Tesla Model S and Model X gets cheaper by $8,000 in newest version

Tesla has dropped the “100D” and “P100D” badging on its flagship Model S and Model X vehicles, following suit to naming conventions used by its younger sibling, the Model 3.

Model S and Model X that were previously sold under the 100D label will now be sold as “Extended Range” vehicles, while Tesla’s top-of-the-line P100D variants will now be branded as Model S Performance and Model X Performance. The name change essentially drops all references to the vehicle’s battery capacity.

In addition, Tesla is offering a more affordable version of the flagship all-electric sedan and SUV, known simply as “Model S” and “Model X”, respectively. Model S will have a starting price of $85,000 and a range of 310 miles, while Model X will be priced at $88,000 and have a range of 270 miles. Both versions will offer the same 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds performance as the Extended Range versions but priced at $8,000 lower.

Tesla updated its online configurator for both Model S and Model X on Tuesday afternoon with the newly labeled versions. Immediately noticeable is the removal of the 100D and P100D options. Though the iconic “P100D” badging will be sorely missed by early adopters and enthusiasts alike, Tesla’s transition to focus on vehicle range rather than battery capacity is viewed as a more intuitive measurement to most people than the kilowatt-hour unit of measure.

The rebranding of Model S and Model X by Tesla is a move that doesn’t come as too big of a surprise, considering the naming convention was first introduced in 2017 for Model 3.

Tesla’s new Model S and Model X lineup are as follows:

Model S and Model X
(new introduction; upgradable to Extended Range after purchase via over-the-air software update)

Model S – Price: $85,000; Range: 310-miles; 0-60mph: 4.1 sec.
Model X – Price: $88,000; Range: 270-miles; 0-60mph: 4.7 sec.

Model S and X Extended Range
(formerly 100D)

Model S Extended Range – Price: $93,000; Range: 335-miles; 0-60mph: 4.1 sec.
Model X Extended Range – Price: $96,000; Range: 295-miles; 0-60mph: 4.7 sec.

Model S and X Performance
(formerly P100D; Ludicrous Mode performance upgrade available after purchase via over-the-air software update)

Model S Performance – Price: $112,000; Range: 315-miles; 0-60mph: 3.0 sec.
Model X Performance – Price: $117,000; Range: 289-miles; 0-60mph: 3.5 sec.

Model S and  X Performance w/ Ludicrous Mode
(formerly P100D with Ludicrous Mode)

Model S Performance w/ Ludicrous Mode – Price: $132,000; Range: 315-miles; 0-60mph: 2.4 sec.
Model X Performance w/ Ludicrous Mode – Price: $137,000; Range: 289-miles; 0-60mph: 2.8 sec.

The ability for Model S and Model X owners to “unlock” their battery for more driving range through an over-the-air upgrade is an offering unique to Tesla. Not only does it lower the price barrier for entry, but it also provides owners with a hassle-free and pressure-free experience to upgrade as needed.

From a manufacturing standpoint, having a single battery pack for Model S/X and Model S/X Extended Range also streamlines the production process, thereby increasing vehicle production efficiency.

Apart from being able to wirelessly upgrade vehicles with additional battery capacity, which has proven valuable in many situations involving disaster relief, Tesla also offers drivers free Autopilot trialsthrough over-the-air updates.

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