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Tesla Model S Can Hit (At Least) 132 MPH On the Autobahn

timothy posted about 10 months ago | from the now-in-a-complete-vacuum dept.

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cartechboy writes "There are few places in the world outside of a race track that you can safely--and legally-- go faster than 130 mph, but the Autobahn in Germany is one of them. After Tesla announced it'll offer a future special 'autobahn' tuning package to improve the Model S's high-speed driving characteristics, one owner took his car for a high-speed run on the infamous Germany highway. He hit a maximum speed of 212 km/h, or 132 mph. With 416 horsepower on tap and full torque available from a standstill thanks to the electric motor, the Model S went from 60 mph to 100 mph in less than five seconds. (Given the included video is mostly focused on the speedometer, lets hope the driver at least glanced at the road.) Only once the car passed 100 mph did its acceleration begin to slow."

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Speed is good, but what about range? (-1, Redundant)

Gonarat (177568) | about 10 months ago | (#45337361)

Electric motors are efficient as far as speed, but IMHO the Achilles's heel of electric cars is the range on a charge along with the ease and speed of charging the vehicle. I'd hate to be motoring down the Autobahn at 130-140 mph and run out of battery. A gasoline or diesel powered car has a range of 300-500 miles (depending on speed, engine efficiency, and size of tank), so assuming a 1/2 full or better tank, running out of fuel after 80-100 miles is not an issue. Even if the tank is low, it is easy to find a station and fill up in a few minutes, then get back on the road.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#45337393)

The Tesla has a range of 300 miles.

You can fill up at a supercharger station in like 20 minutes or Telsa has shown a battery swap in 90 seconds.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (3, Interesting)

zlives (2009072) | about 10 months ago | (#45337459)

what is the range while doing said 132 mph?

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337525)

What's the range of the petrol car once you're at 132mph?

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (2)

zlives (2009072) | about 10 months ago | (#45337551)

more than the tesla...

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (3, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#45337581)

Citation?

I believe it, but I bet it would be pretty close. Especially since the Tesla is way more aerodynamic than most saloons. At those speeds air resistance will be a major factor.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

zlives (2009072) | about 10 months ago | (#45337695)

agreed, i don't have exact numbers as for some reason no one keeps such info ;)
however my 06 s4 did little over 80 miles at 135 (average) before i stopped to get gas. tank wasn't full but pretty close to start and it was a little less than quarter full at stop. so maybe 90 miles in that one specific example.
at 100 it went for over 200 miles so a pretty sharp drop...

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 10 months ago | (#45337769)

Back when I had my 1986 911 Turbo...on a highway trip, I was keeping it wound to about 105 or 110 for a long part of the first leg of the trip.

With the turbo kicked in and out...I usually got about 10mpg out of that engine. Granted, it had been raced before I bought it, and from what I know, it wasn't exactly a street legal compression in the engine, but my range from fill up to fill up (not fully empty mind you) was about over 200 miles....250 - 260 or so?

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (5, Funny)

Overzeetop (214511) | about 10 months ago | (#45337855)

No, there's no way a Citation could hit 132 MPH

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337611)

What's the range of the petrol car once you're at 132mph?

Better than an electric piece of shit.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337707)

What's the range of the petrol car once you're at 132mph?

Better than an electric piece of shit.

Jeremy Clarkson, is that you?

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (2)

defcon-11 (2181232) | about 10 months ago | (#45337651)

Well, lets says it's 5 mpg * 20 gallons, I would say you'd get around 100 miles in a stock street legal sports car.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337899)

My Corvette gets 26MPG easily on the highway. Granted, I'm not driving at 132MPH, but I'm not doing 55 either. Also, "recharge" takes less than 5 minutes at a commodity gas station... I don't need to drive 3 hours out of my way to the next state to find some fancy supercharge station and then wait another 20+ minutes while it charges "fast".

Re: Speed is good, but what about range? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337795)

My M5 can easily go over 250 miles at 132mph
also i recharge it in under 10 mins.

That telsa cant touch my top speed and cannot touch the refuel/recharge time.

electrics are getting better but they cannot touch my BEAST

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337463)

not at 210km/h it doesn't.

anyhow, almost any 2l or bigger motored car goes over 210 so what's the point here?

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 10 months ago | (#45337467)

That's the manufacturer specified range under certain conditions. The range won't be the same for all power outputs. It's most likely not at it's most efficient at 132 MPH. That's not to say that any other car is (perhaps F1), but I'd like to see how it compares to gasoline cars that are also going at full throttle.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#45337479)

Sure, but no gasoline car gets 300 miles at 130mph either.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (0)

SerpentMage (13390) | about 10 months ago | (#45337879)

I call BS! I know I have. I drive a Mercedes and I can get 300 miles, or about 450 KM (regularly drive Frankfurt - Zurich), I have also drive a Fiat Coupe from Kiel to Cannes in one sitting (not one tank of gas)! Yes cars can get that mileage...

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 10 months ago | (#45337473)

WOW! 300 miles at 132 mph.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#45337565)

No one said that.
Nor does any gasoline car I know of do that.

At those speeds air resistance becomes a real impediment to fuel economy.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (2)

SerpentMage (13390) | about 10 months ago | (#45337893)

Really? You know, how so? I have driven those types of stretches and at that speed can get that mileage. And yes I live in Europe and yes I lived in Germany.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

zlives (2009072) | about 10 months ago | (#45337493)

also are there any tesla battery swap stations on the autobahn?

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (2, Informative)

larry bagina (561269) | about 10 months ago | (#45337665)

1. That 20 minute number tesla likes to throw around is for a 50% re-charge.

2. Tesla swap stations don't exist yet and when they do, they're not a swap so much as an expensive rental with lots of fine print. Remember when blockbuster (remember blockbuster?) eliminated late fees? Great... but if you didn't return it in time, they decided you bought it and charged you even more. Guess what happens if you don't return your "swapped" batteries back to the same swap station within their specified time frame?

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about 10 months ago | (#45337729)

I'd guess I wouldn't get the one they took from me back and I'd have to keep this new/old/different one.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about 10 months ago | (#45337771)

The pricing scheme is supposed to be set lower than an equivalent amount of gasoline in the local market, so there's that.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337453)

A gasoline or diesel powered car has a range of 300-500 miles (depending on speed, engine efficiency, and size of tank), so assuming a 1/2 full or better tank, running out of fuel after 80-100 miles is not an issue.

You're aware that Germany is a much smaller country than the US, so you would never have a reason to drive that far?

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337513)

You're aware that Germany is a much smaller country than the US, so you would never have a reason to drive that far?

I pretty sure a german could think of a reason to drive that far [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337563)

You are aware that there are other countries that border with Germany, and unlike USians, europeans actually know that other countries exist and go to them?

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 10 months ago | (#45337811)

You are aware that there are other countries that border with Germany, and unlike Americans, europeans actually know that other countries exist and go to them?

There..fixed that for you...

And with the US being so large, one can travel here for a lifetime seeing new and different things and people and never have to leave the country.

Not necessarily a bad thing, just a different experience based upon geological location.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#45337605)

So Germans never visit other nations?

That does not seem to match up with what I saw in Europe.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337669)

So Germans never visit other nations?

That does not seem to match up with what I saw in Europe.

There are trains and planes and such. Cross-country drives are much less common here.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337783)

Years that I live in the US, I drive 1.5 hours each way 4x a week in the US. Years that I live in Europe, I see no point in driving. The trains are actually useful.

Despite the rumors, the autobahn is just the German word for highway... with some exceptions, it's not as special as people make it out to be.

Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (1)

Shawn Parr (712602) | about 10 months ago | (#45337757)

I'd hate to be motoring down the Autobahn at 130-140 mph and run out of battery. A gasoline or diesel powered car has a range of 300-500 miles (depending on speed, engine efficiency, and size of tank), so assuming a 1/2 full or better tank, running out of fuel after 80-100 miles is not an issue.

At 130+ MPH a gasoline or diesel powered car gets nowhere near 300-500 miles of range. They most likely are getting sub 10 mpg.

huh? (0)

Connie_Lingus (317691) | about 10 months ago | (#45337363)

..I went 145 on I95 for about 10 minutes just south of Jacksonville Fl in a 1993 Toyota Maxima years ago...this is news?

Re:huh? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#45337409)

Where did you get this magic electric Toyota Maxima?

Where is there a section of I95 without a speed limit? Or did you break the law?

Re:huh? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 10 months ago | (#45337843)

Where is there a section of I95 without a speed limit? Or did you break the law?

Two magic words here:

Radar Detector

Re:huh? (1)

Antipater (2053064) | about 10 months ago | (#45337419)

I'm not a car enthusiast, so I may be misinformed. But 60 to 100 in only five seconds is very impressive, is it not?

Re:huh? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 10 months ago | (#45337615)

It's quick. But an Ariel Atom is 'very impressive'. 0-100, 5.4 seconds.

Re:huh? (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about 10 months ago | (#45337717)

An Ariel Atom is also pretty much the absolute bare minimum you can call a "car".

Re:huh? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 10 months ago | (#45337807)

Yep, it's perfect.

I was shocked to see some idiot had ruined one by putting batteries and an electric motor into one.

Re:huh? (2)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | about 10 months ago | (#45337789)

It's quick. But an Ariel Atom is 'very impressive'. 0-100, 5.4 seconds.

The Atom is missing certain luxury elements in order to achieve it's admittedly extremely fast acceleration. Like windows. And a roof.

Re:huh? (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about 10 months ago | (#45337863)

Yes, because a 600 kilo 4.9 cubic metre F1-style sports car is the same as a 2,100 kilo 14.0 cubic metre luxury hatchback sedan.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337633)

Depends on the direction, gravity can help a lot.

Re:huh? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337691)

Meh. My 1964 VW Microbus can go from 0 to 60... on a good day.

Re:huh? (1)

zlives (2009072) | about 10 months ago | (#45337759)

+1 Funny, yes with a good tail wind (hurricane style)

Re:huh? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 10 months ago | (#45337829)

I've got a 2.0, fuel injected porsche motor that will fix that.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337713)

not really, no. In that amount of time, a lot of cars can do 0-100. New hybrid mclaren will do 0-60 in 2.8, but can't remember what it's 0-100 is, but it does a standing quarter mile in 10.2 seconds at 145mph

Re:huh? (5, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | about 10 months ago | (#45337423)

..I went 145 on I95 for about 10 minutes just south of Jacksonville Fl in a 1993 Toyota Maxima years ago...this is news?

Considering the Maxima was made by Nissan and not Toyota, absolutely.

Otherwise, not so much. ;-)

Re:huh? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 10 months ago | (#45337557)

On top of that, unless it was a different car than the one here [autoevolution.com] , it couldn't have gone 145 mph, because the top speed was only 137 mph. 145 mph is 232 km/h, and most speedometers don't even go that high, so I wonder how it was accurately measured, especially in 1993 when GPS units weren't common.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337675)

The engine doesn't magically cut out at a car's rated "top speed." The real maximum is determined by the condition of the particular engine, and I've seen plenty of cars surpass their "top speed." As for telling your speed once you've pegged the speedometer in a manual car: watch the tachometer. Math is easy. (You can do this in a slushbox too but it's not super accurate.)

Re:huh? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about 10 months ago | (#45337751)

Speedometers display a number higher than the actual speed. Kind of like when your measure your pecker in centimeters rather than inches. In fact, the Tesla autobahn package is nothing more than an adjustment to the speedometer fudge.

Re:huh? (1)

MiniMike (234881) | about 10 months ago | (#45337805)

most speedometers don't even go that high, so I wonder how it was accurately measured, especially in 1993 when GPS units weren't common.

He was being paced by a Honda Mustang (with the upgraded speedometer package) being driven by a unicorn.

Re:huh? (1)

paiute (550198) | about 10 months ago | (#45337461)

I took the hill down into Wabuska in a 1973 Ford Courier at over 100 mph. Stock. Beat that.

Re:huh? (1)

deadweight (681827) | about 10 months ago | (#45337517)

Yeah, I can't recall the last time I had a car that would not exceed 140 MPH, but none of them were electric. That does sound fun, but I am guessing range at that speed was about 50 miles. My old Porsche could do better than 30 MPG until about 90 and then fuel economy went off a cliff above that.

Re:huh? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#45337641)

What cars do you buy?
Many common modern cars are limited below that. ~100mph is a pretty common cut off.

A Porsche is not really a normal car, they are designed for enthusiasts.

Re:huh? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 10 months ago | (#45337731)

150 is the most common cutoff for fast cars. Even cars that don't go that fast in stock form.

At about 150 aerodynamic forces like to lift the front wheels off the ground on cars that aren't specifically setup (spoilers and airdams) to go that fast.

Re:huh? (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about 10 months ago | (#45337741)

I dunno, my Scion FR-S (Toyota 86/GT86/FT86 elsewhere) isn't limited at least until 110mph. In New Jersey, opportunities to go that fast are rare, let alone faster.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337533)

I pegged the needle a few times on my 4-cylinder, carbureted, stock 1985 Mustang. Was it 90? 100? I'll never know. I was young and stupid. Obviously not a supercar. Aerodynamic force varies as the cube, which is why most cars can get to 100, but few can get to 150 and 200 is spectacular. So. Pegging my needle. Not impressive. Really rather stupid... but I loved the growl it made when I took my foot *off* the accelerator and it wound down-- GGGGGGRrrrrrrrrr....

Re:huh? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 10 months ago | (#45337629)

At about 150 it becomes apparent that most cars are basically airfoils.

Re:huh? (1)

necro81 (917438) | about 10 months ago | (#45337687)

Appropriate (what if) xkcd [xkcd.com]

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337573)

There is NO way your 'maxima' could do 145. If, at best, the speedo said that, I sincerely doubt you ever were that fast. Considering that the car had either 160 or 190hp, you were not moving that fast at all.

1/10 on the troll though.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337739)

There is NO way your 'maxima' could do 145.

Well, you could drop it from a cargo plane...

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337603)

this reminds me of the time i drove my Mercedes M6 on the I-5 bridge from Chicago to Detroit at almost 200mph

First! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337383)

First!

Impressive. (2)

jcochran (309950) | about 10 months ago | (#45337429)

Impressive. But stupid. Yes, the autobahn has unlimited speed, but they also require that the vehicle be in serviceable condition. Given the warning indicator for the tire pressure system, I kinda wonder if the tires were properly inflated and in good condition. But at least the test wasn't for long.

Re:Impressive. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337451)

But people keep saying that electric cars don't need service.

Re:Impressive. (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 10 months ago | (#45337549)

I kinda wonder if the tires were properly inflated and in good condition

Probably, they were.

When Top Gear took a Bugatti Veyron [topgear.com] up to top speed, they said the tires would only last a few minutes, but the fuel would give out slightly before then.

My guess is driving that fast puts a lot of strain on the tires, and even if you started off with no warning lights, you'd end up with a couple.

Re:Impressive. (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 10 months ago | (#45337649)

Top speed on the Veyron was about 70mph faster then the Tesla. That's an entirely different league.

Re:Impressive. (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 10 months ago | (#45337725)

Yes and no. I'm betting this was about the top of the engineered range for the Tesla and its tires -- which likely means they didn't really do a lot of engineering and testing around these speeds.

Going as fast as your tires are rated for has about the same net effect I should think -- they get very hot, start to wear out, and likely don't have the expected pressure any more.

Re:Impressive. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337753)

actually they ran at 260 MPH, or about 120MPH faster

Re:Impressive. (1)

Mirar (264502) | about 10 months ago | (#45337859)

Most likely they put on new wheels for this test drive, and didn't bother to recalibrate the tyre pressure sensor (or the new wheels didn't have sensors). I get that warning light every time I switch between summer and winter wheels...

That's pretty crappy. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337445)

416 horse power and it can only do 132 mph is nothing to brag about.

My car [wikipedia.org] can do 140 mph [autoevolution.com] with only 200 horse power.

Re:That's pretty crappy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337529)

My shittastic 80-HP diesel Mercedes (0-60 in 14 seconds, W00T!) can go 120. It's as much a matter of gear ratios as anything else.

Re:That's pretty crappy. (1)

cvtan (752695) | about 10 months ago | (#45337535)

Have to agree. My old M5 with 311hp could do 155mph and was artificially limited to that speed. I wonder if the Tesla drive circuitry cannot keep up the 400+hp output without having "issues".

Re:That's pretty crappy. (1)

bmajik (96670) | about 10 months ago | (#45337765)

Yep.

On Autobahn I did 220kph in a 320d 6 speed wagon, and 240kph in an Astra 1.6 gasoline..

Given Tesla's aerodynamics, and 416 hp stated power, I would expect a Vmax easily of 300 kph. I am surprised about a 132mph limit. I am guessing this is set in firmware to correspond to tire limits (iirc, 130mph is a US tire speed rating)

Fantastic choice on the E34 m5, btw. I have an E28 M5 myself..

Re:That's pretty crappy. (2)

necro81 (917438) | about 10 months ago | (#45337733)

Horsepower doesn't mean anything - it's just a number. An M-1 Abrams tank has about 1500 horsepower - think it can go faster than a modest automobile? Power to weight ratio is far more revealing, and a much better figure of merit.

Re:That's pretty crappy. (3, Informative)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 10 months ago | (#45337799)

My car can do 140 mph with only 200 horse power.

You ostensibly have a sports car (a pretty one at that) but the Model S is a sedan and it will still spank your '86 in the 0-60 (3.9s vs 6.0s) and 1/4 mile (12.4s vs 14.7s). It all depends what the machine is optimized for.

Don't race a Model S for pink slips.

gearing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337485)

I used to have a 2003 Honda S2000 with 240 HP from a 2.0L. Its final drive ratio was 4.625 and it could do 155mph.

The Tesla's final drive ratio[or equivalent] must be less with all that extra power.

Re:gearing (1)

compro01 (777531) | about 10 months ago | (#45337647)

The Model S has a fixed 9.73:1 ratio.

Infamous? (2)

drachenfyre (550754) | about 10 months ago | (#45337531)

Infamous autobahn? I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Re:Infamous? (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 10 months ago | (#45337583)

It means it's more than famous. It's so famous, it's IN-famous!

Re:Infamous? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 10 months ago | (#45337849)

I used to work with a guy who would only use "infamous". I don't think he said famous, even once. He almost always used it the wrong way. And he used the word a lot, like at least weekly. It really grated at my nerves.

typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337539)

Apparently the length of the Autobahn spans the entire planet.....

"Germany's autobahn network has a total length of about 12,845 kilometres (7,982 mi) in 2012,[3] which ranks as the fourth longest highway system in the world behind the National Trunk Highway System (NTHS) of China (97,355 km), the Interstate Highway System of the United States (75,932 km) and the highways in Spain (16,204 km)."

Re:typo (1)

Saethan (2725367) | about 10 months ago | (#45337721)

Quick, go fix Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] .

Re:typo (4, Funny)

immaterial (1520413) | about 10 months ago | (#45337727)

It is true: the Autobahn is a single, linear tunnel straight through the core of the earth. Great way to get to Fiji.

it can also (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337547)

cook a nice flambe

Save some cash. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337577)

For less than the price of insurance for that thing you can get a 1000cc sport bike that will do 180+MPH and get 40mpg (but not at 180mph). Go used and you might get an ugly one for as low as $2500 or so. Added benefit of less damage to whatever it is that you hit though you'll be dead so you won't care.

Is that the top speed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337601)

The acceleration is impressive, but if 132mph is the top speed, I'm underwhelmed. I've gone faster in a MINI Cooper S. It wasn't legal but it was a hell of a lot of fun.

Re:Is that the top speed? (1)

Mirar (264502) | about 10 months ago | (#45337895)

Probably he just ran into a truck overtaking a truck, or roadworks.
You get those every few kilometers on the Autobahn.

And someday (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | about 10 months ago | (#45337621)

I may be able to afford one.

Re:And someday (1)

neo-mkrey (948389) | about 10 months ago | (#45337697)

Sorry, no, you won't, and neither will I.

Hmm, I wonder why sales in Germany are low? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337623)

The Tesla Model S has been on sale in Germany for two months, though the car hasn’t fared as well as it has in other markets.

This is because Germans don't voluntarily want to enter a small enclosed space, wondering if they're going to end up getting cremated.

Montana (2)

Eyezen (548114) | about 10 months ago | (#45337635)

"Here in the U.S., Tesla Model S owners are likely to rarely reach the carâ(TM)s 130 mph top speed..." Does Montana still have no speed limit during the day?

Re:Montana (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337911)

No, pedantic assholes ruined that, but when it was around, i did 135 in a nissan nx2000 up around the canada border just east of the park, we were going to have a weekend in lethbridge (i was maybe 19 or 20 at the time, drinking age there is 18 and its only a couple hours drive) and just decided to see what i could do, i hit 135 for about 2 seconds (could have gone higher, how high i dont know but there was plenty of tach left and apparently no governor) but i wussed out, plus my buddies girlfriend was riding with me and she was already looking a bit concerned, cool story, i know, but no we have speed limits now, some are ridiculously slow, others are ridiculously fast, its really weird, 4 lane highway can be 60 mph, country back road can be 70 mph, then revered in some other areas.

It can drive? (1)

chelunick (3421509) | about 10 months ago | (#45337701)

Oh my, a very hyped up and expensive car .. can go ... a lot slower than other, cheaper cars. Definately newsworthy ... Dang fanboys http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/11/05/173223/tesla-model-s-can-hit-at-least-132-mph-on-the-autobahn# [slashdot.org]

WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337809)

Did you just link to this very page, in your comment?!

Why? I mean, why would anyone need a link to the page that they're currently viewing?

Re:It can drive? (1)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | about 10 months ago | (#45337831)

Oh my, a very hyped up and expensive car .. can go ... a lot slower than other, cheaper cars.
Definately newsworthy ...
Dang fanboys http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/11/05/173223/tesla-model-s-can-hit-at-least-132-mph-on-the-autobahn# [slashdot.org]

Pardon me, but what cheaper sedan goes from 60-100MPH in less than five seconds?

132mph = 416hp? What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45337755)

My POS 94 V6 mustang can hit 135mph with a basic tune and no speed limiter. That's around 140-160hp

So the Tesla Model S really only has ~160 HP?

How about safety for other traffic participants (0)

j.postema (3421521) | about 10 months ago | (#45337801)

Driving at this speed means you don't respect safety of other drivers. The German law is idiot. I hear people talking about their recently ordered Tesla-gatget. How about safety for non-motorized traffic? I suppose at low speeds it will be difficult to hear those cars approaching. Why do car drivers seem to like very high acceleration numbers? Is the high acceleration feature safe for non-motorized traffic?
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