Tesla Dropping Cheapest Model S, the 75 RWD

With the Model 3’s arrival for retail customers imminent, Tesla is dropping the cheapest version of the Model S.

That’s the rear-wheel drive Model S 75. At $69,500, it is currently the lowest-priced version of the four-door electric sedan. It is also the only rear-drive version of the Model S. The entry-level Model S is now the 75D, the dual motor all-wheel drive version that starts at $74,500.

The change increases the price gap between the S and the 3. The Model 3 starts from $35,000, but expected options like the dual motor system, larger batteries, and other possible upgrades like Enhanced Autopilot or a Premium Package like the one on the Model S could bridge the gap quickly.

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Both the 75 and the 75D use a 75 kilowatt-hour battery, but the dual motor system of the 75D gives an extra 10 miles of range, boosting the total to 259 miles. The 75D also accelerates 0.1 seconds quicker to 60 miles per hour at 4.2 seconds. The Model S 75 was just added to the Tesla lineup in 2016. It replaced the previous entry-level model, the 60 kWh version.

Tesla confirmed to Electrek that the company’s plan was to drop the Model S 75 by the end of the year, but didn’t give a firm date for the change.

The Model 3 is expected to get a dual motor option, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the early cars will be rear-drive only. Learning from previous launches, Tesla is keeping the Model 3’s options list short while the company ramps up production. More options will arrive later, once production is running smoothly.


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