Norfolk-based coachbuilders Qwest have completed and unveiled the first production-ready Tesla Model S estate car in the world.
Tesla has left a noticeable gap in their lineup over their years of mass-production; they have never had an estate car. There's no denying estates are a dying breed, but it's still unusual to ignore the category altogether. What makes this particular Model S Estate special, though?
First and foremost, this is the only Tesla Model S Estate in the world of its kind, built by Qwest. It is unclear as of yet whether Qwest plans to build more, but given how it's 'production ready', it sounds like it would be possible if the demand meets the supply.
Carbon fibre was used to create the custom roof and rear for this Tesla P90D. The upshot of this is impressive rigidity, and, perhaps even more amazingly, this estate is actually 12kg lighter than the outgoing saloon model. So, unlike other estate models, you likely won't be paying a dynamics penalty with this car. Qwest claim their carbon fibre is made "at a specialist carbon fibre producer who traditionally produce F1 components for leading teams." Now that's some pedigree.
You can get up close and personal with this special coach-built Tesla at the London Motor Show, which is held at the ExCel Arena on the 17th-20th May. British coachbuilding isn't quite dead just yet...