Elon Musk: "As You Can See, The Tesla Model S… Can Actually Seat Eight"

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Yes, the Model S can fit eight… just not legally. Meanwhile, those are some pretty small kids in the old-school, rear-facing jumpseats (they’re only approved for passengers under five feet tall). But hey, it’s Elon Musk’s party, and he’s free to say whatever he likes until the car is actually on sale.

Speaking of which, it seems that the multiple versions of the Model S will not only be differentiated by range (with 160,230 or 300 miles of range) but Autocar reports there will be a performance version of the 300-mile car as well, which will hit 60 MPH in 4.6 seconds instead of the standard 5.5 seconds. The 160-mile version is reported to cost around $50k, the 230-mile version about $60k, the standard 300-mile version around $70k and the performance version will hit $80k. For a taste of the Model S’s performance, hit the jump for a brief, chauffeured test ride video.

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  • Dvp cars Dvp cars on Oct 03, 2011

    ......if those linear distance/price factors keep being increased, maybe we'll eventually get a car that we can take on a real trip......for about $800,000!... less subsidies, of course.

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    • Dvp cars Dvp cars on Oct 03, 2011

      @chris724 .......a 5000 mile range would get one from Maine to LA, but not all the way back.....probably have to lay over in Needles or somewhere for a 99 hour recharge.

  • CRacK hEaD aLLeY CRacK hEaD aLLeY on Oct 03, 2011

    His ex-wife is hotter than the current car.

    • Herb Herb on Oct 03, 2011

      Maybe, but also quite expensive to maintain.

  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Oct 03, 2011

    Those old-school rear-facing seats a) are still available on the E-Class wagon and (I think) Volvo V70, and b) probably still thought of fondly, especially among those TTACers who think that a GM B-Body wagon is better family conveyance than a modern minivan. For the record, my five-year old thinks the rear-facing seats in the E-Class are pretty cool.

    • Shaker Shaker on Oct 04, 2011

      Unfortunately, no roll-down back window (a-la Country Squire) to enjoy the no hydrocarbon wake.

  • Zykotec Zykotec on Oct 04, 2011

    Why is my inner voice repeating the words 'Tucker Torpedo' while watching this?