2012 Tesla Model S priced from $49,900 after tax credit
Tesla Motors was eager to announce the final U.S. pricing for the upcoming Model S, even though the first deliveries are expected to start in fall 2012. The car will be available in two trim levels: basic and Performance.
Clients who pick the entry-level Model S will have to choose from one of the three battery options: 40 kWh, 60 kWH and 85 kWh. The model with the smallest battery costs $57,400, the one in the middle is $64,700, while the big battery versionis going to cost $77,400. However, the price tag of the car will be $7,500 lower thanks to the federal tax credit, which means that the cheapest Model S money can buy will cost $49,900. As standard, the 2012 Tesla Model S will feature an impressive 17-inch touchscreen display, a Universal Mobile Connector with three adapters, and 19-inch alloys.
The Performance model will be available only with the 85 kWh battery and will set you back $87,400, without taking into account the aforementioned federal tax credit. This version of the Model S brings a Nappa leather interior, carbon décor, Alcantara accents, 21-inch rims and an Active Air Suspension.
For $1,500 more clients will be able to get the car with a glass panoramic roof, while the Tech Package costs an extra $3,750. This one brings a 16GB hard drive, LED fog lights, rear USB ports, turn-by-turn navigation system, Xenon headlamps, keyless entry and high definition rear view camera.
The automaker has also published details regarding the specifications of the batteries. The 40 kWh battery will be able to provide an estimated range of up to 160 miles (258 km) at an average speed of 55 mph. The Model S will need 5.9 seconds for the 0-62 mph sprint, en route to a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h).
The version of the Model S fitted with the 60 kWh will have a range of up to 230 miles (370 km) at an average speed of 55 mph. This one can do the 0-62 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 120 mph (193 km/h).
Equipped with the largest battery available, the 85 kWh unit, the 2012 Tesla Model S will provide a range of up to 300 miles (370 km) at an average speed of 55 mph, and it will need 5.6 seconds to hit 62 mph from start, before reaching a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h).
Tesla has stated that the 85 kWh models will be launched in mid-2012, followed by the 60 kWh versions three months later, while the entry-level 40 kWh is scheduled to arrive towards the end of next year.
Source: Tesla Motors via Carscoop
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