The new Model S 60 is rear-wheel-drive, has a range of 210 miles, and will zip from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Instead of using a 60kWh battery as was done previously, the Model S 60 now uses the same 75kWh battery as the 60D and 70D, but is limited by software programming.
This is a smart move on Tesla’s part, because it means that buyers of the 60 and 60D will have the option to unlock more performance down the road as buyers of the 70D can, all for a mellow $9,000.
The new 60D features all-wheel-drive, which allows it to shave some time off its 0-60 sprint, getting it done in a very respectable 5.2 seconds. Range is 218 miles, and just like the regular 60, it comes equipped with the hardware needed for Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system. But like the extra performance capability, buyers will have to pay extra to enable that function.
Both models get the new front fascia which forgoes a traditional grille, new LED headlights, faster charging, and the gimmicky, but oddly comforting, “Bioweapon Defense Mode” air filtration system which debuted in the Model X. More standard equipment, performance capability that remains damned impressive, and the ability to upgrade key systems at any time, all in a more affordable package.
At worst, Tesla will force larger automakers to think differently about how they manufacture and sell vehicles, and at best—well you’ve seen the P90D right?