Electric carmaker Tesla got gearheads buzzing this weekend with its announcement of a tweak to its Model S luxury sedan to give it super speed. The souped-up version will go 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and get about 320 miles per charge.
Green Car Reports has more on the specs:
The sportier version features the same 85 kilowatt-hour, 300 miles-per-charge battery pack found in the 2012 Model S Signature series.
“That’s quicker than a [Porsche] 911 [Carrera],” joked [Tesla CEO Elon] Musk. “Not bad for an electric luxury sedan.”
In fact, it’s better than some of the gas-powered cars in its class, including a few that Tesla fans say look remarkably similar to the Model S:
- Supercharged Jaguar XF: 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds
- Maserati Quattroporte 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds
- Aston Martin Rapide 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds
- Volvo S60: 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds
Want more? See one Houstonian’s Tesla photos from a factory tour in California and check out this clip of Model S test cars on the track:
Rumor has it you’ll be able to try out Tesla’s yourself at a Houston dealership soon. And if you think Tesla’s got a good business model, see who we think is even more likely to succeed in the electric-car game: