The 2013 Tesla is available to purchase as a four door sedan only but this is four years ahead of schedule for the company as well as a giant step ahead. The newly introduced “S” sedan is now wholly manufactured by Tesla and now on its own platform allowing for a variety of body styles with power options as well to be developed as their market share expands. Hopefully, at some point, this will allow the car to be marketed within the price range of any gainfully employed member of the population. The highest performance “S” sedan now develops 416 hp and delivers 443 lb-ft of torque will do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph. The entry level sedan can be had for $49,000.00 US after the $7,500.00 tax rebate is claimed while the net price on the highest performance model should be under $100,000.00 for the bottom line. This is the California MSRP and if the fuel savings are equated-the car is becoming very affordable. This could be the beginning of the direction all automobile manufacturers will be taking for the 21st century.
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The Tesla “S” Sedan first 1,000 units are the signature series and feature a roomy high -tech car interior; if it proves to be as reliable as the manufacturer claims then the future is now. While occupying the driver’s seat it is futuristic looking with the dash mounted 17 inch multi-function touch screen which is also built by Tesla. This screen is possibly the Achilles heel of the Tesla “S” as it controls all the main operating functions including radio, telephone, navigation, internet service, interior climate, as well as the motor to drive; there is no over-ride no alternative but to repair or replace it if it ceases to function. All you can do without the screen working is open the doors, put down the windows, and adjust the mirrors. Mercedes-Benz now owns Tesla shares with the "S"sedan now using some Mercedes technology. The new “S” will start automatically when you take the driver’s seat as long as you have the key in your pocket. Acceleration will be possible when the operator puts a foot on the brake and places the car into gear using the steering wheel mounted shift button. The car silently moves even as you accelerate which will create some problems as there is no warning noise given to pedestrians or other motorists that they are being overtaken other than the wind.
For the model “S” in 2013 there are still three battery packs to choose from as well as two motor choices offered. The entry level has the small motor and the base 40 kWh lithium-ion battery and this is good for 160 miles between charges while the 60 kWh pack will do 230 miles before the battery needs refilling but I have no performance data on these two choices. The most powerful battery is the 85 kWh package and with the smaller motor will give the Tesla 362 hp and develops 325 ft-lb of torque doing 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 125 mph. Both this version and the performance model are good for a 300 mile range before recharging according to the manufacturer. The performance “S” sedan specs are at the beginning of this article and all the batteries can be fully charged in 4 to 5 hours if a 220 volt outlet is used. The 2013 models handle much better than their older siblings smoothing out the rough surfaces and taking corners like it should Tesla has been hard at work making the more responsive and their attention shows a positive result.
We're looking at a 1968 Oldsmobile FWD Fouranado Olds 442. In 1968 Hurst and Oldsmobile were in the first year of the Hurst/Olds program. One of the Oldsmobile Engineers asked the Hurst Team to assist in the build of an experimental vehicle, the FWD Olds 442., and here it is.
We’re talking with the Owner Fred Mandrick. Fred’s had this car since 2012. The previous Owner had the car for 42 years! This car was in the front, or the “featured car” in 2013 at the Muscle Car and Corvette National ( MCACN ). Fred shares he first saw the car when taking to a gentleman who was putting a Hurst / Olds History book together. There was a picture of this “barn find” Front Wheel Drive ( FWD ) car and he when and negotiated a deal for the car. He restored the car completely back to its original condition.
The 2013 Viper has an all aluminum 8.4 liter V8 engine putting out 640 hp (477 kW) with a Tremec T6060 six speed manual transmission. The handling is improved with electronic stability control and traction control, the braking is better with four channel anti-lock as well as the four piston Brembo aluminum fixed calipers to stop the vented rotors.
Some driver refinements are a 4" display in the instrument cluster to display system messages an has controls to turn the traction control and the stability control off while the track mode has a built in timer, timer display, and “stop light”. The interior is more pleasing with other basic features such as cruise control, wheel mounted controls, the customized full color instrument cluster with gun metal trim, and the Harmon Kardon audio system with blue-tooth audio streaming are standard as is the 8.4’ touch screen display. Sirus-XM satellite radio, HD radio, and a built in HDD for storing music are also available. The SRT Viper GTS comes with leather Sabelt racing seats with complementing accented colors in doors, center console complete with integrated passenger grab handle as well as two HVAC outlets. The gun metal trim is on the window switch bezels, shifter base, and parking brake bezel with any stitching color coordinated. The bi-exnon projector headlamps for night driving with visibility improved by the LED signals and running lamps; the tail lights are also LED with a snakeskin textured lens caps. Other optional offers are the power seats, heated seats, a Garmin navigation system, and keyless entry. The shell is Kevlar and fiberglass with carbon fiber hood, roof, deck lid and aluminum door panels. There are four six spoke “rattler” wheel rims of forged ultra-lightweight aluminum with a choice of finishes of polished face with graphite painted pockets or fully painted hyper black and fully painted low gloss black to set off the Perelli P Zero Corsa tires. This Viper is able to do 206 mph 331 km/h) and has the new moniker of “Stryker”. There is also a 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R for racing; its designed for the GT class in the American Le Mans Series
The 2013/14 SRT Viper TA (time attack) is a 33 unit limited edition version of the SRT Viper couple with the Perelli tires mounted on the Sidewinder II rims with the Bilstein Damptronic two mode suspension having a stiffer and closer range of adjustments than the SRT Viper GTS. The aluminum structural “X” brace is replaced with a carbon fiber version to reduce weight and the brake calipers have a black anodized finish sporting the Viper logo in Crusher orange. This special edition is painted crusher orange with black 2D TA logo behind each front wheel and the black Stryker logo in the front fascia. The interior is black with the Crusher orange stitching on the cloth seats, instrument panel, and throughout the interior as a finishing touch. The advanced aerodynamics package has carbon fiber splitters and rear spoiler with carbon fiber appliqué covers the rear width to complete the detailing.
This Vipers top speed is 206 mph (331.5 km/h) and it beat the Corvette ZR1 for the best time at Laguna Mazda Seca by 1.33.62 seconds with the Corsa tires and was still quicker with racing slicks.