They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well if so, then the Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle is one hell of an automobile.
Just look at this beauty.
You may have recently heard about the Model X in the news. Ford Motor Company recently paid $200,000 – more than $55,000 above the sticker price – to purchase one of the first to roll of the assembly line. Engineers at Ford intend to test drive the Model X and eventually attempt to reverse engineer some of its technology for use in future Ford models.
While purchasing a competitor’s newest model isn’t novel for the auto industry, the shockingly high price paid by Ford signals how strong their interest is in the Model X. A quick look at the Model X reveals why Ford was so enthusiastic about getting their hands on one of the first available.
To begin with, this isn’t your father’s SUV. Nor is it your hippie uncle’s low-emission electric car. This bad boy can zoom from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds with its electric powered engine equipped with the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade (seriously that is Tesla’s own terminology) .
That’s nearly as fast General Motor’s Corvette Z06, a speed demon in its own right.
For those not impressed with speed, the Model X also offers other great features like all-wheel drive, an electric battery that can power the car for up to 257 miles, and plenty of room for all your gear. Maybe even more important, it has falcon-wing doors that make it seem as though it may also be capable of time travel.
So it’s easy to see why Tesla’s competitors were itching to get their hands on the Model X. Don’t be surprised to see similar designs in the future from Ford and General Motors, because the Model X is a force to be reckoned with.