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Mike Stevens | Nov 5, 2012

Tesla's new Model S electric sedan is on its way to the European market, and an Australian debut is set for early next year.

“Our goal has always been to build the best car in the world and set new standards for safety, range, design and performance," Tesla boss Elon Musk said.

"We have achieved this with Model S in North America and now it's time to introduce the extraordinary Model S driving experience to Europe.”

Local pricing and specifications for the Model S are still to be confirmed, although Tesla Australia's Jay McCormack has confirmed an early 2013 launch, with deliveries to begin mid-year.

The news of the new luxury performance sedan's international rollout follows its North American launch earlier this year, three years on from its unveiling as a concept.

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Internationally, the all-electric Model S is offered in three grades: the base Model S with a 40kWh battery pack, a mid-grade model with a 60kWh battery and finally the flagship with a 85kWh battery.

The entry-grade car has a maximum range of 250km and reaches 96km/h (60mph) in 6.5 seconds, while the mid-spec Model S can travel for 368km and hit triple-digit speeds in a little over 5.9 seconds.

The high-grade model gets to 96km/h in just 4.6 seconds, and can travel for an impressive 480km before needing a recharge.

A high-performance variant will also be offered, delivering a 0-96km/h time of 4.4 seconds.

“That’s quicker than a 911. Not bad for an electric luxury sedan," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the unveiling of the Model S last year.

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