Saturday, February 11, 2012

An SUV with Wings

Tesla founder Elon Musk builds spaceships, so it’s perhaps not surprising that his latest car has wings.

The Model X battery-powered crossover SUV was revealed on Thursday evening at an event in Tesla’s Hawthorne, Calif., design studio, right next door to Musk’s Space X rocket company. The all-electric seven-passenger vehicle set to be the second car in the company’s lineup when it goes on sale in late 2013.

Built on the same platform as the company’s upcoming Model S sedan, Tesla says the seven-passenger, three-row Model X will be available in rear and all-wheel drive models and that the high performance version is quicker than a Porsche 911, despite being as large as an Audi Q7.

In other words: it flies. Not literally, but open the doors and you might think that it can.

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