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Tesla Model S Signature starts at $105k

As if successfully completing the first commercial mission to the International Space Station and back wasn't enough, Elon Musk is also finding quite a bit of success with his electric venture: Tesla Motors.
Inside Line is reporting today that the Model S Signature Performance, the top-of-the-line trim level, is already sold out and Tesla Motors is no longer accepting pre-orders. Customers now wanting to purchase the Model S Signature Performance will have to be put on a waiting list.
Interestingly, the standard model is still available for pre-order and has a base price of "only" $57,400 before a $7,500 federal tax credit (President Obama wants to see that federal tax credit increased to $10,000). The Signature Performance, however, has a base price of $105,400.
The standard Model S comes with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack (8-year, 100,000-mile warranty), can hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 110 mph. Range is listed at 160 miles.

 Model S Signature at the Tesla Fashion Island Signature Weekend [Image Source: Tesla Motors]
The Signature Performance ups the ante with an 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack (8-year, unlimited miles warranty). As its name implies, performance improves greatly with 0-60 times dropping to 4.4 seconds while the top speed increases to 130 mph. The maximum driving range of the Signature Performance is listed at 300 miles.
The first deliveries of the Model S Signature Performance will begin on June 22. Those who have ponied up for the standard Model S will receive their vehicles later this fall. Those who haven't already pre-ordered the standard Model S still have time to get in line; Tesla is still accepting $5,000 deposits for the vehicle.

Source: Inside Line

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RE: Efficiency Sweet Spot?
By WalksTheWalk on 6/4/2012 2:46:39 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks! I'm sure 55mph is close to the optimal cruising state if that's what they base their measurements on. Just curious more than anything.

With that out of the way, these things look like a lot of fun, although out my price range to be sure. The torque on these things has GOT to be a treat.

RE: Efficiency Sweet Spot?
By Kurz on 6/4/2012 2:52:50 PM , Rating: 2
Those Numbers are achieved at 55 MPH but based on the gearing (1 gear transmission) I think to get the most out of the batteries you need to go around 30-40mph (If I remember correctly). So I bet the range at 30-40mph is a bit higher.

RE: Efficiency Sweet Spot?
By Jedi2155 on 6/4/2012 4:07:24 PM , Rating: 3
Top range is at 20 MPH where you could get 450 miles per charge.

- Traveling constant speed
- 85kWh battery
- Flat ground
- No wind
- Heat and A/C are turned off
- Sunroof and windows are closed
- Driver and cargo weigh less than 300 lbs.
- Tires are properly inflated
- Battery pack with less than a year or 25,000 miles of service

RE: Efficiency Sweet Spot?
By micksh on 6/5/2012 12:25:58 AM , Rating: 2
Once hypermilers realize that expect them to cruise at 20mph on interstate highways.

RE: Efficiency Sweet Spot?
By Kurz on 6/5/2012 3:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
Those people you see are either High or Old people.
Hypermilers drive by obeying the law and following safety standards and respecting the flow of traffic.

Hypermilier here 34-35 MPG on his car that gets 27MPG hwy EPA.

RE: Efficiency Sweet Spot?
By Jaybus on 6/6/2012 2:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
Here where? Try that in the mountains.

RE: Efficiency Sweet Spot?
By Kurz on 6/6/2012 3:21:49 PM , Rating: 2
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