Want to race through a decimated cityscape, Mad Max-style, in your shiny Tesla without fear of being infected by the weaponized virus that has killed off all your friends? You will be able to with the help of Tesla's Model X, officially unveiled this week, complete with bioweapon filtration. Yes, at the press of a button you can turn on an air filter that is ten times the size of a typical car air filter and that is 800 times better at filtering viruses. It is also, as The Verge reports, "300 times better at filtering bacteria, 500 times better at filtering allergens, [and] 700 times better at filtering smog."
It is, in fact, called the "Bioweapon Defense Button," and as Elon Musk explained to a chuckling audience at the unveiling on Tuesday, "This is a real button." And, mostly joking, Musk said, "We’re trying to be a leader in apocalyptic defense scenarios."
The Model X sports SUV, the electric car company's third model to date, has been much blogged and speculated about among tech geeks for several years now via peeks at concept versions, and it was spotted in testing in Alameda back in February. The car has been in production at the company's Fremont, California facility and goes on sale to consumers this week for $144,000, per the BBC.
As expected, the new model has "falcon-wing" style doors for the rear seats that hinge as they raise to make them easier to open in tight spaces and the only utilitarian reason for these given in the video below is that you can stand up in the backseat to install a car seat. There is also a cool wrap over windshield, the largest of any car, that allows you to look straight up at the sky from the driver's seat without any obstruction or sun roof.
The Model X is described by The Verge's Chris Ziegler as "a Model S in different clothes," with the same "Ludicrous Mode" speed option, making it probably the only SUV on the road that goes "as fast as a Porsche 911 Turbo."
It's also the only SUV that will save you from the zombie apocalypse, so long as the battery holds out until you escape the infected area.