[VIDEO] Tesla Model S arrives in Germany image

The very first unit of the Tesla Model S has recently arrived in Germany and a few lucky people have managed to take it for a spin.

After it was launched earlier this year in the United States and after it was also named 2012 Car of the Year by certain publications, the Tesla Model S is getting ready for its European launch, and a first step into this direction has already been taken, with the company announcing that the very first unit of the car has arrived recently in Germany.

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

As a quick reminder, the Tesla Model S has a starting price of 49,900 USD over-seas and the entire production for 2012 has been sold out since earlier this year. Tesla says that an upgrade package, which has been named the Model S Performance, is adding features like the Nappa leather with Alcantara accents in the cabin, carbon fiber accents for the exterior, a high-performance drive inverter, active air suspension with sport-tuned traction control and upgraded wheels and tires. The 60kWh model costs 59,900 USD but for the 85kWh version, 10,000 USD extra will be added. Standard equipment includes a 17-inch touchscreen infotainment and 19-inch alloy wheels.