Tesla’s looooong-awaited Model X crossover SUV has been a source of great excitement among auto buffs for several years now. The fastest selling car in Tesla’s history reached that distinction way back in early 2012, and the all-electric sport utility vehicle with impressive falcon wing doors still isn’t on the road. Yet. Tesla’s still accepting pre-orders, though, and customers can now privately customize a Signature Series model for $132,000, before tax credits.
For over three years, Tesla has been accepting down payments for the Model X: $5,000 down for the base model or a whopping $40,000 for the coveted Signature Series. The Signature models will be the first to roll off the production lines, according to Tesla representativess, although that’s been the plan from the beginning. If you can swing the deposit, it’s a whale of a deal on the all-electric SUV with a 240-mile range that is eligible for a $7,500 Federal tax credit as well as additional credits in certain states. Although, if you feel the need for speed, adding Ludicrous Mode will cost an extra $10,000.
The public can’t get much of a look at the new Model X yet, beyond the previously released prototypes, although it reportedly hasn’t changed a lot from a visual standpoint. Plunking down a deposit, though, grants buyers access to a private online tool where they can configure their specific order to include the paint and interior of their choice, select other options, and spend a little more time thinking about how badly they really need to make their SUV go from 0 to 60 in just 2.8 seconds.
Tesla originally expected to release the Signature edition Model X in late 2013. A series of design challenges delayed the timeline, mostly surrounding the uniquely constructed falcon wing doors, which presented some difficulties due to their weight. Earlier this summer, CEO Elon Musk promised the Model X would still sport those fantastic futuristic doors, and that the first models would launch as early as this month (September). Anyone just starting to think about putting in an order will have to wait until “early 2016” to get their new ride, according to Tesla’s website.
Via The Verge
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