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by Matt Campbell

The all-new Tesla Model X that is set to enter production in the third quarter of this year will be faster than a V8 Holden Commodore SS, the company claims.

Details posted on Tesla‘s website confirm the new Model X will jump from 0-60 miles per hour (96.6km/h) in “under five seconds”, which the US electric car company says means it will “outperform the fastest SUVs and many sports cars”. Indeed, if the Model X can hit 100km/h from a standstill in less than 5.0sec, it will be faster than a VF SS by about half a second.

The brand has confirmed the Model X will receive the same powertrain options as the Model S, including the P85D twin-motor all-wheel-drive system that is currently capable of producing 515kW of power and 930Nm of torque.

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Also available will be the 60kWh base drivetrain with 285kW of power and the non-performance version of the 85kWh powertrain, which also has 285kW but offers extra battery range – in the Model S, the 60kWh offers 390 kilometres, while the 85kWh offers 502km.

Tesla has also confirmed the car will be offered with its eye-catching and complexly engineered ‘falcon wing’ doors, “allowing easy access to the third-row seat, even from the narrowest of parking spaces”.

While the production version of the Model X has not yet been revealed, the company’s website states deliveries will commence in 2016.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed the Model X will be priced closely to the Model S. In Australia the Model S is priced from $96,208 plus on-road costs.

CarAdvice recently spent some time in the Tesla Model S in the US, sampling the company’s Supercharger network by travelling more than 1800km from Seattle to Los Angeles. Read the story and watch the video here.




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