762 hp, falcon doors, seven seats and supercar performance. What else do you want?
With the unveiling of the world’s first luxury electric SUV, has Tesla also just revealed the world’s most desirable SUV? The Californian carmaker’s second mainstream vehicle, this is a seven-seat electric crossover with 762 hp and the capability of reaching 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Sharing much of its DNA with the Model S P90D sedan, the Model X has a 259-hp electric motor driving the front axle, and a 503-hp electric motor motivating the rear. A combined 713 lb-ft of torque helps the extraordinary vehicle post a quarter-mile time of 11.7 seconds.
But you’ll have to upgrade to ‘Ludicrous’ spec to realize these supercar-rivaling numbers. So it has plenty of space, insane performance, but what about the avant-garde design? Those rear falcon doors is not something Tesla built to look cool. Obviously they do, but Elon Musk says that’s just an added bonus. Their main purpose is to make buckling up kids in the back easier and for no-nonsense access to the third row. The doors are also double-hinged and come with ultrasonic sensors that scan the area around the vehicle, adjusting the “span” of the wing-like doors before opening. The “largest windscreen in production” also allows for exceptional visibility akin to flying a helicopter.
Other cutting-edge features include a high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) filter, which ensures the air flowing into the cabin is as clean as a surgeon’s operating room. Oh, and the Model X has been prepped for autonomous driving with cameras, radar and sonar sensors already fitted. At launch the electric SUV will come with a 90kWh battery giving owners a 250-mile range. Tesla claims the Model X will also be rated as “the safest car on the road” once official testing takes place, and will be the first SUV “to receive a five-star safety rating in all categories.” The Tesla Model X will launch with the fully loaded Signature Edition priced from $132,000.