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Tesla Model S – new Photos

Fri, 21 Aug 2009

New pictures of the Tesla Model S

Dogged by controversy over the claim that they could deliver the Model S for $50,000, Tesla are sticking to their guns and pushing forward with development. And if they do manage to bring the Model S in at their target price point they will probably be on to a winner.

Even if you turn that $50k in to £50,000 the Model S will still be offering a huge amount of – very innovative – car for the money, and will have the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E Class and Jaguar XF in its sights. But it will also have competition from a similar car – the Fisker Karma – although the Karma is projecting a price point almost twice that of the Model S.

With a projected weight of under 1500kg, the Model S is claimed to offer a quick charge in 45 minutes and a range of 300 miles. 0-60mph is claimed to be 5.5 seconds. Which is all truly astonishing. The inside is also very upmarket, featuring Italian vegetable-tanned leather, recycled PET carpets, 17″ touchscreen controls, 3G wireless internet, digital radio and panoramic roof.

If Tesla can bring this in for under $50k, Barack Obama should appoint Leon Musk to sort out America’s finances.

By Cars UK