A high-performance version of the zero-emissions Tesla Model S sedan will reportedly be available immediately from the vehicle's launch in 2012, giving Tesla a rival to the ultimate of Ultimate Driving Machines: the BMW M5.

Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk reportedly confirmed the Model S Sport launch alongside the unveiling of the near-production-ready electric sedan at an exclusive event for Model S reservation holders in Silicon Valley, CA.

According to Green Car Reports, Musk says the $80,000 high-performance version of the Model S will be offered with a battery pack sized at 85-kWh to give the sedan a 300-mile range. The Sport version will come equipped with enhancements that cut its 0 to 60-mph time from 5.5 to somewhere between 4.4 and 4.6 seconds.

Additionally, Musk confirmed the Model S will be offered with optional aerodynamic wheels, boosting range to 320 miles. Tesla's CEO stated:
People were skeptical about whether we could build an electric car with a 300-mile range. And we've gone and made one with a 320-mile range.
Tesla has also promised to equip the Model S with seating for up to seven and by fitting the sedan with a battery pack that can be swapped out by Tesla at suitable sites along major freeways. All to please Wall Street Journal scribe Dan Neil.

In closing, Musk stated:
The goal with the Model S was to build the best car, not just the best electric vehicle. It can seat seven, has got two boots, a really low center of gravity; no-one thought any of this was possible. I'm proud of this car and it's a revolution that I hope the rest of the industry will follow.
We like it, too. In our humble opinion, the Model S seems set to become the world's most spectacular zero-emissions vehicle. We'll know more when the car actually hits the road, but it sure looks good "on paper."


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      nate
      • 3 Years Ago
      While this car may not be perfect (too heavy, too expensive, not enough range, arguably ugly), let it pave the way for future EVs from all manufacturers!
      PatrickH
      • 3 Years Ago
      How does 0-60 in 4.5 seconds rival the M5? Maybe they were talking about the old E39 M5? The E60 and F10 models will both hit 60 in less than 4 seconds. Also, while it may not matter much in the US, over in Germany on the Autobahn and around the 'Ring AMG and M owners will be laughing and waving bye bye when the Telsa trying to keep up tops out at 120-130 mph.
        Dave R
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PatrickH
        At Autobahn speeds range drops a LOT. You're probably not going to spend more than an hour at 125mph even with the 300mi pack before you run out of juice. Simple physics - driving at 125 mph uses about 3x the power cruising at 65 mph. I'll still take a Tesla S over a M5 any day of the week. Maybe that one day I'm in Germany and have free reign on the autobahn I might prefer the M5.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it! A lot! This is what Tesla should've be from the beginning. I hope this is real life driving range 'cause you know here in Europe every manufacturer claims their cars burn 4 or 4,5 or 5 litres per 100km but this is impossible to achieve in the real world. It's always at least a liter more.
      hman570
      • 3 Years Ago
      Be sure your on a highway to do this as most neighborhood have a 15/25 MPH. So this car is good for???
      BlackDeep
      • 3 Years Ago
      owr1491 ask about the cost of the battery replacement and it is a darn good question. So here is another one. What happens when we get 100 million of these cars on the road? That is 100 million cars with not just one but numerous batteries, creating literally mountains of batteries and rivers of acid. Or do they have a system set up for recycling and reconditioning the batteries and the acids from those batteries. I wonder just how long it is going to take before these green machines become the toxic waste of tomorrow.
      owr1491
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not one of these "GEE_WHIZ" electrics will say anything about the cost of battery replacement. I've asked this exact same question on ennumerable blogs, and have yet to get an answer. Drop off stations where you can "Swap" batteries? Yea, right. How much? How many charges on these batteries before they need to be replaced? Again, how much? Also, I don't need a car that goes from 0 to 60 in 5 sec. I need a dependable car I can depend on for the long haul, and this car ain't it.
      J.D
      • 3 Years Ago
      can someone please explain as to how this thing possibly seats 7 people? Dead bodies in the boot do not count, nor do smuggled illegals. All videos I can find show the car with a conventional 5 seat layout, and with that, not much more space than a lexus GS or BMW 5 series. Otherwise, it's a fantastic looking car...
        Jointguy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @J.D
        2 fold down kiddy "jump seats" in the back trunk for passengers 4'10" and under
      chest rockwell
      • 3 Years Ago
      7 passengers? Where are the pics of the extra two seats? (from what I understand they're rear-facing)
      ijardine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now this IS progress. Lovely car.
      jgabs69
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but when you remove an engine from a car and put in a electric motor, it becomes an appliance. It loses its soul. No BMW M5 owner or any driving enthusiast for that matter would be caught dead in an EV. Bio fuels are the future. We can keep the ICE and our cars will still have souls!!!!!!!
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jgabs69
        It seems your main objections are entirely due to your narrow vision of what constitutes fun and "soul".
        sirjaysmith
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jgabs69
        No, that's just you rejecting progress. Take a look at the hobby of professional Radio controlled cars. Electric is by far a superior power source, especially with the introduction of brushless motors and LiPo batteries. The cars are lighter, more simple, easier to maintain and easily match the performance. Batteries are stupid, they're the last piece holding up the revolution of the electric car, and once we get past those miserable oafs of technology, there will be no reason to own a gas powered car unless you're old.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sirjaysmith
          I'm just shooting in the dark here, but I'm guessing this comes from a person who never in his life heard V12 noise or you are one of this blokes for whom the car is just a means to get from point A to point B. Am I right?
        Trevor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jgabs69
        So let me get this straight, you are speaking on behalf of all M5 owners......... give me a break.
      wallstreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only a fool would buy this over an M5.. Mercedes-Benz & Audi have tried to emulate the M5 for the better part of 2 decades with little success. How is an electric car company going to triumph on its first attempt?
        Neal Levy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        That is the point.... It is not this or an M5... We were not in the market for a 2 door performance sportscar but yet now we are the happy owners of 2 Tesla Roadsters.... They are comparing performance numbers...
      patrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who would want this over an M5. The M5 has a real V8, that be fueled to capacity in 5 minutes. Also in this price range fuel cost is not much of an issue, so making an ass out of youself with an electric car is not needed.
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