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Tesla To Build Quicker Model S Sport

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On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 12:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla To Build Quicker Model S Sport

Tesla was the first real automaker to show the world that vehicles can be electric, sexy, and fast all at the same time. Unfortunately, the car that proved that is close to retirement. The Model S, which will replace the Roadster as Tesla's only car, has two of those qualities—sexiness and electric powertrain—but lacks the speed and performance of the outgoing Roadster. But Tesla will fix that problem by offering a higher performance sport version of the sedan.

The Model S won't quite achieve the Roadster's 3.7 seconds to 60 mph, but it will get damn close. According to Reuters, Elon Musk mentioned a Model S Sport during a tour of the company's Fremont, California factory. Musk said that the Sport version will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, more than a second faster than the standard Model S. No word on how much that extra power and quickness will cost over the Model S' $57K to $77K range.

The Model S' motor is powered by a lithium ion battery pack. Three individual prices equate to three different batteries and ranges: 160 miles, 230 miles, and 300 miles. The car will offer both five and seven-person seating arrangements.

Tesla is also working on a crossover model based on the Model S' platform, which it will unveil later this year. While the Roadster was an innovative, groundbreaking car, the $110,000 sports car didn't serve as much of a cash cow for the brand. Tesla plans to use more mainstream, affordable vehicles to start turning a profit. Past reports have indicated that Tesla hopes to amp Model S production up to 20,000 vehicles by 2013.

The Model S will hit dealers next year. No word on when the Model S Sport will hit production.


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