It takes quite a charge
The slick electric sedan cops a whack of luxury car tax
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