Tesla has announced that it’s dropping the base Model S with the 60-kWh battery pack. Taking its place will be a new 70D model with a 70-kWh battery. Just as it does in the 85D and P85D, the “D” in 70D stands for dual-motor, meaning all-wheel drive will now be standard on the base Model S.
That added feature, of course, comes at a cost. The 70D will start at $75,000, or $3930 more than the outgoing 60 model. That extra cash gets you a larger 70-kWh battery pack, the aforementioned dual-motor all-wheel drive, and several other goodies. The price bump also comes with a sizable bump in power. The Model S 70D will produce 514 hp, up from 380 hp in the single-motor, rear-drive Model S 60. Tesla says the new car will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and have a top speed of 140 mph. Range also increases from an EPA-rated 208 miles to 240 miles with the bigger battery pack.
In addition, the 70D will receive navigation as standard, and will also be Supercharger-ready. Supercharger capability was previously a $2000 standalone option for the Model S 60. A Tesla rep told us that the new model is a response to the strong demand for the dual-motor 85D and P85D sedans, which have had a high take rate since launch. With the introduction of the 70D, the only rear-drive Model S offered is the 85-kWh battery pack version. Recent Tesla Model S 60 buyers will have a limited window to change their order to the new 70D spec, but 60 models that are near completion will be shipped as is.
The Tesla Model S 70D is shown above; the Model S P85D is pictured below.