Tesla Axes Yet Another Base Model S | News | Car and Driver

Tesla has been toying around with its base car offering for some time. Now, with the Model 3 creeping onto the market, Tesla apparently wants to make it clear that the Model 3—and not any version of the Model S—will be the company’s entry-level offering. To that end, Tesla confirmed it is discontinuing the entry-level, rear-wheel-drive Model S 75. The all-wheel-drive Model S 75D lives on. For now. The change means that all Model S sedans are now all-wheel drive.

Tesla had said back in July that it was going to discontinue the rear-wheel-drive Model S 75, although it didn’t specify when that would happen. The Model S 75 had a base price of $69,500, while the AWD 75D starts at $74,500. The discontinued base car had an EPA-rated range of 249 miles to the all-wheel-drive version’s 259.

Moving up from there, Tesla’s Model S 100D has a range of 335 miles, thanks to 100 kWh of battery capacity, and starts at $94,000. The performance-oriented Model S P100D starts at $135,000. Its range is a little lower at 315 miles, but the manufacturer claims it shoots from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

Tesla added the Model S 75 in May 2016 as an upgrade over the Model S 70, which was the same car; but the Model S 75 offered 5 kWh more battery capacity. Incidentally, the Model S 70 replaced the Model S 60, which had 60 kWh of capacity. The Model S 60 was later revived for about a year, and then Tesla ended its run for a second time last spring.

Meanwhile, the newer and much less expensive Model 3 is being rolled out with rear-wheel drive; Tesla says AWD variants will be offered later. The Model 3 has a base price of $36,200 and a starting EPA-estimated range of 220 miles. A Long Range version is rated at 310 miles. Tesla claims to have received more than half a million reservations for the Model 3 but lacks the production capacity to immediately meet the demand. It has stated it intends to ramp up…

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