Tesla Model X electric car unveiled

The leader of the electric car game has a new pawn in its army, and it’s a dual-engine powerhouse

The Tesla Model X electric car has just been unveiled and it looks like electric cars are going the way of gadgets with dual-cores – this beast has a dual-engine, and it's fast.

Tesla first made the stunning Tesla Roadster sports car which, using an electric engine the size of a melon, could shoot from 0-60mph in just 3.9s and manage a huge 245 miles on a charge.

Then there was the Telsa Model S for the more executive driver, sporting four doors and luxury stylings. It has cool touches like automatically retracting door handles that sit flush with the body until you get close, and a 17in tablet dashboard, plus a 300 mile range with 0-60mph in 5.6s. Today Tesla revealed the Tesla Model X.

The Model X packs two independent electric engines into its frame, one in the engine bay and the other on the rear axle – meaning four wheel drive with an engine for the front wheels and another for the rear wheels. That means you get a 0-60mph time of just 4.4s.

There will also be a two-wheel drive version of the Model X, but fewer details were revealed. The Model X is heavier than the Model S, suggesting greater luxury but with the same performance, although there will be a 10 percent reduction in range (probably to about 270 miles on the best battery pack option).

As you can see from the teaser image the Model X will feature two gull-wing doors – presumably to give it that futuristic DeLorean feel. You also get three rows of seating, meaning it can seat seven adults with storage for bags in the front and back. Plus you can even stand up in the roomy beauty – although doing that at 100mph isn’t recommended.

The Model X is set for a 2015 release and will cost around US$50,000. You can reserve yours at Tesla today.

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