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New Photos: Tesla Model S

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On: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 5:59PM | By: Chris Weiss

New Photos: Tesla Model S

Though it's winding down, the electrifying (lame pun Intended) Tesla Roadster, Tesla is working hard to bring the market a new electric performer. The Model S will launch next year and Tesla is busy testing prototype versions of it. Just so you don't think they're lying, they released some new photos proving that they're doing work.

According toInside Line, these are the first official photos of the 2013 Model S, the actual production model as opposed to the prototypes that we've seen previously. The new pictures show the car in a variety of colors, including maroon and charcoal black, making parts like the grille surround and headlamps pop out. It's more finished than the Alpha prototype we saw a few months ago, with added touches like the Tesla logo and vertical slats in the grille.

It appears that the charcoal version is actually the Alpha prototype, as it shares the front bumper with the last Alpha we saw, a feature that's not present on the other models pictured. The new bumper features running lamps in place of the inlets.

The Model S will eventually come in three different tunes. The first, which will launch in the middle of next year in a special "Signature" series, is the top-end model. That version will offer a 300-mile range and will retail for $77,400 before the federal tax credit. 1,000 Signature models will be offered. After the initial launch, Tesla will add a 230-mile, $67,400 mid-range Model S and a 160-mile entry-level model priced at $57,400 sometime later in 2012. When you take the $7,500 federal tax credit into consideration, the new Tesla will drop just below the $50K mark.

Tesla plans to build somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 Model S models next year, with production eventually increasing to around 20,000 per year. It is already working on its next model, a Model-S-based crossover known as the Model X. A concept version of that crossover should debut before year-end.

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DipStick | 8:29AM (Thu, Jun 16, 2011)

Not as sexy as the discontinued roadster, but its a sweet looking sedan that may fit into more garages than the two seater...

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