After Tesla recently discontinued the 75 kWh versions of Models S and X, some speculated that it was a precursor to replacing the battery pack used in those models with a redesigned pack based on the newer 2170 cells used in Model 3.
However, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards for the moment – instead, the California carmaker has revised its lineup of S and X variants, reintroducing the option to buy a battery pack with software-limited range and unbundling Ludicrous Mode from the Performance variant.
The news isn’t as momentous as a battery update would have been (although we’re pretty sure that will happen eventually), but as Electrek pointed out, it’s a good business move. It allows Tesla to streamline production by building only a single (100 kWh) battery pack for Models S and X, and also lets it offer a lower price to buyers who don’t feel the need to have the ultimate in range and performance.
Tesla also lowered the price of the Extended Range (formerly known as 100) variants by $1,000, and dropped the previous numerical naming scheme. Here’s the new lineup:
|Model S||310 miles||4.1 seconds||$85,000|
|Model X||270 miles||4.7 seconds||$88,000|
|Model S Extended Range||335 miles||4.1 seconds||$93,000|
|Model X Extended Range||295 miles||4.7 seconds||$96,000|
|Model S Performance||315 miles||3.0 seconds||$112,000|
|Model X Performance||289 miles||3.5 seconds||$117,000|
|Model S Performance w/Ludicrous Mode||315 miles||2.4 seconds||$132,000|
|Model X Performance w/Ludicrous Mode||289 miles||2.8 seconds||$137,000|
Model S and Model X owners can upgrade to the Extended Range version via an over-the-air update for $8,000.