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Leccy Tech Tesla has published some glossy shots of its upcoming Model S saloon caressing the tarmac.

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Tesla's Chief Designer tearing up the tarmac

The images are the first of the Model S to have been shot at speed and in natural light, circumstances that certainly seem to suit the car's aesthetics.

The lucky so-and-so behind the wheel, we should point out, is none other than Tesla's Chief Designer - Franz Von Holzhausen.

Tesla’s Model S snaps also stick two fingers up at fellow California-based e-car firm Fisker, which recently put its leccy four-door Karma through its paces at the the infamous Laguna Seca race circuit.

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Model S production will start in late 2011

Despite the fact that Tesla still needs to build a Model S production factory, the firm’s planning to have the car in production by the end of 2011.

For a starting price of $57,400 (£34,700/€40,300), buyers will get the basic Model S and a battery pack capable of carrying you for 160 miles. More capable battery packs will be available, Tesla said, increasing that range to either 230 or 300 miles.

The basic Model S will have a top speed limited to 130mph and should be capable of achieving 0-60mph in under six seconds.

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A sporty Model S will also be made

Tesla also plans to make a sport version of the car that will be capable of getting to 60mph in “well below” five seconds. ®

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