Everybody in the industry is eagerly waiting for the highly-anticipated launch of Tesla’s Model S, on June 22. Some, apparently, are even more eager than others, as the top-spec Signature Performance model has already been sold out, despite no cars being delivered yet.

According to the Tesla website, they are no longer taking orders for the top-of-the-range version, while the books are still open for the standard car, with the manufacturer still taking €4,020 ($5,000) deposits. To put things into perspective, the Signature Performance variant is considerably more expensive than the base version’s price tag of €46,190 ($57,400). What does considerably more mean? Well, the number is almost double, at €85,000 ($105,400) for a fully-specced Model S, without the €6,050 ($7,500) federal tax credit deducted.

It is clear that Tesla have adopted the very German trait of offering a relatively reasonably priced basic car (which nobody really wants) which is then showered with expensive options to the point where its value is almost triple that of the basic version. Features of the top of the range model include a €3,000 ($3,750) tech package, containing xenon headlights (why are they not standard?), electrochromatic side mirrors, LED foglights, a power liftgate, navigation system, keyless entry, a rear back-up camera and HomeLink. The key option people are looking for (probably) is the improved 85kWh battery pack, which has more than double the capacity of the standard 40kWh pack.

If you want an uprated sound system, why not pay an €765 ($950) for the “Sound Studio” package, or if you feel the car’s ride is not comfy enough for you, there’s a €1,200 ($1,500) air suspension option, priced exactly the same as the optional rear-facing seats.

Update: We have received an update from Tesla stating that "There is still availibility of the Signature edition in Europe and customers are only now starting to specify their preference for their reservation whether that be a Performance edition or not, so we certainly haven't sold out." So, it's not sold out after all.

By Andrei Nedelea