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Tesla Model S electric sedan pricing and options announced, starts at $57,400

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Tesla Motors has announced final pricing and option details for the much-anticipated Model S electric sedan, which will start at $57,400.

Tesla Model S Electric Sedan
Tesla Model S Electric Sedan

Tesla Motors has announced final pricing and option details for its much-anticipated Model S electric sedan. The battery-powered vehicle, which follows the original sold-out Tesla Roadster, will come in four different varieties:

  • The $57,400 entry model offers a 40-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, a range of 160 miles, and a top speed of 110 miles per hour.
  • A 60kWh version will give you a 230 mile range at up to 120mph for $67,400.
  • The $77,400 85kWh variant will deliver an impressive 300 mile range at up to 125 miles per hour.
  • A fourth Performance model will sell for $87,400, pairing the same 85kWh battery with a top speed of 130mph, a deluxe interior package, and high performance tires (the same options are available a la carte for the other models).

In addition to the extra range, the bigger batteries also bring quicker acceleration: the entry model will go from zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds, but the Performance model clocks the same in just 4.4 seconds.

The cars will be built in Fremont, California, and also feature a 17-inch touchscreen built into the dash. While they do qualify for a Federal tax credit of $7,500, these are still premium vehicles — but that hasn't stopped prospective buyers from getting in line. Tesla told Businessweek that next year's production run is already sold out. If you're curious, the company has posted a detailed list of specifications and options. The sedans are expected to be delivered by fall of 2012.