2012 Tesla Model S - Jay Leno's Garage

  • Published on Oct 28, 2012
  • 2012 Tesla Model S. It carries five adults and two kids and has a 300 mile range! Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen gives Jay an up-close deep dive on the Tesla S.
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Comments • 4 097

  • Capt Larry -
    Capt Larry - 6 days ago

    The unfortunate problems with Tesla are these 1. Costs as much as a house 2. No Dealer Service Network. 3. Wont sell you parts ! 4. Even if you are rich enough to be totally divorced from thinking about maintenance or cost the real Ogre Under The Bridge is a Terrible Records of Fires destroying the Vehicles.( google burning Tesla and Burning Leaf.. many teslas, zero Leafs !) The huge parts count of their batteries has the unexpected consequence of making them vulnerable to failure. Of course anyone familiar with the real world knows this is totally predictable. If you think you had a hard time communicating if you had a real problem with PayPal.. well that system is alive and well at Tesla. Sorry Elon.. its a noble effort.. but hubris baby hubris.

  • Capt Larry -
    Capt Larry - 6 days ago

    So many of those things have gone up in flames, I wouldn't keep it in the same building with anything I cared about. Get a Leaf... which is the really historical modern electric car..and safe too !

  • Joe Ryan
    Joe Ryan 10 days ago

    I deliver pizzas for a restaurant inside a gas station that just happens to have Tesla chargers, so I’m walking around these cars constantly. Great looking cars, but I’ve never been in one.

    MAXEL 13 days ago

    We need a new "Review" of the current model

  • Eddie Le'Mans Sports
    Eddie Le'Mans Sports 16 days ago

    Im most sure Jay meant to say step on the Accelerator not Gas...Lol😉

  • Mark R
    Mark R 17 days ago

    7 years later, still at the top.

  • Robert Psotka
    Robert Psotka 20 days ago

    when the batteries need to be replaced, you can junk the car

  • The Prestige
    The Prestige 24 days ago +2

    I wanted to see the FRUNK! Never seen one and they didnt show it wtf?!?

  • ginbelg1
    ginbelg1 27 days ago +4

    Wow 7 years ago, i was skeptical about jay when I only found out about his channel, but now I see why his fans love him so much, trully a great guy!

  • Issac Newton
    Issac Newton 28 days ago +1

    We need to see a Tesla factory race team once they get caught up with their product line.
    I hope Jay gets one of the first Tesla Roadster Mk2s and takes it for a track day.

  • KC Tung
    KC Tung Month ago

    I just realize it looks like Mazda. Nevertheless still amazing impressive technology.

    MICHGO1 Month ago +1


  • Reggie Anderson
    Reggie Anderson Month ago

    Wish chevron, shells, BP, and Texco would convert their gas pumps to electric.

  • xOneAudience
    xOneAudience Month ago +1

    April 2019 here

  • Raymond Smith
    Raymond Smith Month ago

    9:08 and in the background.....a 20 year old LS400 that still looks new. What are the odds this Tesla will still be as good looking and reliable without bankrupting the owner with repairs in 20 yeas?

    LULAARO ! Month ago

    The model S looks so different now

  • 2nd3rd1st
    2nd3rd1st Month ago +3

    "We've just introduced Supercharging..." Ahh the nostaligia, that's my childhood right there!
    Now I'm a mother of four, traveled the world twice and am about to sell my business to retire at 32. Thanks, Tesla!

  • Simon Deelstra
    Simon Deelstra Month ago +1

    1:43 I don't know of any laptops with 18650 batteries 😂😂😂

    • commoguru
      commoguru 19 days ago

      Simon Deelstra a lot of them do, ever taken apart the battery pack? full of 18650's

  • **
    ** Month ago +1

    Bummer Elon didn't show up...

  • Saverio Salemme
    Saverio Salemme Month ago +1

    Didn’t Jay buy the car afterwards ?

  • Aron Estabillo
    Aron Estabillo Month ago +1


  • William Morales
    William Morales Month ago

    Great electric car. 👍🙏✌️🌞😎🏎🍻

  • William Kinn
    William Kinn Month ago +1

    The sad thing is that the interior of the car needs updating to be competitive with today’s German car .

  • Matthew Cho
    Matthew Cho 2 months ago

    I am writing this in 2019, the future and I am sad that this company folded. Too bad, electric cars had so much potential but couldn't overcome perception, pricey batteries and charging time. Most people ignored them as voodoo technology.

    • Ben
      Ben 2 months ago +1

      Matthew Cho lol what are you talking about folding

  • Sandy Torres
    Sandy Torres 2 months ago +1

    “Put my foot on the gas”

    *Puts foot on throttle*

  • Bert 88
    Bert 88 2 months ago +1

    Who is here watching this in 2019 and still think this model S looks modern and current?

  • The Random Guy
    The Random Guy 3 months ago +1


  • Steven Loyens
    Steven Loyens 3 months ago

    When will Jay do the Model X and Model 3 reviews? :D

  • Exposed Motion Cinematics

    jay calles it Tesler

  • tomtalk24
    tomtalk24 4 months ago

    Electric car burnout isnt satisfying at all :( yay to the future.

  • MrTruth111
    MrTruth111 4 months ago

    Was Elon to busy to come also? Or does that open a can a worms?

  • dtouey
    dtouey 4 months ago

    Wonder if Jay has seen this: www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-17/tearing-apart-teslas-to-find-elon-musk-s-best-and-worst-decisions
    Apparently Tesla has great tech in battery and engine and (very) bad design in terms of manufacturability.

  • Keith Carter
    Keith Carter 4 months ago

    Would love to see you review the new Hyundai Ioniq! In either Hybrid, EV, or Plug-in!

  • William Dixon
    William Dixon 5 months ago +2

    Best thing about the car................USA made !

  • Fishing The Midwest
    Fishing The Midwest 5 months ago

    Thats the most beautiful Honda i've ever seen.

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1 Month ago


  • Argie dan
    Argie dan 5 months ago +1

    no subtitles :(

  • TheEseJandro
    TheEseJandro 5 months ago +1

    American Made.

  • Thomas Smith
    Thomas Smith 6 months ago

    Must be a German who has lived in America a long time

  • The Gaming Norwegian
    The Gaming Norwegian 6 months ago

    12:08, when Jay believes in something, it will succeed, as Tesla did.

  • Turkey Man
    Turkey Man 6 months ago

    Why would you put the exhaust under this drivers window? Oh sorry wrong video.

  • captainboggles
    captainboggles 6 months ago

    still on batteries? OMG when are we gonna see zero point power used, you only been sitting on it for 100 years the video is as boring as the car.

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1 Month ago


  • 787brx8
    787brx8 6 months ago

    I made A video on how to extend battery life. It can also restore the capacity of older batteries.
    Cellphones, EVs, solar power, storage and car batteries all can benefit from this easy trick!

  • Jeffrey Wang
    Jeffrey Wang 6 months ago

    6 years after and honestly, I now see Tesla as a joke, no new ideas, no market for luxuries electric cars after nearly 10 years, and my boy Tesla has a lot a lot of problems. Hybrid is much better and stable. At the same time consumers have a wide range of selections. Guess it’s just not the right time for electric cars yet. In fact Elon is a joke, hes got a great concept, got the money from people, built the car, spread fake news, times were good for Tesla in 2012 when it hit the market. Then he just started doing ridiculous things to draw attention and money. Well, rip Elon, now he only have two ways to go, either become one of the greatest revolutionary people in history, or the ultimate failure in jail for his “ disappeared” 5 billion dollars. Now in 2018, it’s hard to say that Tesla is even going to make it through 2020.

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1 Month ago


    • Tadeu Ferreira
      Tadeu Ferreira Month ago +1

      What drugs are you takeing? Model 3 is out selling it's ICE competitors.

  • Jack F
    Jack F 7 months ago

    My brother swapped his s class diesel for one and loves it except for high speed driving. Serious road roar.

  • ConsoleGeekcom
    ConsoleGeekcom 7 months ago

    That designer has absolutely no passion whatsoever.

  • Sub Conscious
    Sub Conscious 7 months ago +1

    Tesler. Lol

  • Kelly T
    Kelly T 7 months ago

    You didn't show off the torque,a little bit but dam,these things eat super cars off the line.

  • Jay Gill
    Jay Gill 7 months ago +1

    Arab oil tycoons hate Tesla cars.

  • Ricardo v. Duuren
    Ricardo v. Duuren 7 months ago

    That car is sick!

  • Barry Jones
    Barry Jones 8 months ago

    The performance is awesome. The build quality is poor.

  • oisiaa
    oisiaa 8 months ago +2

    It's fun to watch this video in 2018 and see how far Tesla has come!

    FORC3OFX F3AR 8 months ago

    Would it be cheaper to charge it from a generator vs outlet to ur electric bill

  • Carlo Carnevali
    Carlo Carnevali 8 months ago +1

    Watching in 2018. So proud of how far tesla has comd

  • Raffaele Vitucci
    Raffaele Vitucci 8 months ago +1

    The car looks really good and its quiet.

  • JSmooVE3990
    JSmooVE3990 9 months ago +3

    This is so funny to watch back several years later.

  • F Mat
    F Mat 9 months ago

    Nothing like salesman drool !!!

  • Jason WB
    Jason WB 9 months ago

    I like the Tesla, but still too expensive to own. Most Americans can't afford one. I hate the but you will save in long run on gas cost expression, Sure i guess. But electric cars will never be mainstream until initial cost of car is reduced. I see hybrids selling better at first. Henry Ford had a saying that he built cars that his own workers could afford, That's how Ford became so popular.

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1 Month ago


    • Tadeu Ferreira
      Tadeu Ferreira Month ago

      +Michael Vu that is not the market for tesla, tesla is aiming for a premium brand. Others will make sub 35 k cars

    • Michael Vu
      Michael Vu 2 months ago +1

      +Jason WB The average price for a new car sold in America is around $37k, so seeing how the Model 3 starts at $35K today I would say that Tesla has an "affordable" car that the middle-class can afford. If you are below middle-class, then you'll still have to wait until Tesla makes an even cheaper car that's on par with your Honda Civics, Toyota Camery's, and Ford Fiesta.

    • Jason WB
      Jason WB 8 months ago

      I think it's still true. Can you afford to own a Tesla?

    • Mitchell Radford
      Mitchell Radford 8 months ago +1

      Is this comment from 2012 or 2018?

  • joshua smith
    joshua smith 9 months ago +1

    Older video from 2012, but now I want to see Jay Leno in a Tesla roadster 2.0.

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1 Month ago


  • Sand Hill81
    Sand Hill81 9 months ago

    Yea But Jay has 150 cars and do not has to go work. So if this car is charging for hours or the battery is dwad. He has more cars.

    • Miguel lopez
      Miguel lopez 8 months ago

      +Dan Reynolds if only more people knew that 1-9 hour charge times didn't even matter and you actually saved more time by not going to a gas station.

    • Dan Reynolds
      Dan Reynolds 9 months ago +1

      Tesla (P100D) is my daily driver to work. it's actually quite a lot easier than a gas car. it charges in my garage every night, so i ALWAYS have a full charge every day. gone are the days where i get in my car in the morning and go "oh damn gotta fill up on my way to work". in fact literally the only time i have to do any charging (other than while i'm sleeping) is when i take the family on long trips. and even then, there has never been any range anxiety. there are superchargers everywhere, and they're usually located in the parking lots of restaurants and malls. the car tells you where they all are and directs you there, and even knows in real time exactly how many stalls are in use. it's by far the best car i've ever owned for both daily commute and long trips.

  • Sideshow Bob
    Sideshow Bob 9 months ago +1

    Please do the Tesla model 3

  • Melaine White
    Melaine White 9 months ago +2

    Yet another marketing pitch. 10-year battery life, 250 mile range, the tooth fairy. Three made up things innocent minds enjoy believing in. My beef is how long before such falsehoods lead to a ban on the ICE leaving me with the actual 50 mile range and 3 year battery life and triple the COO. Of course the car says over 200 miles of battery left, and the statements I got from Bernie Madoff said I was rich rich rich.

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1 Month ago


    • Melaine White
      Melaine White 7 months ago

      So I looked at the chart and was amused over it showing Teslas having battery packs whose maximum capacity INCREASES over time and use (along with there being many batteries with more than 100% capacity, huh?). I did like the comment to the effect: "Why can't I get these magical batteries for my tablet?"
      All indications are that this is simple marketing blather. So, this 300 mile range means you drive for 300 miles routinely before plugging in? Didn't think so. Oh, the car tells you, "Sure, of course, I can take you 1,000 miles before you'll have to charge, as long as you charge at 50 miles for real."
      Okay, the magic is real. So that every lithium battery pack I've ever used comes nowhere close to this magical longevity is because physics work differently in a Tesla than in my presence?

    • Dan Reynolds
      Dan Reynolds 9 months ago +1


    • Dan Reynolds
      Dan Reynolds 9 months ago +3

      i get 300 mile range in mine no problem. and there are MANY Teslas out there right now with 200,000 miles on them and still 90% of their battery life. the facts and data is out there. you sir are the one propagating outright lies.

  • ung427
    ung427 9 months ago

    Is that the electric field from the batteries that is messing with the mic sets for the show?

    • Miguel lopez
      Miguel lopez 8 months ago +1

      RMFs from a motor and static EMF from the DC in the battery aren't high enough in frequency to disrupt any radio communications.

  • Ruben Kelevra
    Ruben Kelevra 9 months ago +2

    What a timeless design. I can't think of a car designed in 2012 which still looks like a thing from the future today 🤔

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1 Month ago


  • fenderstratguy
    fenderstratguy 10 months ago

    DISCLAIMER: I have loved Tesla since the beginnning and I love it now. I want one someday!
    One thing I believe it is fair to add here is that these cars do cost a little extra to insure because the aluminum is harder to repair. So, that WILL offset any fuel savings. In short, I'm not convinced the car is CHEAPER to own and operate compared to a fossil car, at least yet.
    That said....what other car can say, "The day you buy our car you probably get the worst software it will ever have! Then it just keeps getting better, unlike other mass-produced cars that just deteriorate over time.
    And with fuel costs trending up over the years, who knows what fuel will cost in the future? I would suspect electricity costs will actually be quite reasonable in the future with all these solar roofs and fields of solar panels.
    Maybe some new geothermal electricity coming online out in Yellowstone (I hope)?

    • Melaine White
      Melaine White 9 months ago

      Hmmm, just not buyin' it fsg. I don't "update" my phone etc. since "updates" are the path to dump more advertising on me. My mandatory right now bank app "update" netted me ads before I can see my balance. A car that feels free to, and is able to change my driving experience at will--a big no thanks.

  • King Brilliant
    King Brilliant 10 months ago +1

    is the audio interferance caused by the TESLA BATTERIES?

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1 Month ago


  • Yuri Lakhtionov
    Yuri Lakhtionov 10 months ago

    A rain... in LA!!!

  • Ruben Kelevra
    Ruben Kelevra 10 months ago

    You really need to do an update on that 😂

  • dill papa
    dill papa 10 months ago

    1000 mile range electric cars were made 100 years ago.

  • Aaron
    Aaron 10 months ago +1

    Elon Musk and his designers are smart, innovative engineers with no sense of aesthetics. Visually, the cars are boring. Not ugly, just flavorless. I could not spot one on the street (or even in outer space) because every model follows some generic, melting-pot blend of other cars with no distinguishing, unique features. If only he would be as daring with visual design as he is with engineering. He doesn't understand art as an important form of communication, one that could express his concept, his automotive vision.

  • Pinewood Gallery
    Pinewood Gallery 10 months ago +2

    Every time I see a Tesla on the freeway the person driving it is going 20 MPH under the speed limit and holding up traffic. Why is that?

    • Dan Reynolds
      Dan Reynolds 9 months ago +1

      then you ain't seen me. ;)

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 9 months ago

      Pinewood Gallery - it’s called Hypermileing. The car runs more efficiently and gets Double the range, people have Hypermiled from SF to LA on one charge without using a Supercharger.

  • β Δ
    β Δ 11 months ago

    If any American has anything bad to say about Tesla, then it's idiocy. This is American. It's a revolutionary product. It performs very well.... and it's built by Americans in America. Besides, the base model will smoke most of the cars on the streets and anything with Ludicrous mode will smoke about anything out there. Perfect out the box. Now that's American. It's an icon.

  • SNJ
    SNJ 11 months ago +1

    Like how Jay has an open mind. Compared to the paid off buffoon Clarkson.

  • sandy3721
    sandy3721 11 months ago

    they should have made a station wagon model also

  • Genocider Sho
    Genocider Sho 11 months ago +1

    Now we are here, four years later and still no one can afford one.

    • Dan Reynolds
      Dan Reynolds 9 months ago +1

      i guess i'm no one then. :( by the way, my Model S P100D is by far the most fantastic car i've ever driven. if you ever get a chance to test drive one, i highly recommend giving it a try! :)

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 9 months ago +1

      Genocider - Diesel is NOT a clean fuel, and the President of AUDI tried to Tamper with and Destroy evidence - PERIOD. you can make a Clean Burning Diesel vehicle. Its why there are BANS for the sale of ALL NEW Diesel vehicles.

    • Genocider Sho
      Genocider Sho 9 months ago

      What I meant to say is, in reality...diesel isn't as bad as everyone says. That's just a lie. That they used software to fake their emissions is pure fact.

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 9 months ago +1

      Genosider - FACT is the President of AUDI has been in Jail since JUNE 2018 and will NOT get releaced as the COURT has determined that he will Tamper and Destroy EVIDENCE, this guy is a REALLY BAD MAN.

    • Genocider Sho
      Genocider Sho 9 months ago

      I bet it is...but I'm still angry about the diesel-shaming here in germany...the whole scandal was just made up. No one cares about it...VW Diesels were still better than literally everyone else. We germans are getting kind of robbed of the cars we have by the government and are almost forced to buy electric cars that are either too expensive or WIP's that don't really work.

  • cleanview70
    cleanview70 11 months ago +1

    amazing that in 2018 they are used as taxicabs in my city

  • Joseph Brogna
    Joseph Brogna 11 months ago +1

    Grew up in my grandparents 1991 all red Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser. I now own said car at 22 years old

    VALHALLAXE 11 months ago

    I am told that employees at Tesla refer to the company as "Stressla".....

    BLOCKPARTYVINTAGE 11 months ago +1

    Just like caddys, expensive junk

  • Paweł F. FishingVLOG
    Paweł F. FishingVLOG 11 months ago +1

    We have thousands of these in Norway. All work well.

  • Hanro50
    Hanro50 11 months ago +1

    Funny that the electric that didn't try to go dorky and impractical won out...

  • hheythered
    hheythered 11 months ago +2

    Franz definitely smoked a fatty before this.

  • tripjet999
    tripjet999 Year ago +1

    Please take the RECKLESS driving (burnouts, etc.) to the RACE TRACK, not the public roadways.

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 9 months ago +1

      tripjet999 - Tesla Model 3 is lighter and nimbler than the S, Model 3 also comes with Track Mode.

    • Sal Leone
      Sal Leone 10 months ago

      Please take the OLD MAN complaints (too fast, etc.) to the BINGO PARLOR , not Jay Leno's internet safe space.

  • Jason Granovsky
    Jason Granovsky Year ago

    When your pulling into a gas station.😂😂😂😂

  • Gunnar Marr
    Gunnar Marr Year ago +1

    colorado has so many teslas

  • Aurelio Pablos
    Aurelio Pablos Year ago +1

    Thanks!! Amazing video!!

  • Nicolas Pence
    Nicolas Pence Year ago

    Jeremy Clarkson's Tesla?

  • may day
    may day Year ago +2

    gasoline engines Rule

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 9 months ago

      xrcrx ftfghjg - you are smoking Diesel fumes.

    • MyEyesBled
      MyEyesBled 11 months ago

      xrcrx ftfghjg

  • Ron Branum
    Ron Branum Year ago +1

    If you have never rode in a true performance V8 or I6 TURBO you won't understand what I mean but this car has NO SOUL... Or PASSION it makes no noise. Imagine not hearing a Ferrari 355 at 7500 rpm thru tubi exhaust ... No soul....

    • Dan Reynolds
      Dan Reynolds 9 months ago

      souls are a made up thing by people afraid of death. fitting and hilarious that the Internal Combustion Engine industry is clinging to just such a myth.

  • dwc chv
    dwc chv Year ago

    Conan says hi

  • Eto Hige Gamer Culture

    Bless Elon for building these cars. If I ever have an electric on day it will be a Tesla :D

  • Virtual Reality
    Virtual Reality Year ago

    6:42, The way he looks at Leno

  • Hoodwinker 79
    Hoodwinker 79 Year ago

    It looks a bit like a Ford Mondaeo 🤔

  • David Soom
    David Soom Year ago

    Reminds me of my first wife, no sound but good performance. She had a low center of gravity also but no regenerative features. Her name was Tesse, what a coincidence......... indeed.

  • Mountain Anderson

    The only jay Leno video I disliked

  • FarIs4F4B
    FarIs4F4B Year ago

    lound v8?

  • Aprojeep
    Aprojeep Year ago +2

    $120k......my house cost me less.

  • artmario
    artmario Year ago

    that seems to be a nice car.

  • Scott Miller
    Scott Miller Year ago +3

    And now it’s in space 😂

  • OP-TIM Auto
    OP-TIM Auto Year ago

    @ 0:45 is that the Roadster Elon sent into space?

  • Mic Mag
    Mic Mag Year ago

    URGENT! Mr Leno, please save the Tesla Model S PROTOTYPES! They are dirty and rotting away out in an open car park at the freemont Tesla factory. Please call Elon and adopt these rare cars. See video tvclip.biz/video/jNX22gZqcv4/video.html