Ludicrous. That sums up Tesla’s Model X SUV. No, really. It has a ludicrous speed mode to accelerate the all-electric vehicle from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. Umm, easy there soccer moms and dads. Whole Foods is open till 9 p.m.
The Tesla Model X is finally here after a few delays. If you have $132,000 lying about, you can have the all-electric SUV. It comes complete with falcon wing rear doors and seating for seven adults.
Yeah, I’m not sure how comfortable the back bench is for an adult, but I’m sure you can cram everyone in there.
What about range? That’s the Achilles heel of electric vehicles. It has an estimated range of 257 miles per charge. Not bad, but it’ll be nice when battery technology is there to double the range or charging stations become more prevalent across the country.
It’s an SUV, so storage is near the top of the list of must-have features. The Tesla Model X has you covered with the rear cargo area, the front trunk and under the passenger seats. Damn, are we sure Tesla didn’t make smuggling compartments for the SUV?
How big is the front trunk? It can hold two full-size golf bags. The back area? Toss in your bikes, skis or snowboards. Hitch accessories will also be available, allowing you to carry the bikes and other gear outside the Model X.
It is also the first electric vehicle with a 5,000-pound towing capacity. Hello, jet skis. That does ding the range. You can’t haul an extra 5,000 pounds and expect the full mileage.
Tesla Model X Features
Safety features are your standard fare for high-end SUVs. Automatic braking sensors are there to help you avoid collisions. The sensors actively monitor the road and will apply the brakes in case of an emergency. The cabin contains a medical grade HEPA filter to the interior of allergens, pollen, bacteria and viruses from the air.
You can’t have a Tesla without a heavy dose of style. The Model X brings it with head-turning design. Park at your local store and let the family pile out the back. Normal doors? Hell no. Falcon wing doors. You just became the coolest kid at school. I would never call shotgun again. Give me the back seat so I can have the badass door.
Next you’ll notice the windshield. Tesla claims it has the largest panoramic windshield in production. What about when you’re driving into the sun? Solar tinting is standard to dampen the glare and keep the best visibility for the driver and passengers.
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Falcon Wing rear doors with built in sensors for opening in garages of any height
Automatically deploying rear spoiler
Maps and navigation with real-time traffic updates
Daytime running lights
Power-folding and heated side mirrors
Front trunk with room for luggage, strollers or two golf bags
Full-size rear cargo storage for bikes and gear
Free long distance travel on Tesla’s expanding Supercharger network
8 year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty
Automatic keyless entry
GPS enabled Homelink
Parking sensors, blind spot and side collision warnings
Automatic emergency braking
Seating for six or seven adults depending on interior configuration
Four LATCH child seat attachments, two in each passenger row
When can you buy one? Unfortunately, you’re not driving off the lot today with one of these. You can reserve it today via the company’s website. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2016.
The price is a hit to the bank account. You’ll need to be a one-percenter to have a Model X sitting in the garage.
Maybe the reservation system will give the company time to advance battery technology. Imagine a Model X with a 500-mile range. Now that would truly be game-changing. Oh, and cutting the price in half would be nice. I’d like to think I could feasibly afford one.