Published on April 9th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
Tesla Introduces Dual Motor 70D As Base Model
Tesla has replaced its entry-level Model S, the 60, with the 70D. Keeping to Tesla’s nomenclature, the new car comes with a 70kWh battery pack and two electric motors that power both the front and rear wheels. This shift toward its dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain does mean that the only rear-wheel drive car Tesla sells at the moment is the Model S 85, which sits one tier above this new base level car.
Compared to the outgoing Model S 60, the new S 70D has 134 more horsepower but costs nearly US$4000 more, bring the figures to 514 hp and US$75,000 respectively. The price hike is justified though, considering just how much more extras you get in the 70D.
The extra motor and larger battery don’t just deliver more power, they give owners a lot more kilometres per charge, with the range now being extended to 386 km from the previous 335 limit.
Besides the added efficiency, the aforementioned power does go to good use in the performance department as well, with the 70D being able to sprint to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and hit 225km/h versus the 5.9 second and 190km/h limit on the previous rear-wheel drive car.
The Model S 70D is already available for order and is featured on the company’s website.