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Zoom! Tesla Model S tops 130 mph on Autobahn

A Tesla Model S gets taken through its paces on a portion of the German Autobahn with no speed limit.

Tesla S topping 130 on Autobahn
I'm guessing this is faster than my Prius can go. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The Tesla Model S may be one of the most scrutinized cars in history. Its range has been question. The company had to respond to a video of one the cars on fire. It also became the first car without an internal combustion engine to be named Motor Trend's Car of the Year.

We can talk about the car's battery, style, range, practicality, and price. But what gearheads really want to know is how fast can that baby go? The official answer from Tesla is 130 mph. Now we have some video evidence that this speed is, indeed, possible.

Martin Messer Thomsen from EV is the driver. He tops out at 212 kph, which translates to just under 132 mph. It's no Ferrari, but that's a respectable speed.

Most Tesla S owner won't ever have the opportunity to try this for themselves, so it's probably reassuring to know their vehicles could put in a decent showing on the track if called upon to do so.

While it's pretty cool to see an electric car raging along at that speed, Thomsen might be well-advised to pick up a chest-mount for his phone next time. That one-handed high-speed driving makes me a little nervous.

(Via Ars Technica)