If you've ever stopped into a Tesla store, or gone online to check out one of the super-charged, super-priced electric cars, you know these Silicon Valley automobiles aren't everyday roadsters. They're extremely high-end, high-quality cars.
Until Tesla's in-the-works Tesla Model 3 comes out for $35,000 in 2017, that isn't about to change. Certainly not for its new $100,000-plus Tesla Model X, which looks more like a spaceship with seven bucket seats than a car.
At that price point, you'll want a car with insane power. Check out these stats, based on the Model X's Signature Series ($132,000, or so).
Its top speed is 155 mph, and it doesn't take more than a few seconds to get there. Going from 0 to 60 mph takes just 3.8 seconds. Not fast enough? Throw down an extra $10,000, to upgrade to the Ludicrous Mode. That'll get you from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.
Remember, we're talking about an electric car. On a single charge, it can speed along for 240 miles.
It gets sweeter. The limited edition Signature Series will come with high-tech gear that'll make any geek swoon. That includes its autopilot semi-autonomous cruise control. Tesla's traffic-aware cruise control utilizes cameras, radar and 360-degree ultrasonic sonar to scan for other cars near you. In other words, it'll do a lot of the driving for you. Plus, it will have GPS memory, and an ultra-high-fidelity stereo system.
That's amazing for any car, but the Model X is a car-sport utility vehicle crossover that seats seven, comfortably it looks like. All seven leather seats can be heated, for an extra $1,000.