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by Tim Beissmann

The Tesla Model S will be available for public test drives in Australia from tomorrow.

Tesla Motors will give prospective owners (and presumably plenty of interested tyre-kickers) the opportunity to drive the pure electric Model S sedan in Melbourne from Friday August 15 and in Sydney from Monday August 18.

Melbourne test drives will operate out of the Melbourne Marriott hotel on Exhibition St between 10am and 6pm until September 14, while Sydney drives will start at The Darling at The Star Casino and Hotel on Pyrmont St between 10am and 8pm until September 11.

Tesla has created websites for the Melbourne and Sydney test drives encouraging those interested to RSVP with their contact details.

The pages explain the ‘Model S experience’ will include a 15-minute test drive over “a predetermined route designed to highlight the capabilities of Model S”, with a Tesla product specialist on board to “ensure you optimise your time in Model S”.

Test drivers are encouraged to bring up to three guests to ride in the back during the drive.

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Tesla has opened the order books for the Model S in Australia but is yet to officially announce a launch date or timing for delivery of customer cars.

A number of Model S sedans have already been spotted on public roads in New South Wales and Victoria.

Three variants of the Model S are available in Australia: the $96,208 Model S 60, the $111,807 Model S 85, and the $133,257 Model S P85.

The base model produces 225kW and 430Nm from its electric motor and claims a 0-100km/h sprint of 6.2 seconds. The mid-spec variant ups outputs to 270kW/440Nm and cuts its sprint time to 5.6sec, while the flagship Performance variant pumps out 310kW/600Nm and claims to hit triple figures in 4.4sec.

The entry-grade claims a range of 390km, while the mid- and top-spec models claim up to 502km on a single charge.

Follow the links to RSVP for a test drive in Melbourne or Sydney.




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