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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: can we stop subsidizing luxury please
By Florinator on 6/4/2012 3:17:36 PM , Rating: 0
I couldn't agree more. [Wrong] Government incentives (such as tax credits for EV's, tax breaks for oil companies or subsidies for agriculture) always distort the market.

I've always said let's burn off all the damn oil already, so we can finally make some progress with alternative technologies, because oil is still very cheap and it's just not worth investing in all these other things yet...

RE: can we stop subsidizing luxury please
By Souka on 6/4/2012 9:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'm for these tax credits for consumers... but only on afordable "common" electric cars.

$10k discount, at tax payers expense, on a sports car? Hell NO....

By Chernobyl68 on 6/5/2012 12:22:33 PM , Rating: 1
The Tesla S is a 4-door, if that matters. Its not really a sports car.

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