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Tesla Model X arrives with 397kW/967Nm

By Daniel DeGasperi, 03 Aug 2016 News

Tesla Model X arrives with 397kW/967Nm

3.4sec 0-100km/h Tesla SUV can also seat seven

Watch out BMW X5 M and Benz GLE 63 because the Tesla Model X P90D is arriving with seven seats and a 3.4-second 0-100km/h claim priced from $201,072 plus on-road costs.

The sticker of the all-electric Californian-built SUV comes in just above the $185,510 X5 M and $189,900 GLE 63, both of which claim a 4.2sec sprint. However, it lists significantly below the $287,500 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and $423,600 Bentley Bentayga that each only wipe another tenth off that time.

Tesla Model X rearTesla’s Model X P90D comfortably becomes the fastest SUV on the market whether equipped with ‘Ludicrous’ mode or not – an option that ups electric outputs from 346kW/830Nm to a ballistic 397kW/967Nm, lowering the 0-100km/h claim by six-tenths.

Think of it as an ‘overboost’ function.

Tesla Model X frontWith Falcon doors, a choice of six or seven seats and all-wheel-drive, the P90D with its 90kWh battery can also run up to 467km on a single powerpoint charge. Tesla further claims the aerodynamic coefficiency of the Model X is 20 per cent better than its best rival.

Equipment levels and options pricing have not yet been detailed, but the Model X is available to order now through Tesla showrooms ahead of the first vehicles arriving between October and December this year.

Tesla Model X interiorThe P90D becomes the most expensive car Tesla will offer in this country, adding $27,272 to the price of the readily available Tesla Model S P90D sedan that claims a 3.0sec 0-100km/h.

In an SUV-loving Australian market, Tesla isn’t hiding its intention to significantly boost local sales beyond that of the existing sedan-only range. The Model S and Model X will be joined by the BMW 3 Series-sized Model 3 either next year or in early 2018, with a corresponding ‘Ludicrous’ version expected to rival M3 and C63 S with, er, electrifying performance.