The Tesla Model X, the second all electric vehicle to come from the Palo Alto-based EV company, has recently shown itself to a select few. Tesla invited early “Signature” reservation holders to configure their cars before they’re built. These Signature models will be the launch models and will cost $132,000 to start. However, the base price of the Model X is said to be about $25,000 less than the Signature model. That still starts the Model X in six-figure territory, which already has some very tough competitors.
The Tesla Model X Signature is, obviously, all electric, with one electric motor at each axle making 762 horsepower, and can do 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Opt for the Ludicrous Mode and it can do the same sprint in 3.2 seconds, though that will cost an additional $10,000. Admittedly, standard equipment is pretty good, but then again, it better be considering the lofty price tag. And some of the features that come with the Signature Series are features that should be included in every car with a six-figure price tag, like ventilated heated and cooled seats. Acuras have that.
Audi has an answer for the Model X coming soon, in the form of the upcoming Audi Q6, currently dubbed the e-tron Quattro Concept which will be debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month. The e-tron Quattro Concept will likely turn into a Q6 which could use a version of the R8 e-tron’s powertrain. This would mean dual electric motors, one at each axle, giving it full-time torque vectoring all-wheel drive. As of now, such a car would be down on power compared to the Model X, packing just 500 horses, but it should be lighter as well, and maybe even cheaper.
The Tesla Model X should be an impressive car, considering its power, performance and ability to seat seven, but its price tag puts it in dangerous territory. Cars like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and the BMW X5 M already occupy that space and they don’t need a Supercharger network to travel more than a couple hundred miles while being just as fast. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up when it finally released but, as of right now, that asking price seems to be a bit too steep for what is essentially a Tesla Model S with two more seats.