• Feb 12, 2009
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A couple months back, we got a glimpse of the rear bumper of Tesla's Model S via a BusinessWeek article on the company. Early this morning, we finally got an official shot from the company that provides some real clues. Given the past history between Tesla and Fisker Automotive, the obvious comparison is with the Karma. One difference that's immediately obvious is the length of the nose. Since Tesla opted to go with batteries only for energy storage, designer Franz von Holzhausen didn't have to accommodate a range extender under the hood. The whole car appears to be at least a foot shorter than the Karma.

At this point, Tesla plans to offer the Model S with several battery options; the base setup will provide a 160 mile nominal range. Like the Roadster, the motor in the Model S drives the rear wheels. We'll be seeing the rest of the car on March 26, by which time Tesla hopes to have a final decision on its DOE loan application so that they can make other announcements about production.

[Source: Tesla]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This guy looks like he's groping a car that's wearing a skirt.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Thise wheels were ripped right off the SAAB Aero X concept
        • 5 Years Ago
        that was not the first car to use airplane turbines as its inspiration for wheels, believe me.

        at this point the look is practically generic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks slick. Don't know if it'll look better than the Fisker 4-dr EV. Wish we could see more of the current Teslas on the road today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so far so good...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fatima, why not get a sensible car to make long distance trips in then.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They really need to have a gas generator and solar panel(to power fan in summer).
        I like to go on out of state road trips I cant drive 160miles then wait 3hrs for it to charge!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I would have said had Porsche done this with the Panamera. No nasty surprises, please, Tesla.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good! Hope it works.

      We need NEW cars like this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      is that Ramsy lifting the cover?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good to me
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks good... so far. The $60,000 price though, is a bit on the pricey side. We'll see how much content it has at that price. Will it be a luxury car, or your typical sedan except with an electic drivetrain?

      For greenies who are desperate to get into an electric car, the Volt will be relatively attractive at $40,000--plus you don't have to worry about your battery unexpectedly dying in the middle of nowhere when pushing your luck or the drivetrain hard. Hmmm... I'd like to know the content of the Volt at that price too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really don't get this "it's too expensive" complaint. You're probably not Tesla's target market, anyway.

        The "high-end" approach is a good one for Tesla. They're getting buyers who have enough money that they don't need THIS CAR to get to work everyday, and who might be more patient with what is really still an experimental car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad so far.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From what I can see I gotta feeln the Fisker Karma will still look better but hey Im just glad Tesla is still making this ride go USA !
      • 5 Years Ago
      they can show us the concept all they want. It will be a LONG while before it's ever available if available at all. This shady car company is going to have kiss major rear end to get DOE money to help keep it afloat. I hope they fail just for the fact that the company that didn't want to be like the typical car dealership ended up being like one with their bait and switch tactics.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great thus far. Can't wait to see the whole thing!
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