2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Tesla

image2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

My first impressions of driving the 2013 Tesla Model S.

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  • mercedesfanmercedesfan Member Posts: 365
    I absolutely agree about how addictive accelerating in this car is. After years of driving some of the finest V8s out there, even I was taken aback by the Model S. And you know what? I don't miss the V8 sound as much as I thought I would. In a sports car I would absolutely cry fowl with no exhaust note, but in a luxury car it somehow doesn't seem like such a negative.
  • mptlptrmptlptr Member Posts: 17
    Best blog post I've read on the Tesla. Thanks, Donna.
  • nintendomaniacnintendomaniac Member Posts: 5
    I just registered to say that you actually CAN play music via the USB ports, however the device must be accessible via USB mass storage. This means flash drives and Android devices are fair game, but devices with proprietary USB connections like Apple iProducts are no good.

    For Model S to read the drive, the USB drive must be formatted to either FAT32 or EXT4 (exFAT and NTFS are NOT supported). Songs can be in a wide verity of audio formats, the most notable I can think of being AAC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG vorbis, and WAV PCM (notably Apple Lossless is NOT supported). Maximum quality playback is 48khz @ 24bit or 96khz @ 16bit, 2-channel stereo only.

    Basically, if Android can natively play the format, then most likely so can the Model S (both run on the Linux kernel).
  • throwbackthrowback Member Posts: 445
    Well, a seat heater review is clearly needed. I am curious about your take on the fit/finish and material quality. I had an opportunity to sit in a model S and the build quality seemed good, but the material quality was a step down from a Panamera I recently drove. A car with this performance envelope should offer a true sport seat option.
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