TESLA has made entry to its all-electric club a smidge more affordable with the reintroduction of its Model S 60 priced from around $110,000 drive away.
It's still no small amount, but is around $20,000 less than the current entry-point Model S 70. Tesla's website says you can place your order now with a $3000 payment, with delivery set for October.
The website also no longer has an option to purchase the Model S 70 or 70D, so we can assume this version has been wholly replaced by the Model S 60 and 60D.
Tesla promises the fully electric Model S 60 delivers 400 kilometres of range, a top speed of 210kmh and a decent enough 0-100kmh time of 5.8-seconds. For an extra $7500 you can buy the 60D with an extra motor for the front axle giving all-wheel-drive, a 408 kilometre range and quicker sprint of 5.4-seconds to 100kmh. Not quite the headline figures of the ultimate Model S - the P90D - where with Ludicrous Speed Upgrade you hit 100kmh in three seconds flat and score a range of over 500 kilometres. These do cost well over $200,000 however.
Range anxiety sufferers can pay an extra $12,800 to upgrade the Model S 60's 60kWh battery to a 75kWh unit, giving a 19% greater range to 480km.
Standard equipment includes active safety features, Autopilot hardware, regular over-the-air updates, free long distance travel on Tesla's expanding Supercharger network, a four-year 80,000km warranty and eight-year infinite kilometre battery and drive unit warranty.
While still a compelling offering, the Model S's six-figure purchase price means its still not really an electric car for the people. The recently revealed Model 3, which Tesla says it will start delivering to US customers in late 2017 for a $35,000USD starting price, looks set to fill that void to some extent. That's if Tesla can meet the huge demand seen for this proposed all-electric cheapie.
The Model S is currently the only Tesla you'll see in Australia, and while the Amercian company doesn't reveal its Australian sales figures, they are being spotted far more regularly on our roads, especially in urban centres.
The Model X seven-seat SUV is still yet to arrive here, with Tesla's website stating any orders placed now for the Model X are estimated to be delivered in the early half of 2017.
Tesla's current Australian lineup
Model S 60: 235kW/440Nm, 400km range, $111,236 (drive away QLD)
Model S 60D: 245kW/525Nm, 408km range, $121,180 (drive away QLD)
Model S 90D: 311kW/660Nm, 557km range, $157,513 (drive away QLD)
Model S P90D: 346kW/967Nm (397kW with Ludicrous), 509km range, $197,425 (drive away QLD)
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