It takes quite a charge

The slick elec­tric sedan cops a whack of lux­ury car tax

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The per­for­mance ver­sion of the Model S, which will also be avail­able in Australia from day one’’, can reach 100km/h in 4.4secs, which is faster than a Porsche 911 Car­rera.

Bat­tery packs are from 40kWh to 85kWh. The range is from 260km to 485km, which is more than any other masspro­duced EV avail­able.

It will charge from any con­ven­tional 240V out­let while an op­tional three-phase 480V charger will top up the bat­tery in 45 min­utes.

The pow­er­train sits un­der the floor, cre­at­ing a low cen­tre of grav­ity and elim­i­nat­ing the trans­mis­sion tun­nel. There is gen­er­ous cabin space and two cargo ar­eas. It also fea­tures an alu­minium body, air sus­pen­sion and two op­tional rear-fac­ing chil­dren’s seats.

McCor­mack says one of the big­gest sell­ing points will be the 17-inch cen­tral touch screen, ‘‘ the size of an iPad and three-quar­ters’’, which con­trols sys­tems from light­ing to cli­mate con­trol to Google maps and even live stream­ing of the in­ter­net.

Tesla Mo­tors is ‘‘ on track’’ to open an Ap­ple Store-style show­room in a shop­ping cen­tre in Syd­ney.

Tesla siz­zler: The per­for­mance ver­sion of the Model S is quicker

than a Porsche 911 Car­rera

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