FIRST SEEN IN UNCRATE MAGAZINE — Insane doesn't just describe this electric vehicle — that's the actual name of its performance mode. Tap "Insane" on the Tesla's 17-inch touchscreen, and you have access to frightening acceleration, with its dual motors silently propelling the sedan from 0-60 in a mere 3.1 seconds. For reference, that's faster than the Porsche 911 GT3, the Audi R8, and the McLaren F1. Obviously, the lack of an engine doesn't hurt its speed, and thanks to the heavy, under-floor battery pack, the all-wheel drive Tesla has an amazingly low center of gravity that makes the driving experience less like a car and more like a go kart. Besides the touchscreen, it's got an otherwise spartan interior, free of a transmission humps (since it doesn't have a transmission). The key fob, which looks like a toy Model S, lets you do things like pop the trunks or open the sunroof, just by tapping on the corresponding spot. If you hand over control, the Tesla's cameras, radars, and sonars can take over the driving, and should they ever falter, you can rest assured that it has the highest safety rating of any vehicle in America. Of course, you also get a driving range of 253 miles, which is every bit as impressive as anything else this car does.
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