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Tesla’s Model X Is The Car For The Apocalypse

Falcon Wing rear doors.

Seven seats.

A Ludicrous Speed Upgrade, notching acceleration to 0-60 in 3.2 seconds.

Bio-defense mode.

No, they're not a kit list for Batman's new people carrier. These are all features you can find on the new Tesla Model X. Which looks like this.

The electric car company's first SUV (that's 'sports utility vehicle', or 'waste of space' for European readers), the Model X is aimed squarely at the pricey end of the family car market. The top-of-the-range model, with the superb 'Ludicrous Speed' upgrade, will shift you to motorway speeds in under five seconds - barely making a sound in the process.

While the 'Bioweapon defense mode' might sound like a sick joke, Tesla CEO Elon Musk does see the funny side of it. Described as keeping you safe in "an apocalyptic scenario of some kind", the feature alludes to the car's air filtration system, which can be cranked up to provide "hospital-level air quality". By which they mean 'really clean', rather than 'crawling with MRSA'. 

With a range of 250 miles (402km) on a single charge and a top speed of a neat 150mph (250kph, which you'll never legally experience), this is a seriously slick family roadster.

Set to launch in 2017, you can expected prices to start in the region of £87,000.

Best get saving.

(Images: Tesla)

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