As of next summer, Tesla will launch the Model S with an 85 kWh battery for $76,400 US (not counting the federal tax credit of $7,500). Offering a range of 482 kilometres, it will sprint from 0 to 96 km/h in 5.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 201 km/h.
A 60 kWh version will follow in the fall at $67,400 US. This one will have a range of 370 kilometres, a 0-96 km/h acceleration time of 5.9 seconds, and a top speed of 193 km/h.
Finally, the base Tesla Model S will debut next winter with a 40 kWh battery. Starting at $57,400 US, it will still provide decent range (257 km), sprints (6.5 seconds), and top speed (177 km/h).
All three Model S will come standard with a gigantic 17'' touchscreen, 19'' alloy wheels, , microfiber cloth seats, 200 watts of premium sound, and a universal mobile connecter with three adapters.
The batteries will be covered by an 8-year warranty and, in the case of the 85 kWh batteries, with no mileage limitations. This is a first in the auto industry.
Looking for some extra punch?
A sportier variant of the Tesla Model S 85 kWh will also hit the market in mid-2012. Starting at $87,400 US, the Model S Performance will accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h in 4.4 seconds, faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera. It will feature an active air suspension, sport-tuned traction control, as well as 21'' wheels and high-performance tires.
The interior of the Model S Performance will stand out with Nappa leather (black, tan, or grey) and Alcantara accents.
- All-glass panoramic roof: $1,500;
- Tech Package including keyless entry, power rear liftgate, HD back-up camera, navigation, and more: $3,750;
- 580-watt, 12-speaker Dolby Pro Logic 7.1 sound system with 16GB hard drive: $950;
- High-power wall connecter that allows close to 100 km of range per hour of charging: $1,200.