The eagerly awaited Tesla Model S Beta, has recently been presented at the company’s NUMI factory, in front of 3,000 guests, who witnessed CEO Elon Musk driving six passenger in the car, right on the stage.
Pre-order customers were told by Musk himself that the final version of the EV sedan, scheduled to be delivered form mid-2012, would be very close to the Beta model they were looking at.[ADMARK=1
Musk did not leave without emphasizing various Model S features, like the 17-inch touch screen in the
cabin. And this was not all, as the guests were also able to see Tesla's production line.
The company claims the Tesla Model S will be able to sprint up to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and will have a driving range of 160 miles (257 km), 230 miles (370 km) or 300 miles (483 km) depending on the choice of battery pack.
“That’s quicker than a 911,” joked Musk, comparing it to the Porsche Carrera. “Not bad for an electric luxury sedan.”
Tesla Model S will be priced in between $49,000 and $60,000 (about €
37,245 and €
45,600, depending on the trim level.
It will come with a QuickCharge mode that will take up to 45 minutes to restore the battery, and will be compatible with 110V, 220V and 440V outlets.
Furthermore, it will boast a lot of innovative technologies, such as 3G wireless connectivity.
A performance version of the Model S will also be introduced at a later date, which could compete with models such as the 2012 BMW M5, as well as an SUV dubbed model X and based on the same platform as the Model S.
Last week the manufacturer announced it will not as for further US government money to bring the model to the market, as it had already has sold out its planned production run for 2012.