If you have your heart set on an affordable Tesla, but don’t have the patience to wait for the release of the Tesla Model 3, a new entry-level variant of the evergreen Model S sedan was just revealed.
In reality, this isn’t really a new model. The 60-kWh variant of the Model S was discontinued last year, but has now re-emerged wearing a similar price tag and the visual updates introduced earlier this year.
Tesla claims the new base Model S will return 210 miles of range, and scuttle to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, silently rushing to a top speed of 130 mph. If all-wheel drive is a priority, buyers can opt for the dual-motor option, which Tesla says “will bring even more range and performance.”
Prices for the “new” Model S 60 begin at $66,000 for the rear-wheel drive model, and $71,000 for the dual-motor configuration. One interesting point to note, however, is if customers decide they need more range and power, Tesla will upgrade their 60-kWh battery pack to the 75-kWh specifications. Essentially, the only thing separating the Model S 60 from the 75-kWh is a fancy set of programs that limits battery output.