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Tesla launches two new entry-level Model S sedans

By Shawn Knight
Jun 9, 2016
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  1. Tesla initially offered its Model S in three different configurations – the 40, 60 and 85 – with the numbers signifying the size of the battery pack in kilowatt-hours. All three of these variants have since been discontinued, replaced with models featuring both smaller (75 kWh) and larger (90 kWh) packs… that is, until today.

    Tesla on Thursday (re)introduced two new lower-cost versions of its sedan, the Model S 60 and 60D, with pricing starting at $66,000 and $71,000, respectively. The new Model S 60 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph and a range of 210 miles. The all-wheel drive Model S 60D, meanwhile, can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds with a range of 218 miles.

    The Verge notes that both new models will ship with the hardware for Tesla’s self-driving technology although buyers will have to pay a fee to unlock it. What’s more, both of the new vehicles are actually equipped with 75 kWh batteries but their capacity has been limited via software. That may seem silly but from a manufacturing point of view, it apparently makes more sense to manufacture larger batteries that can be used in multiple models. The additional capacity can be unlocked, again, for a fee.

    In April, Tesla refreshed the Model S line with updates such as a new front grille, new LED headlights and faster charging capabilities. The Model S also received the same air filtration system found on the Model X which Tesla claims would be effective against biological weapons.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    Is it just me or these Tesla PR-s start sounding more and more like Apple?

    It is ok reducing the power output for the 0-62 sprint time, but it is not ok reducing the range, on these type of vehicles.

    That's like trying to sell a new adapter for your old adapter, is what I meant there.
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +774

    He just doesn't get it. If he would develop a car that could sell in the $30-40K range, he would be swamped. Most cannot afford, and the intelligent one's are not going to sink $70K+ into a depreciating asset. He's already broken most of the engineering barriers with only battery life being the significant one that is left. A once boy genius now appears to be more self-absorbed in his image (as he sees it) and a lot less in doing incredible things that will make a real name for himself. Were he anything like the name sake of his car company, he could rock the world.
     
  4. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +273

    Really? Tesla can 'afford' to put the same high capacity battery in all models but will sell you one that is locked by software to a lower capacity? That is the dumbest crap I've heard in a while... Why even tell us that? Why screw with your customers? These cars are already out of the reach of the majority due to higher prices so just make them all the same size and say that is what you get, sorry you can't afford it.
     
  5. risc32

    risc32 TS Booster Posts: 195   +87

    So DLCs for cars? Microtransactions for certain driving behaviors?
     
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  6. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Addict Posts: 218   +92

    Uhhh, they are? The Model 3 is going to be $35k. Fits right in the middle of your wanted range. Maybe do a little research on the company you are trashing.
     
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  7. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Booster Posts: 187   +88

    There are people who should just build their own car. It seems there are posters here at techspot who always complain as if they can get the best model for the price of a base corolla. I see at this price is is already a great deal considering this is the future of cars. Get out in front of the computer and shop cars around the neighborhood. Compare the technological advancement included in this car to current cars at this price.
     
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  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,555   +861

    Especially since it'll be even less in some counties (us included) after tax
    Credits
     
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    Tesla's definition of "entry level" is vastly different to mine.
     
  10. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Addict Posts: 218   +92

    This technology is still fairly new.
     

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