Tesla’s Electrorocket

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Tesla Motors has unveiled an all-wheel-drive (AWD) version of its Model S sedan, returning staggering performance from the all-electric drive train.

The Model S is a rear-wheel-drive car, which has hurt sales in snowier European and American climates. The new ‘D’ variant from Tesla adds a second motor to power the front wheels that produces acceleration figures of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, absolutely in supercar territory.

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The new AWD version has a top speed of around 250 kph, compared with 210 kph for the current version. Elon Musk described the modes available with the car as luxury, sport and “insane.”

Paint us keen.

There are new autonomous features that can detect red lights, stop signs and pedestrians so it can stop accordingly. The radar that detects it can work through fog, rain and snow between speeds of 8 kph and 240 kph, though what is the driver doing at 240 kph in poor visibility!

Another autonomous feature is Self-Park allowing you to step out of the car when you get home and it will park itself in the garage on its own. It can also connect to your digital calendar and be waiting for you when it knows it is needed.

Though already breaking cover with this variant, dates of availability and the price have not been revealed.