Nearly three years after the car was first announced, Tesla’s sales VP George Blankenship confirmed on the company’s blog that the first customers with reservations will get their cars a month from today.
“We are ahead of schedule and can’t wait to put our first Reservation Holders behind the wheel,” Blankenship wrote. “We’ve been looking forward to this day for over three years, and the buzz around the office and the factory is escalating every day.”
If you’re lucky enough to be one of those owners taking delivery on the 22nd, Tesla’s revealed that you’ll be able to use the car’s 17-inch touchscreen to electronically tailor the driving experience with adjustable steering, suspension and regenerative braking. Drivers who want a higher ride height or less regenerative braking can do so, even at the expense of range.
Even if you haven’t set aside $87,500 for one of the first 1,000 85-kWh “Signature” models — an $18,000 premium over the starting price of the regular 85-kWh Model S — you can still join in on the excitement. Tesla is bringing four Model S Beta cars to this weekend’s grand opening of its new retail store in White Plains, New York, and taking a red Model S Beta on a tour of Canada over the next few months.