, with a real world range of 250 miles, I could easily do it with just one half hour stop, should there be a decent charging point.

That's no worse than the petrol powered cars with small tanks that I've had to stop and re-fuel at the mid-point in the past. In fact, I'd usually stop twice or more with this distance - just for a break, and easily for 1/2 hour on one or all of the stops.

It seems like this we're very close to, or actually at, a point where an electric car can really work in any kind of driving you throw at at. Shame I can't afford one of these!

Battery

1 year 11 weeks ago

May I ask,how long does the battery last be fore you have to
replace it,and how much will it cost?
Also,you do not have a garage,many people do not,how do you charge it?,lead
over the pavement up the path in the front door then 6 hours later unplug the lot
take in the lead.
This is the future,i do not think so,a joke yes but not the future.
I think people need to calm down and look at the facts,these facts are;
you pay £80k for a car you can not use for hours,you park the car outside your house,many people have to,so you run a lead over the pave ment and up the path,boy,the yobs will have
a lot of fun with this.
Sorry Steve should live in the real world.

please explain how the cars compare in handling?.Tesla wins?

1 year 11 weeks ago

Surely the Tesla is better balanced, goes into corners quicker and rounds bends with more balance no? would this upset Aston? thanks, j

There is not a lot kids can

1 year 11 weeks ago

There is not a lot kids can do as the cable is looked into the car. If you have the money for this or any super salon you will most likely have off street parking. And the Model S battery is guaranteed for eight years and 125,000 miles.

Door to door convenience

1 year 10 weeks ago

One thing a lot of people tend to forget is we want a car for door to door conveniece. Even if the charging infrastructure is in place, a charging point might be 10 or 15 minutes from your final destination. What good is it then having a car, ie an electric car, if you have to walk that last 10/15 minutes and then back to get the car.
There is no future for electric cars, even a Tesla. Much has been made of Tesla outselling Audi, BM and Mercedes in the first 3 months of the year. All hype. That's because in the US, particularly in California/Silicon Valley where there are a lot of rich entrepreneurs, who like to be early adopters of new technology. If the sale trend continues, then I am wrong. But it will be doubtful and I predict sales will dry up quite soon. In fact I will go as far as predicting Tesla won't be with us in 5/7 years time.

Very impressive car. At this

1 year 11 weeks ago

Very impressive car. At this price i can see an electric car working. However i suspect the biggest part of the cost of the car will be its battery, so they wont be able to scale this down to a normal car level any time soon. Halve the battery capacity to halve the cost, and put it in a slightly smaller car, the range will halve too (near enough), and then it wont work any longer.

I would worry about the Battery long term. Once outside warranty the car must be near valueless, and if too many people claim on the battery warranty it will kill the company

But the fact that a company can start from scratch and build this as its first car is what really amazes me. Its a very good car. Its also good value, because if you take out of the car the cost of the battery it makes the German alternatives look very expensive.

This is just incredible

1 year 11 weeks ago

"We're just blown away by it!"
"You're not gonna want anything else!"
"Tesla Model S is a landmark car."

Did not see that coming from a petrol head like Steve.
Indeed this makes rivals look really, really old fashioned.

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