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 • 4 397

  • The Random Guy
    The Random Guy 2 days ago +1


  • Steven Loyens
    Steven Loyens 5 days ago

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

  • Exposed Motion Cinematics

    jay calles it Tesler

  • tomtalk24
    tomtalk24 29 days ago

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

  • MrTruth111
    MrTruth111 Month ago

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

  • dtouey
    dtouey Month 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 Month ago

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

  • William Dixon
    William Dixon 2 months ago +2

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

  • Fishing The Midwest
    Fishing The Midwest 2 months ago

    Thats the most beautiful Honda i've ever seen.

  • Argie dan
    Argie dan 2 months ago

    no subtitles :(

  • TheEseJandro
    TheEseJandro 2 months ago

    American Made.

  • Thomas Smith
    Thomas Smith 2 months ago

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

  • The Gaming Norwegian
    The Gaming Norwegian 3 months ago

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

  • Turkey Man
    Turkey Man 3 months ago

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

  • captainboggles
    captainboggles 3 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.

  • 787brx8
    787brx8 3 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 3 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.

    • Lap Le
      Lap Le 3 months ago +1

      6 years after, and you are still a retard--I see.

  • Jack F
    Jack F 4 months ago

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

  • ConsoleGeekcom
    ConsoleGeekcom 4 months ago

    That designer has absolutely no passion whatsoever.

  • Mac McRae
    Mac McRae 4 months ago

    jay reminds me of fred savage when he was a kid. they have similar mannerisms.

  • Sub Conscious
    Sub Conscious 4 months ago +1

    Tesler. Lol

  • Kelly T
    Kelly T 4 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 4 months ago

    Arab oil tycoons hate Tesla cars.

  • Ricardo v Duuren
    Ricardo v Duuren 4 months ago

    That car is sick!

  • Barry Jones
    Barry Jones 5 months ago

    The performance is awesome. The build quality is poor.

  • oisiaa
    oisiaa 5 months ago +1

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

    FORC3OFX F3AR 5 months ago

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

  • Carlo Carnevali
    Carlo Carnevali 5 months ago

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

  • Raffaele Vitucci
    Raffaele Vitucci 5 months ago +1

    The car looks really good and its quiet.

  • JSmooVE3990
    JSmooVE3990 6 months ago +3

    This is so funny to watch back several years later.

  • F Mat
    F Mat 6 months ago

    Nothing like salesman drool !!!

  • Jason WB
    Jason WB 6 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.

    • Jason WB
      Jason WB 5 months ago

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

    • Mitchell Radford
      Mitchell Radford 5 months ago

      Is this comment from 2012 or 2018?

  • joshua smith
    joshua smith 6 months ago +1

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

  • Sand Hill81
    Sand Hill81 6 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 5 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 6 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 6 months ago +1

    Please do the Tesla model 3

  • Melaine White
    Melaine White 6 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.

    • Melaine White
      Melaine White 4 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 6 months ago +1


    • Dan Reynolds
      Dan Reynolds 6 months ago +2

      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 6 months ago

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

    • Miguel lopez
      Miguel lopez 5 months ago

      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 6 months ago +1

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

  • fenderstratguy
    fenderstratguy 7 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 6 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 7 months ago +1

    is the audio interferance caused by the TESLA BATTERIES?

  • Yuri Lakhtionov
    Yuri Lakhtionov 7 months ago

    A rain... in LA!!!

  • Ruben Kelevra
    Ruben Kelevra 7 months ago

    You really need to do an update on that 😂

  • dill papa
    dill papa 7 months ago

    1000 mile range electric cars were made 100 years ago.

  • Aaron
    Aaron 7 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 7 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 6 months ago +1

      then you ain't seen me. ;)

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 6 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 8 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 8 months ago +1

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

  • sandy3721
    sandy3721 8 months ago

    they should have made a station wagon model also

  • Genocider Sho
    Genocider Sho 8 months ago +1

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

    • Dan Reynolds
      Dan Reynolds 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 8 months ago +1

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

  • Joseph Brogna
    Joseph Brogna 8 months ago +1

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

    VALHALLAXE 8 months ago

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

    BLOCKPARTYVINTAGE 8 months ago +1

    Just like caddys, expensive junk

  • Paweł F. FishingVLOG
    Paweł F. FishingVLOG 8 months ago +1

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

  • Hanro50
    Hanro50 8 months ago +1

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

  • hheythered
    hheythered 8 months ago +2

    Franz definitely smoked a fatty before this.

  • tripjet999
    tripjet999 9 months ago +1

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

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 6 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 7 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 9 months ago

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

  • Gunnar Marr
    Gunnar Marr 9 months ago +1

    colorado has so many teslas

  • Aurelio Pablos
    Aurelio Pablos 9 months ago +1

    Thanks!! Amazing video!!

  • Nicolas Pence
    Nicolas Pence 9 months ago

    Jeremy Clarkson's Tesla?

  • xrcrx ftfghjg
    xrcrx ftfghjg 9 months ago +2

    gasoline engines Rule

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 6 months ago

      xrcrx ftfghjg - you are smoking Diesel fumes.

    • MyEyesBled
      MyEyesBled 8 months ago

      xrcrx ftfghjg

  • Ron Branum
    Ron Branum 9 months 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 6 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 10 months ago

    Conan says hi

  • Eto Hige Gamer Culture
    Eto Hige Gamer Culture 10 months ago

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

  • Virtual Reality
    Virtual Reality 10 months ago

    6:42, The way he looks at Leno

  • Hoodwinker 79
    Hoodwinker 79 10 months ago

    It looks a bit like a Ford Mondaeo 🤔

  • David Soom
    David Soom 10 months 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
    Mountain Anderson 11 months ago

    The only jay Leno video I disliked

  • far cry gamer
    far cry gamer 11 months ago

    lound v8?

  • Aprojeep
    Aprojeep 11 months ago +2

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

  • artmario
    artmario 11 months ago

    that seems to be a nice car.

  • Wayne Ace
    Wayne Ace 11 months ago

    be cool to see jay with the model 3 and the tesla semi lol

  • Scott Miller
    Scott Miller 11 months ago +2

    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

  • jeff 1281
    jeff 1281 Year ago

    Dang, chevy propangda

  • Sherman Calinga
    Sherman Calinga Year ago

    I test drove one of this. This is a great luxury comfortable commuter car. I love it, except for the price. The lease program is ridiculous. BMW and MB lease program is more attractive than this car.

    GTZASKAR63 Year ago

    I hope Jay test the new roadster.

  • Remco Homan
    Remco Homan Year ago

    You should have taken him for a round in your 1909 electric car :D

  • Shahaan Saleem
    Shahaan Saleem Year ago

    Who Would Know This Company Would Be The most important car company in the world

  • fatdudewh33lchair

    They need a system that takes the place of the supercharge stations, and make the batteries easily interchangeable within like 10 minutes. Instead of charging the same battery for hours every time it’s dead, just swap it out for a new one with a full charge and be back on the road in the same amount of time as a gasoline car filling up.
    I’m sure designing something like that onto a car would be quite difficult but maybe when they start a new model, just build the car around the idea of easily accessible battery location or maybe have it slide out from underneath the car.

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 6 months ago

      fatdudewh33lchair - Musk already designed a battery swap system for Tesla Model S , it’s not practical as the battery cost around $6000. Besides in 2018, most people live within 150 miles of a Supercharger.

  • sensible solutions

    how many miles would you get in alaska cold temp effect on heater usage for you and the batteries no where near 300 they dont tell you that,but a great change in the right direction

  • Specialized 29er
    Specialized 29er Year ago

    Love the car but for the average family is she affordable. Just saw that its a 2012 model, I'm off to look at the 2017 model.

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 6 months ago

      Specialized 29er - but you can buy a certified used Model S for only $40k.

  • bangers & mash
    bangers & mash Year ago +1

    Need coal to make the electricity. So are we really helping?

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 6 months ago

      bangers & mash - you are thinking like a caveman, you have a Giant Solar Collection on your roof, just add Solar Pannels and a Powerwall. $0 Net Home Electric.

  • Don Nickason
    Don Nickason Year ago

    This is a great car. I would love to own one and hope to some day.

  • stock fish
    stock fish Year ago

    2012 is like 2017 on other catch-up companies :))

  • Colin Johnston
    Colin Johnston Year ago +1

    Better not say anything bad Jay or Eaton will sue. Ask Jeremy Clarkson.

  • daniel55645
    daniel55645 Year ago

    at the time of the video, there were barely any chargers, making long road trips almost impossible. Now you can nearly travel the whole country (minus arkansas and north dakota until next year) with out any worry. Won't be long before chargers are just like fuel stations.

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 6 months ago

      daniel55645 - Today Supercharger are everywhere, most Americans are within 150 miles of a Supercharger. So there no issues today, and there is also the Plugshare network, that allows EV to charge just about anywhere, the even have Plugshare all around the Continent of Australia allowing people to charge their EV .

  • hotstixx
    hotstixx Year ago

    Like the Bugatti it has another key..the Elon key.If you use this key,its like hyperspace on the old Asteroids game - you appear in another realm,Mars for example,shooting down Boeing interlopers.


    great revue for Tesla by jay, a car guy.

  • James Bevins
    James Bevins Year ago +1

    He needs to do an updated video with the P100D

  • Pillage TheGoyim
    Pillage TheGoyim Year ago +1

    Tesla had me fired for my Christian Right Wing website: tinyurl.com/TeslaFiringFarRight
    The Fortune 500 companies have banded together to starve us out. Thousands of us so far. They call our views hate speech.

  • Nicholas Littlejohn
    Nicholas Littlejohn Year ago +1

    Best car in the world, Tesla.

  • Renegade Nielsen
    Renegade Nielsen Year ago +1

    Pretty incredible how much better these were than the Karmas

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 6 months ago +1

      Renegade Nielsen - the Karma is a ICE car with a 50 miles range battery..........LOL.

  • Kyle Strickland
    Kyle Strickland Year ago

    The first electric to do burnouts (I didn’t say “good” burnouts)

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 6 months ago

      Kyle Strickland - that because they did not have Track Mode yet.

  • Joe K
    Joe K Year ago

    Had to take my foot off the "gas" lol

  • Nizo Dizo
    Nizo Dizo Year ago

    Hey you, fix your audio! What are you recording?

  • izsak itt
    izsak itt Year ago

    Jay! ...it's time to make another Tesla S video

  • Robert Blackford
    Robert Blackford Year ago

    The re are no charging stations on the Ohio Turnpike so don't drive over 250 miles in Ohio.