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Tesla Model S Electric Sport Sedan: High-Res Gallery and Official Details

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The wraps finally came off Tesla's all-new, plug-in electric sports sedan, the Model S, on Thursday in Los Angeles. Concisely, the Model S can seat up to seven passengers (we'll explain this below), sprint from zero to 60mph or 96km/h in just 5.6 seconds and go up to 300 miles or 480km on a single charge. First deliveries in North America and Europe will begin in late 2011 with the U.S. model featuring a base price of $57,400 or $49,900 after a federal tax credit of $7,500.

Tesla Model S Sports Sedan Carscoop Now onto a more detailed view on the Model S. The photos reveal that Tesla's designers were heavily influenced by European cars and in particular the Jaguar XF when it came to the notchback's buttocks and profile and to a less extent, the Maserati GranTurismo for the car's front-end styling. Similarities aside, the Model S looks the part and we reckon that its design will be one of its strong points.

So what's with the seven seats, we hear you ask? Well, Tesla claims that the Model S which has an overall length of 196-inches (4,978mm) or somewhere between a BMW 5 and 7-Series, offers seating for five adults plus two rear-facing and foldable seats for children in the rear cargo area. Even in this configuration, the Model S can still carry some of your luggage as it has a second trunk under the hood.

Tesla Model S Sports Sedan Carscoop Tesla's second model after the Roadster comes equipped with an electric drivetrain that includes an electric motor, a floor-mounted lithium-ion battery pack and a single-speed gearbox, launching the BMW 5-Series-sized sports sedan from naught to 60mph (96km/h) in 5.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 130 mph or 209 km/h. In the near future, Tesla aims to enrich the Model S' range with Sport and AWD versions.

The Model S will be available with three different battery pack options capable of offering a range of up to 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge. Tesla said that the battery pack can be quick-charged in 45 minutes at a cost of about $4 - or so the California-based company claims.

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13 Comments:

Matt said... »March 26, 2009

How beautiful!

Marcus said... »March 26, 2009

As our "beloved" anonymous Korean-hater would put it, "Damn American knock off of Jaguar" lol!!!!

borgpunx said... »March 26, 2009

i knew it! i saw this comming up the 5 freeway, and didnt know what car it was, but sure enough, its what i saw!

Jenny said... »March 27, 2009

So, they already have a road-ready prototype? Interesting, these guys work pretty fast. They present an idea, they develop it, and then they market it. Not to different from the likes of GM or Ford, except, this American company is a lot more ambitious in its attempts to be innovative, and a hell of a lot more efficient at accomplishing it.

Anonymous said... »March 27, 2009

this has got me interested in electric cars - I would actually consider buying one of these.

Braddo said... »March 27, 2009

This is going to be one succesful car! It actually has a realistic price tag.. And what a design! WOW

Anonymous said... »March 27, 2009

Piece of crap and copycat, straight out of Jaguar, Aston Martin, and Lexus GS. Only dumb Americans would say it is okay for American car company to copy other car companies, but when cars made by other foreign countries the sentiment is entirely different.

Sergio said... »March 27, 2009

Finally an American car that looks GOOD!!
I know I know it looks a little bit like the XF, but I think that everyone will agree with me... This is just an amazing accomplishment for Tesla, in such a short time they came up this, WOW!
And I agree with Jenny, these guys are way more efficient than...well you all know whom...

Anonymous said... »March 27, 2009

Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

Can this be real..and really happening? Got my toes and fingers crossed. The price points are encouraging, lets hope they can deliver on that.

Excellent job Tesla And crew. We owe you a big High Ten on that effort.

A Knesal Portland Oregon

Nick said... »March 27, 2009

What a stunning piece of work...seems as though it will take something like this kind of vehicle to shake up global car makers and have them begin to produce great looking, high performing vehicles that are environmentally resonsible and affordable...c'mon guys lets get this ting to market....i want one now!!!

Anonymous said... »March 28, 2009

WHEN IT COMES TO EUROPE, I GOT IT..

Anonymous said... »June 05, 2009

Wonder how long the batteries last and the cost of replacement?

Anonymous said... »June 26, 2009

They last until they die and cost a lot!

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