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Tuned Tesla Model S Bound for Germany


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Just the Facts:
  • The Tesla Model S will get free optional high-speed tuning to better compete against its rivals on the German autobahn.
  • The custom tuning will be available to all customers in Germany, including retrofitting Model S cars that have already been delivered and are on the road.
  • The action helps the Model S compete with Porsches, BMWs and Audis.

BERLIN — The Tesla Model S will get free optional high-speed tuning to better compete against its rivals on the German autobahn, the electric-car maker announced on Wednesday.

The custom tuning will be available to all customers in Germany, including retrofitting Model S cars that have already been delivered and are on the road.

The action helps the Model S compete with Porsches, BMWs and Audis.

Tesla did not specify how it would handle the high-speed tuning, how fast the Model S would go or what kind of range it will have. Electric cars typically lose range at high speeds. The top speed of the Model S is limited to around 130 mph, depending on models and options.

"Model S was built to be the best car in any country in the world, and in Germany this requires the highest caliber performance on the autobahn," said Tesla in a statement.

The automaker also announced an "accelerated development" of its Supercharger network in Germany. By the end of March 2014, Tesla said more than 50 percent of Germany will be covered by the Supercharger network. The superchargers there will have a capacity of 135kw, up from the U.S. capacity of 120 kw.

"By the end of 2014, Germany will have more Superchargers per capita than any other country," Tesla said.

Tesla will also expand the number of its service centers in Germany. Five more service centers will open in Germany by the end of 2013.

Edmunds says: Tesla is on a global march, and how well the Model S is received in Germany is critical to its success.

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