Tesla launches two new entry-level Model S sedans

Shawn Knight

Posts: 12,297   +120
Staff member

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.

Permalink to story.

 

VitalyT

Posts: 4,963   +3,807
TechSpot Elite
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.
 

Uncle Al

Posts: 7,078   +5,438
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.
 

IAMTHESTIG

Posts: 1,868   +900
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.
 

Axiarus

Posts: 518   +319
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.
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.
 

Kenrick

Posts: 631   +401
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: H3llion

ikesmasher

Posts: 3,051   +1,373
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.
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.
Especially since it'll be even less in some counties (us included) after tax
Credits