Just before its official debut in a few short hours, a prototype of the brand new Tesla Model X has been spied testing. What makes this video special is the fact that it shows the advanced falcon doors in action for the first time.
The falcon doors operate in a similar way to traditional gullwing doors but have one key point of difference. They feature an extra hinge halfway up the door which means the angle at which it opens and closes varies. This means it will be possible to open and close with ease in tight parking spaces. The video does show that the driver had to push the door shut but it remains to be seen if that’ll be necessary for the production-spec car.
Performance wise, the range-topping ‘Signature Series’ Model X will be powered by a 90 kWh battery pack combining a 259 hp electric motor for the front wheels and a 503 hp electric motor at the rear. In standard guise, it will hit 96 km/h in just 3.8 seconds as well as a top speed of 250 km/h. When the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade is optioned, that 0-96 km/h sprint time will fall to a blistering 3.2 seconds with the quarter mile passing in just 11.7 seconds.
Also found on the Model X Signature Series is an Autopilot self-parking system and heated and cooled leather seats. It will start from $132,000.