Tesla Model S 6.1 Australian Hands On: New Software Means This Car Practically Drives Itself

The best feature of the Tesla Model S isn’t what you think it would be. It’s not the insane acceleration, the luxurious interior or even that massive screen it’s packing. It’s the fact that if you buy one, you’re driving a rolling piece of tech that can be updated and made better with new software over time. I test drove the new software last weekend, which includes the funky Autopilot feature. The result? A Model S that essentially drives itself.

Clive Palmer Wants A Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is a pretty amazing car. All you need to do is drive the thing to realise Elon Musk and his company are onto something special. Australian mining billionaire-turned-politician Clive Palmer test drove a shiny new Model S and now wants one to add to his multi-million dollar collection.

How Much Faster Is The Model S P85D Than The Vanilla Model S?

Video: As you go up the range of any car model, you expect to get more gadgets and a slight speed boost. On the Tesla Model S P85D, you get more speed than you might be prepared for thanks to its “Insane” acceleration setting. Check out how the P85D leaves the vanilla Model S for dead in this video comparison.

Finally, Something That Can Beat The Tesla Model S P85D In A Race

We’ve been following the racing prowess of the frankly-bonkers Tesla Model S P85D for a while now. It seems to monster anything it comes across. But now a challenger has appeared in the form of a Lamborghini appears to be able to take down the supercharged electric monster car.

Elon Musk On Why We Need A Carbon Tax

Billionaire Elon Musk has a few things on the boil at the moment. He’s revolutionising how we all get around with Tesla electric supercars, SpaceX reusable rockets and an experimental Hyperloop, while also working on a plan to launch a Mars colony running in the background. Needless to say, he’s a real-life billionaire/genius/playboy/philanthropist. At a recent press conference, he was asked if governments should put a price on carbon, and his answer is incredibly sensible.

The Tesla Model S Is A Supercar For The Snow

Elon Musk is having a chatty day on Twitter again. In between talking SpaceX and drone rockets, he shared a video of a Tesla Motors Model S showing off a pretty impressive feat — but it’s not a feat of speed or of electric range.

Where's Malcolm Turnbull? Visiting Tesla In California

It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Prime Minister Tony Abbott the last few days, what with the whole knighting a Prince thing, and that situation has been made worse by the seemingly open revolt of various Liberal Party MPs and government backbenchers. One voice has been conspicuously absent, though — Malcolm Turnbull, who is making geeks across the country jealous with a visit to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.

Watch 'Insane Mode' On A Tesla Model S P85D Scare The Crap Out Of Passengers

Video: When Elon Musk unveiled the 691-horsepower Model S P85D, he hinted that it would feature Normal, Sport and Insane driving modes. Turns out that the Insane Mode is well-labelled, considering that it scares the living crap out of anyone who comes for a ride in it.

Watch A Tesla Model S Completely Annihilate A Dodge Challenger Hellcat In A Drag Race

We already know that the Tesla Model S is quite a car to be reckoned with. It munches the road, humiliates Ferarris where they stand now it’s smashing records at a drag strip against a weaponised Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

Road Trip: 3000km Around Australia In A Tesla Model S

It has been 5 weeks since we received our Tesla Model S and we’ve been fortunate to spend around three weeks with the car (we lost two weeks due to an overseas holiday). During that time we’ve completed one major road trip to Canberra and a few shorter trips of a couple of hundred kilometres. Here’s what it’s like behind the wheel.