Sunday, September 20, 2015
How Much Does a Tesla Actually Cost?
Here’s a question: how much does the all-electric
Tesla actually cost? As the EV brand continues to grow, that question becomes more difficult to answer. Tesla makes five different trim levels of its Mosel S sedan. It is also going to introduce an SUV in early 2016.
Add to that a certified pre-owned program and it is difficult to pin down how much a Tesla costs. But we will try anyway.
The base model in the Tesla lineup is the Model S 70 sedan with rear wheel drive. It has a 70 kWh battery with 230 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds. The rear-wheel drive vehicle has a starting price of $70,000. The all-wheel drive Model S 70D has a starting price of $75,000. All pricing is current as of September 2015.
The next model up in the lineup is the Model S 85. It is also rear-wheel drive but is powered by an 85kWh battery and has 265 mile of range. Its starting price is $80,000 (which basically means you’re paying $10,000 more to 35 miles further and one-tenth of a second faster from 0-60). The Model S 85D, which has all-wheel drive, costs$85,000
The Tesla Model S P85D is the penultimate performance car of the lineup. This sports sedan has a starting price of $105,000 but it does 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. Yet it still manages to get 253 miles of range. Presumably that’s not when you’re blasting to 60 mph as fast a 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus.
Then there’s the Tesla Model S P90D, which is its ultimate performance car. It has a sticker price of $119,200. That takes the base price of the Tesla Model S P85D and adds $3,000 for the 90 kWh battery and $10,000 for the ludicrous mode that rockets you to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Compare that to a Lamborghini Aventador.
No pricing is official yet for the Tesla Model X but some reports say it will mirror the Model S lineup. The 7-passenger SUV will come standard with all-wheel drive. Expect to pay anywhere from $70,000 to $120,000 depending on how it is equipped.
The cost of a certified pre-owned Tesla is going to vary widely as with new models because of the variety offered. The Tesla website has a substantial inventory to offer with prices ranging from $61,200 up to $104,570.
Teslas hold a substantial amount of value, even used. The site also has information on incentives available for certain certified pre-owned Teslas.