It’s official: after a wait of more than three years, the very first reservation holders for the Tesla Model X electric SUV will be picking up their limited-edition Signature Series from Tesla’s manufacturing facility in Fremont, California on September 29th.
The announcement, made by Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] CEO Elon Musk on Twitter yesterday evening, will mark the start of official deliveries for Tesla’s second mass-produced electric car. The event, coming an agonizing three years and seven months after the vehicle was first unveiled as an alpha prototype at Tesla’s Hawthorn Design Studio in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012, will likely mirror the special hand-over celebrations held at the same factory in June 2012 when Musk personally handed over the keys to a handful of early Model S cars.
It’s likely that the lucky recipients — who have probably spent the last few days finalizing the details of their new cars after Tesla’s Model X configuration tool went live for Signature Series reservation holders on Monday — were the first Tesla fans who handed over a cheque to the automaker immediately after seeing the alpha prototype in February 2012.
Most, we’d guess, are existing Tesla Model S owners and probably shareholders too. Those who decided to reserve their signature series Model X a little later will get to pick their cars up from their local Tesla Store in the weeks following the gala ceremony on September 29.
As we detailed on Monday, the Model X Signature Series — a 1,000-vehicle, limited-production run to celebrate the start of Model X manufacture, comes with a whole host of features as standard which will be offered as optional extras on regular production Model X cars. These include things like the larger-capacity 90 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, future autopilot capabilities via an over-the-air software update, third-row seats and ventilated leather seats with both cooling and heating functionality.
At the time of writing, the limited-edition Signature Series starts from $133,200 before incentives but including a mandatory handling and shipping fee. Add optional extras such as the $10,000 ‘ludicrous’ acceleration mode (which decreases 0-60 mph acceleration from 3.6 seconds to 3.2 seconds), Cold Weather Pack and Towing Pack, and that price rockets up. Add special paint or wheel choices, and it’s easy to spend more than $150,000 on Tesla’s flagship Model X.
But as we’ve noted before — and Tesla is keen to point out — the price of the Signature Series Model X isn’t representative of the rest of the Model X lineup.
Alongside his other tweets concerning the launch plans for both the Model X and Model 3 electric cars, Elon Musk took some time out to explain that with identical options to a Tesla Model S, the Tesla Model X will be about $5,000 more expensive than the sedan it shares a common platform with.
With same options, Model X is $5k more than an S due to greater size & body complexity. Sig Series is fully loaded, hence high price.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 2, 2015
With the Model X official launch now just 27 days away, we’re sure we’ll hear more from Tesla in the coming days about final specifications, EPA ratings and pricing for non-Signature Series customers, but in the meantime, we’re keen to know what you make of the specifications and prices so far.
Are you excited to see the Model X finally enter production? Will you be considering one in the near future? And will you be happy to pay $75,000 for an entry-level all-electric full-size SUV?
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