I just received my Model S this past week after 20+ months of being a reservation holder. I have to say this is a pretty amazing vehicle in many ways - the technology, the performance, and the electric operation. It is an absolute blast to drive (even with no exhaust) and matches the ride and handling of the best luxury sedans I have driven. The R8 is not going anywhere, so I will still have my loud, obnoxious, petro sucking, always a thrill, car to drive around whenever needed.
It was also just named the Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year: http://www.automobilemag.com/feature...s/viewall.html
"The crazy speed builds silently and then pulls back the edges of your face. It had all of us endangering our licenses." Our Model S was of Signature Performance spec, which means its AC induction motor puts out 416 hp and that it blasts to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Even those numbers -- positively absurd for a large sedan that uses not a lick of gasoline -- fail to communicate how crazy it actually feels. "It's alarming to jam the accelerator of such a big car and have it surge forward so quickly and so quietly," says copy editor Rusty Blackwell.