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USA: Saturday Drive: 2012 Tesla Model S

The car: 2013 Tesla Model S

The power: 362 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque coming from an 85 kWh battery and a rear-mounted, liquid-cooled, AC induction motor routing power to the rear wheels.

The photos: Tesla Model S

The speed: 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds

The bragging rights: World’s first all-electric luxury sedan (though it’s technically a hatchback).

The price: Between $57,400 and $95,400 without options and before any federal or state tax credits. As tested: $81,150 (estimated).

The details: The first of the Tesla Model S’ vehicles are finally starting to roll into owners’ hands after several years of gestation, customer deposits and partnerships with the likes of Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. This is the first vehicle the Silicon Valley company has built from the ground up; its first car was the all-electric, two-seat Roadster that was loosely based on the Lotus Elise and is no longer in production. The company recently announced a third vehicle, the Model X crossover, which is expected to land in customer hands in 2014. Tesla says it expects to build 5,000 Model S cars this year and an ambitious 20,000 in 2013.



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