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Inside Tesla's first Australian showroom (pictures)

Tesla is preparing to open its first ever Australian showroom and service centre, located in the heart of Sydney. CNET took a tour to see how the first Model S vehicles were being shown off on Australian soil.

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Outside Tesla's new Sydney showroom

As Tesla Motors prepares to deliver Model S vehicles to a handful of Australian customers, the first Tesla showroom and service centre in the Australian market is preparing to open its doors in the Sydney suburb of St Leonards.

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The foyer

Inside, the distinctive Tesla Motors logo and red feature colour dominate the foyer.

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The showroom

Visitors can take a tour of the showroom and get up close with the Model S, while learning all about the internal workings of the car, as well as the different design details (left) that can be incorporated into the final vehicle.

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Design

A wall at the front of the showroom shows all the different details and finishes that customers can choose for their Model S. Interiors come in piano black as standard, but there are options for carbon fibre and wood detailing, as well as different colours for the exterior paint job.

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Wall art

At the rear of the showroom, Tesla has set aside an area for visitors and prospective buyers, complete with a bit of aspirational wall art.

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The "skateboard"

Tesla's "skateboard" base sets it apart from traditional cars, thanks to its ultra-simple design. The flat base of this skateboard is comprised of 16 battery modules containing  7,000 lithium-ion battery cells, ensuring the Model S has the power to make it between charges.

At the front of the Model S, where one would normally expect to find a traditional motor, this EV features small components that control things such as battery cooling and air conditioning.

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The motor

The motor -- containing only one moving part -- sits at the rear of the Model S and offers 285 kW of power. Tesla also plans to release a dual motor model to the Australian market in Q3, 2015.

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The small details

The Model S features a number of optional design extras, including carbon fibre inlay on the dash and suede seat detail, as well as these signature red break calipers on the P85D Performance model.

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The dash

The dash is distinctive for its full electronic display and a massive screen that shows off all the inner workings of the Model S. Drivers can control the sunroof, music and interior lighting from the display, and a built-in SIM offers 4 years worth of 3G coverage as standard.

There are also options to save the position of the mirrors and seat under a 'driver profile' for the next trip, while suspension settings can be geotagged so the Model S will remember just how steep your driveway is every time.

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Charge!

To ensure you make it to your destination, the Model S allows you to track the juice in the EV's battery and schedule overnight charging to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates.

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Charging up the Model S

The charging port is concealed at the rear of the vehicle. The Model S will ship with a wall-connector for home use, and Tesla promises that "there is a supercharger network coming" for Australia.

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Nothing under the hood

With all the inner workings of the car hidden in the base, popping the hood at the front of the Model S just reveals more storage.

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For the fans

If you're not too fussed about spending upwards of AU$100,000 for the premium Model S, you can spend a little extra to buy additional merchandise to complete the look.

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The key

Doing away with the traditional cut metal key, the Tesla Model S is controlled by a miniature model of the car that also offers keyless entry.

The first "signature" Model S customers will get their hands on one of these at Tesla's gala launch event, held at Sydney's Star Casino.

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