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Car and Driver: Tesla’s “New” Model S 60 to Replace Model S 70 That Replaced Model S 60


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2017 Tesla Model S P90D


As the saying goes, another day, another Model S variant! Tesla has announced yet another deck-shuffling at the bottom end of the Model S range, with the reintroduction of the Model S 60. Last year, the automaker replaced the base Model S 60—that’d be the model with the 60-kWh battery pack—with the 70 and all-wheel-drive 70D with, you guessed it, a higher 70-kWh battery capacity. Then recently, Tesla revealed that owners of 70 models had actually been sitting on 75-kWh batteries and could unlock the extra 5-kWh of battery capacity via an over-the-air update and a few thousand bucks. Surprise! But forget all that—it’s 60 time again!


Compared to the 70 and the 70D, the 60 and 60D are, predictably, slightly down on total driving range. The rear-drive 60, for example, can muster 210 miles of range (per EPA figures), while the all-wheel-drive 60D can go 218 miles per charge. Those figures are 24 miles and 22 miles lower than equivalent 70 models. On the upside, the base 60 now costs $67,200 (adding all-wheel drive for 60D status adds $5000), which is less than the original Model S 60, as well as the 70 it replaces.


You want another surprise? Well, it may not come as much of a shock, but just as every Model S 70 secretly came with a 75-kWh battery pack, so, too, does the 2017 Model S 60. Buyers may unlock the extra 15 kWh of capacity when ordering their 60 or all-wheel-drive 60D new—in which case the upgrade costs $8500—or sometime later on, after taking delivery, with a $9000 over-the-air update downloaded via the car’s internet connection. The extra juice ups the 60’s driving range to 249 miles and the 60D’s range to 259 miles. Those upgrade prices are nearly three times as expensive as the 5-kWh bump for 70 models, but then customers are also gaining three times the extra capacity.


And with that, we’ll watch for Tesla to redo its entry-level Model S variant yet again in the coming months.


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