You’re not just the kind of guy who always has to have the latest iPhone, you’re a dyed-in-the-wool gadget lover. You check TechCrunch every day, you eagerly await CES every year for the latest tech innovations, and your home is seamlessly interconnected from the fridge to the AC. From robot assistants to VR, 2017 is an exciting year for technology, but the crown in every tech-lover’s collection right now has to be the Tesla Model S.
Tesla took the world by storm by not only making the most luxurious emissions-free car, but also the quickest car ever made, reaching 60 mph in just 2.28 seconds in an independent trial, thanks to a software upgrade known as Ludicrous+. As the Detroit Big Three continue to struggle, massive but always susceptible to decline and no longer known for innovation, Tesla has reinvented the international reputation of American automobiles. As one UK car magazine pointed out, ten years ago, no one would have expected the US to produce an electric, fast, practical luxury sedan, but as it turns out, they’re unrivalled at the form.
There is no question that the Tesla Model S is a technological marvel, but what makes it the must-have luxury vehicle of the future (that is, besides the speed and gas-free driving)?
• Full self-driving hardware: the auto-pilot to end all auto-pilot, it relies on a system of cameras and sensors that matches speed and traffic conditions, ideal for highway commuting, in addition to self-parking. It even tells you which lane you need to be in when you’re on the highway, putting you in a faster lane and still getting you to your off-ramp in time.
• A state-of-the-art, easy-to-use touchscreen that controls satellite radio, internet streaming, climate controls, a Bluetooth-enabled hands-free phone system, an intuitive Google Maps app with traffic information, and information about your energy consumption.
• A 572-kilometer range in the P100D (given highway driving and room temperatures), not to mention a growing charging station infrastructure, though it’s already comprehensive enough to get you from one end of North America to the other.
• A medical-grade HEPA air filtration system that spares you from dust, pollution, and allergens. If you suffer from allergies, you won’t even want to get out of your car.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on this tech gadget, it’s time start looking for new and used Tesla cars online.
Of course, you can’t talk about Tesla without talking about the imminent release of the Tesla Model 3. Auto industry watchers are now looking at the threat the Model 3 poses to luxury car manufacturers, especially BMW, whose 3 Series now looks like it’s under threat from a Model 3 that may prove more luxurious than initially thought. While its $35,000 price tag is meant to make electric vehicles a mass-market product, options like auto-pilot have put it firmly in the price range of entry-level luxury cars. A fully decked-out Model 3 will be more expensive than an Audi A7 and comparable to a Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, but the Model 3 has already outpaced the competition in the US — and it’s not even off the production line yet. The Model S may be the cream of the crop, blending tech and automotive, but the Model 3 is a great buy for entry-level luxury drivers.