Tesla Model S Signature Series Is Sold Out

JUN 5 2012 BY STAFF 9

The Signature Series and Signature Performance is the premium, limited run edition editions of the Model S.  And they are both sold out.

These special cars start at $95,400 and run up to $105,400( for the Performance model), and their purchasers are assured to ‘go to the front of the line’ and receive their cars in priority sequence ahead of the more common Tesla customers.  The Model S starts at a base price of $57,400 for the 40 kWh, 160 mile version.

Both Signature Series come equipped with a massive 85 kWh battery netting about 300 miles of range, and 0 to 60 times of less than 6 seconds, with the Performance edition hitting the mark in 4.4 seconds according to the company.

Tesla notes that you can still reserve your own standard Model S, provided you put $5,000 down as a deposit.  Deliveries of those cars will begin later in the summer, but still based on the car that is chosen.  85kWh versions will be delivered first, followed by the 60 kWh versions in the fall, and finally 40 kWh perhaps by year’s end.  To date, Tesla has taken just over 11,000 reservations.

All car’s qualify for the $7,500 federal rebate, and it is not reflected in the price’s quoted in the article.  Configure your own Tesla here.

2013 Tesla Model S Lineup


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Somebody has to pay the high price of the car before it comes down.
Thanks to all those who are willing to buy a fantastic car like the Tesla. I am still enjoying my Volt.

Ed, I agree completely. I can’t afford a Tesla, but someday they will be cheaper because of those willing to pay a premium to be early adopters. I am really appreciative of those that have done so. In the mean time, I spent the $5k that a deposit would have cost on TSLA stock – maybe one day that will grow to the point where it can cover the cost of a car 🙂


Poor Vauxhall, know they have a less than stella reputation, but Vauxhell might be pushing it! (Opel/Vauxhell in categories at top of this site) 🙂

I confess I had a gaffa at your comment. What is even more surprising is how long that has been up there in the menu unnoticed.


According to Tesla website, the 40 kWh does 160 miles and not 60 miles as said in the article.


MOD EDIT: Thanks Mikael, the ‘1’ key on all our keyboards must have been malfunctioning. Ha!
As FYI to the readers: The federal rebate is included in the graphic from Tesla

Yes he must have meant 160, but don’t expect the 40kWh pack to actually go 160 miles per charge. Expect the EPA rating to be about 125 based on the rating for the 85kWh pack recently announced. The 85 kWh will have an EPA rating of 265 miles or 3.12 mi/kWh. I’m guessing the 60 kWh pack will have an EPA rating of 190mi and the 40kWh pack a 125mi rating. These probably won’t be announced till the fall though, right before Tesla begins delivering them.

Tesla just excites me every which way from Sunday — That said, I’m crossing my fingers that their supersonic development-to-market time doesn’t come back to kick ’em in the pants. I hope we don’t see headline inducing mechanical failures ala: Fisker.

We all know the EPA will be the first blow as they will downrate all of Tesla’s optimistic mileage ratings for the various Model S’s. Tesla’s 300 mile range top model has already been EPA 2-stage tested at around 244 miles AER. Tesla’s PR reports the 85 Kwh could do 320, 350 or statistically up to 400 miles. All this flys away when the EPA officially rates each model, and if history repeats – these numbers will make Fisker-esque headlines worldwide as “disappointing”.

Hopefully sales numbers, road tests and giddy reviews from owners will counterbalance the assault.

James, the 85kWh model S achieved a 320milerange on the 2 cycle test, but they don’t use that for the EPA official number anymore, they use the 5 cycle test. On which the 85kWh Model S achieved a 265 mile range, so 265 miles per charge is what will be on the window sticker.
I have an ActiveE and it scored a 94mile range on the EPA 5 cycle test and managed about 140 miles per charge using the 2 cycle test. I’ve driven it 5 months and about 13,000 miles now and I can say with confidence the 140 mile range it achieved on the 2 cycle test is fantasy. The official EPA rating of 94 miles per charge is actually dead on as I usually get between 80 and 110 miles per charge depending on how I drive. My experience shows the 5 cycle test is a very good indicator of what to really expect in an EV.

Tom, thanks for the update/correction.

Looks like I was quoting the first 2 schedule EPA test for the Tesla Roadster, not the Model S! The EPA 5 schedule test of Model S was indeed 265 miles AER, I stand corrected. Maybe my brain was calculating my cost of filling up my pickup truck this morning, instead!

Elon rocks. So far he has outlasted his critics and EV detractors. Seriously, this guy is Iron Man as he wows the world with his Dragon docking up with the Int’l Space Station! If anyone can outshine the EPA numbers that will ultimately be lower than Tesla’s estimates, Elon can.

Looking forward to an ActiveE review from you on here soon!