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Old 27th March 2009, 15:20   #1
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  • After the successful roadster, Tesla has unveiled the new Model S.
    • The car fits seven people and their luggage: five adults and two children in rear-facing seats under the hatch inside, with luggage in the boot up front.
    • If not people, it can fit a mountain bike with its wheels still on, a surfboard and a 50-inch television at the same time.
    • The dashboard screens were installed to rid the interior of buttons. The 17-inch main display is fully 3G and Internet capable.
    • The 300-mile range is possible (vs the Roadster's 244-mile range) because the S has 8,000 battery cells vs. 6,000 in the Roadster, the batteries have been improved in mass and volumetric performance, and there is more advanced cell chemistry in each cell, and the S has a cd of about .27 vs. the Roadster's drag coefficient of .35.
    • On a 220V outlet, the car can be recharged in 4 hours.
  • The quickness: the standard S will get to 60 in 5.5 to 6.0 seconds. A coming sport version will get to 60 in "well under five seconds," Musk says.
  • The car will get a single-speed transmission.
  • The body panels and chassis will be primarily aluminum, with a total weight of just over 4,000 pounds, about 1,200 pounds of that being battery mass.
Prices will start at $49,900. That base price is for the 160-mile range pack; a 230-mile range pack and a 300 mile range pack will also be available.According to Tesla's numbers, buying a Tesla S will save you $10-$15K vs a comparably priced gas-powered sedan when gas is $4 per gallon. For an equivalent comparison, you'd have to lease a $35,000 gas-powered car. The biggest hitch: the car doesn't go into production until Q3 of 2011.

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Old 27th March 2009, 15:32   #2
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Wow, thats one very handsome car. Looks a lot like Aston Martin though which is a good thing in fact. Hope and dream this lands in India one fine day.
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This is a fantastic looking car.SLR like turbine alloys look awesome.Looks a bit Quattraporte-ish from some angles though!Kudos to the well implemented green tech.Tesla's the best today in alternate fueled vehicles.
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Old 27th March 2009, 21:50   #4
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Thats a neat looking car for eco-tech!

Does look like AM and also the Quattraporte, but its defintely a good one.

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Hope and dream this lands in India one fine day.
Even if this one ends up in India, if the government does not have any specific exemption for electric/or alternatively powered cars I dont think it will be a for the general public. The price as per wikipedia.com is $57,400 for the standard model and $65,000 for a premium model and these prices are US prices so with our tax system I think it will end up in the super rich category.
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wow, it looks really wonderful. any idea where they have got it designed ?
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Sweet looking!And pretty good specs for that price.
Reminds me of the Jaguar XF,from some angles.
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Sweet looking!And pretty good specs for that price.
Reminds me of the Jaguar XF,from some angles.
XF, Masrati and Aston Martin all rolled in one! Looks cool none the less. Has a very funky touchscreen console inside.
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AM+Jaguar+Maserati=Tesla Model S.
Looks sleek nonetheless. "Chila hua anda!"
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It will not start production if the U.S government does not help the company. Even if they get the help, they need to find a site and will not come out for another 24 to 36 months.

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Looks like a Maserati.But looks way better than the Prius!
And the interior seems to have leather piping.Now going green is luxurious too.
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Reminds me of the Jaguar XF,from some angles.
Took the words right outta my mouth! The Model S' designers seem to have been super influenced by the XF.

Tesla has a history of over-committing and under-delivering; I really would like to see this car being sold as is promised. Heck, it makes the roadster seem terribly over-priced! The range, battery and seating capacity are way superior. Plus, the stated performance is quick by any standards as well.

Buttttttttttttttttttttttt I'll believe it when I see it. Tesla is too complicated an organisation.

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The car will get a single-speed transmission.
Looks like they still haven't been able to solve their famed two speed tranny problems!
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oh boy! this car is every hybrid owners dream! It puts our prius to shame
the car looks inspired from aston martin and the coming porsche panamera.

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aston martin,jag xf, maserrati, and now the porsche?
does this car have originality?
i guess electric powertrains is the real territory where the tesla's originality lies.much better than a prius or an insight.
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I guess electric powertrains is the real territory where the tesla's originality lies.much better than a prius or an insight.
Absoulutely. Electric engines have come a long way since the Insight hit the roads. And with more and more electric engines being developed,its amazing to see how some cars evolve.
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What do you guys think of the Tesla Sedan for US $50,000. 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds.

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