Last night at the Tesla auto plant in Fremont, CA, onlookers marveled at the new Tesla Model S luxury sedan, which finally made its debut after a long wait. Technically speaking, the unveiling of the new luxurious sedan was for the approximately 2,000 customers who have put down deposits of $5000, but these were prototypes, not their actual cars. Seeking to create even more buzz, if not bowl over these customers who showed up for the gala event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, dressed to the nines in a tuxedo, asked the crowd to spread the word about this beauty, which won’t be ready for delivery until 2013.
But what a sight –with incredible sight lines and a body that rivals the Jaguar and even Audi sedans of late. Priced at just below $60K, the Model S will come in three different battery offerings, able to go 160 miles, 230 miles or 300 miles; remember: there is no engine under this hood and it’s EV all the way.
The standard model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, already very impressive and putting this in Porsche and BMW territory. (Oh yeah, can we remind you that this is an electric car, please?) But let’s go one better: last week Musk revealed that there will be an even faster version, too, one capable of reaching 320 miles and a mind-blowing 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
The car has a direct external charger, which allows it to charge in just under an hour. How is the car faster? Because it will go from a 900 A charge to 1200, and wheels that are supposed to be more aerodynamic and thus, lighter.
This was a gala event, and the folks at Tesla were pulling out all the stops, with lavish displays and scheduling drivers for test drives way until 1 am. Oh yeah, the platters of champagne and the smoked salmon canapés helped make this even more enjoyable. They’re not gonna serve hot dogs for this kind of car, are they?
Tesla announced that there are 6,000 lucky people who have made deposits already and their driveways will receive their sleek sedans in early 2013.
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