|Tesla Model X SUV|
The first-ever Tesla electric car has landed in India. The car in question is the Tesla Model X SUV, replete with its characteristic gull-wings. It has been imported into the country by an unknown buyer, and has just landed into the Mumbai port, from where it’ll soon reach its owner after customs formalities.
The Model X SUV is one of the fastest Tesla cars built. The 7 seat SUV uses two electric motors, one driving the front axle and the other driving the rear. The electric motor at front makes 259 PS while that the rear puts out 503 PS. Together, the motors output an eye-watering 967 Nm of peak torque in the base P90 variant, enough to propel the Model X from standstill to 100 Kph in a stunning 4.8 seconds. Now, that’s quick enough to shame most sports cars. Top speed is a heady 250 Kph, again very sports car-like.
Tesla also offers a faster P90D variant, which will hit the 100 Kph mark from rest in just 3.8 seconds. There’s another party trick in the form of the Ludicrous mode. Press it, and the Model X P90D will go ballistic, rocketing to 100 Kph in just 3.2 seconds.
Performance aside, the Tesla Model X can ferry 7 people, seated in three rows. It gets a host of interesting features that include a semi-autonomous driving system that Tesla aptly calls Autopilot, adjustable ride height, and a futuristic, touchscreen tablet-based infotainment system.
Currently, it’s built at Tesla’s only factory at Fremont, California, and in the US market, retails for about 128,000 USD. Importing one to India will cost about 2 crore rupees. That’s expensive yes, but much cheaper than most supercars. Oh, and cheaper to run too, for it runs on electric power.
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