It seems strangely hard to get hold of solid road test information on the Tesla Model S. Sure, the limited number of test drives which have already been done all say it supreme in every single way – a car with very few faults to speak of.

However, we were waiting for Consumer Reports to get one and try it out in their own characteristic fashion. As usual, the crew at CR have bought their very own Model S, for which they paid $89,650. It is a well-specced car, with Nappa leather seats, electrically-operated sunroof and onboard charger.

It also features the largest 85 kWh battery pack, which gives it a manufacturer claimed 265 miles or 425 km of autonomy on a single charge.

CR have announced that they will be posting a full review of the Model S, once the car is 'broken in', and has done a sufficient number of miles for the test to be as thorough as we have come to expect from the publication. We also say it will fare a lot better than the mediocre Fisker Karma.

By Andrei Nedelea