Unveiled! The Tesla Model S

March 27th, 2009

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Tesla today has taken the tarp off its heavily hyped Model S luxury sedan.

While they haven’t released much about the specs of the Model S, one thing is for sure: The body is beautiful, if quite a departure from the looks of its sister, the Tesla Roadster.  

tesla-s-front-closeThe Tesla Model S is getting style comparisons to the Jaguar XF and the Buick Lucerne – the Jag in the front and rear and the Buick in the silhouette. I’m not sure I completely agree with the Buick comparison, but I definitely see some modern Jag in the design. Take a look at the pictures, and let us know if you agree.

Note the sleek coupe-like styling and glass roof! Also, the interior is said to feature a center rack consisting entirely of a touch-screen interface to control audio, HVAC, navigation, and whatever other extras Tesla loads into the Model S. 

tesla-s-side11When Tesla first announced plans for an all-electric sedan, they said it would cost around $60K. Official pricing, or even an availability date, haven’t been set. 

Will Tesla deliver on the Model S? What do you think of it?

-tgriffith

*UPDATE*

Acording to a Tesla press release, the anticipated base price of the Model S is $49,900 after a federal tax credit of $7,500. The company has not released options pricing. Three battery pack choices will offer a range of 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge. The standard Model S does 0-60 mph in under six seconds and will have an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph, with sport versions expected to achieve 0-60 mph acceleration well below five seconds.

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