Official pictures show the all-electric saloon undergoing testing
24 August 2009

Tesla has launched official photos of its Model S saloon undergoing testing in America.

The car pictured shows the Tesla Model S doing laps around a circuit with the car’s chief designer, Franz Von Holzhausen, behind the wheel.

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Tesla claims it has already received more than 1000 order for its seven-seat, all-electric saloon and it will go on sale in 2011.

The US firm claim the Model S will have a range of around three hours and be capable of 0-60mph in 5.6secs. Its top speed will be limited to 130mph, but recharging times have yet to be released by Tesla.

Prices will starts at around £40,000.

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24 August 2009

[quote Autocar]its seven-seat, all-electric saloon[/quote]

Seven seats? Surely a typo, I think...but anyway, 40k for a fast saloon isn't that much. Ok, you won't have a big range and top speed is quite low, but fast cars like this don't tend to have a large range abyway and how often do you go more than 130mph? However, it probably doesn't handle that well because of the heavy batteries...will reserve final judgement until at least journalists test it...


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24 August 2009

This seems like a much more sensible proposition than the massively prices Tesla Roadster, but it begs the question, exactly how much profit was in each of the little open tops?



It's all about the twisties........

24 August 2009

[quote TegTypeR]exactly how much profit was in each of the little open tops?[/quote]

Roadster buyers were paying a massive wedge for the development of the technology. The Karma will be more mainstream, borrows the existing bits, and hence the lower price. Its a way of buying into a Tesla without paying such an extortionate premium for the initial R&D.

I have to say that too my eyes, its also jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Better than Alfa or Maserati gorgeous.

25 August 2009

[quote Christian Galea]Seven seats?[/quote]

Yep - it has two fold away seats in the boot

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