Jay Leno on the Tesla Model S


Tesla's chief designer Franz von Holzhausen gives Jay the low down on the all-American electric sedan.

For all the automotive wealth Jay Leno has at his disposal, it's the Chevy Volt that he uses for his daily commute. But after spending some time with the Tesla Model S, the Denim Chin thinks it could be time for an upgrade. There is plenty to like about the new all-electric sedan: it's easy on the eye, has enough space for a family of seven, can deliver a range of up to 300 miles, and due to the unique chassis layout, with battery cells forming the car's floor, the Tesla Model S has a very low center of gravity to the benefit of its handling.

Its curb weight of just over 2,000kg is masked by a fully pneumatic suspension, and when it comes to performance the sedan manages 0-60 in under 4.4 seconds - proper performance sedan territory.

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Other unique features include a front trunk dubbed a "Frunk", two rear-facing child seats and a huge sunroof that's controlled from the 17-inch infotainment touch screen. Some say the Model S could one day be seen as the most important car since the Model T. From what we - and Jay - have seen so far, it's hard to argue against that.