Tesla close to selling out of Model S Signature Edition

December 21, 2011

Tesla hasn’t even made them available to customers yet, but the electric carmaker is almost out of the most elite version of its already-elite sedan– the Model S Signature Edition.

A spokesman says that the company is “pretty close to selling out” on the Signature Edition, on which it has said it will only take 1,000 orders. The company declined to say how close it was to that limit, but the spokesman said he expected that the release of its pricing and options packages yesterday would spur more customers to choose the Signature.

Tesla said the Model S would start at $49,900 after a $7,500 tax break. But at that price, customers will have to wait until the end of next year before dazzling onlookers with their new wheels.

Availability comes faster for customers who opt for higher-end vehicles like the Signature Edition, with a post-tax rebate base price starting at $87,900, and the Performance edition, at $79,900. Those come with 85 kilowatt hour batteries– meaning they can go up to 300 miles on a charge– and start delivery in the summer.

The company’s Tesla Roadster, which hit highways in 2007, had a 100-vehicle Signature edition. It sold out in three weeks.

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