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Published on October 3rd, 2011 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Tesla Model S to Get High Performance Model

Very soon now, Tesla Motors will unleash it’s first 100% original new car, the Model S. In addition to three models priced on maximum range, the Model S will also include a high-performance model that does 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

That’s the word on the street from Green Car Reports, which says that Tesla is planning a faster version of the 300-mile range Model S sedan. The Tesla Model S will come in three flavors when it goes on sale, depending on range. The 160-mile Model S starts at around $50,000 after tax credits, $60,000 for 230 miles, and $70,000 for 300 miles. This seems to be a direct reflection of battery costs, though Tesla will also offer a pricier “Signature Series” Model S when it first goes on sale with an “extensive complement of of options.”

A few more details have leaked from Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself, which includes news of a faster version of the 300-mile version. The standard Model S reaches 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while the sportier version will shave off a whole second. Another interesting tidbit? Special aerodynamic wheels that will give the Model S an extra 20 miles of range on the 300-mile model. And finally, a new direct current fast charging system will be able to completely recharged the 300-mile version in about an hour.

The Tesla Model S already has 6,000 deposits of $5,000, which is good, because Tesla will need to sell every one it can make in order to survive as an independent automaker. Now if only they will make something the average American can afford.

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.


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