Tesla Introduces $5,500 Cheaper Model S 60 and 60D

The least expensive Tesla Model S will now start at $67,200 including $1,200 destination and doc fee.

Announced today and with first deliveries slated for July, Tesla is bringing back a 60-kWh specification to its S in the form of the rear-wheel-drive 60 model and all-wheel-drive 60D for $72,200 including fees, in an effort to satisfy requests for a lower price point, says Tesla.

Actually, these new trim levels will come with a range-limited 75-kWh battery pack, and Tesla says it will offer owners more range for $9,000 plus a $500 service fee.

More recently, the Model S came with a 70-kWh base level – which had been introduced April 2015 to replace the former 60-kWh model which did have an actual 60-kWh pack. The 70 and 70D have now been dropped from Tesla’s online ordering page in the latest shuffling of the spec sheet for a car that can range up to 90-kWh and be configured so widely as to virtually constitute a range of models.

When it was first introduced in 2012, along with the 60-kWh battery option, Tesla also planned a 40-kWh version to start at $57,400 including fees and before federal tax credit. That model was canceled after only 4,000 or so pre-orders prompted Tesla to cut it and offer a range-limited version with a 60-kWh pack.

Tesla has also recently undergone an aesthetic refresh to the same underlying chassis and car, and it has managed to keep customers interested in it well-reviewed model via a strategy of shifting configurations, and options, and issuing over-the-air updates.

With the introduction in the past couple years of all-wheel drive, more power, Autopilot, and more, the already pricey car could fetch between the mid $70,000s to over $150,000 – far above a “$50,000″ price it once teased for a car that could be as much as “300 miles” range in an early pre-production press release.

As it is, the new Model S 60 is to be rated with 210 miles range, with top speed of 130 mph. Its 0-to-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds is plenty zippy, if not threatening superbikes as can a Ludicrous mode P90D rated at 2.8 seconds.

Tesla did not release stats for the 60D, however, so range and speed remain to be seen, and it otherwise touts the value represented for its new trims.

“Keep in mind that when comparing the price of any electric vehicle to an internal combustion vehicle, it’s important to compare not just the out-of-pocket price, but also the effective cost of ownership,” said Tesla. “Factoring in annual fuel savings which typically ranges between $1,000 and $1,500, as well as available tax incentives, the effective cost of owning Model S 60 comes to about $50k.”