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Tesla reveals the Model S 70D

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Tesla reveals the Model S 70D

2015 Tesla Model S

2015 Tesla Model S (Credit: Tesla )

It looks as if Elon Musk and Tesla are set to give us a little more D, as the electric automaker debuted its new entry-level D model, the Model S 70D. This model takes the place of the old Model S 60 kWh, which if you remember Tesla initially slated to have the D dual-motor all-wheel-drive system, but it never made it to market.

Powering the newest addition to the Model S family is a 329-horsepower dual-motor powertrain with a 70 kWh battery feeding the motors their juice. Despite the extra juice and motor, the 70D is down 51 horsepower when compared to the 60 kWh model it replaced. However, thanks to the all-wheel-drive system, this bad-boy hits 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, which is 0.7 seconds quicker to than the model it replaces. The 70D’s top speed checks in at 140 mph.

The EPA-estimated range of the Model S 70D is 240 miles, which is 32 miles higher than the outgoing 60 kWh model. Additionally, the 70D adds in a few creature comforts that the 60 kWh model didn’t come standard with, like navigation, a blind-spot monitor, and keyless entry. Owners of the 70D also get to use Tesla’s network of Superchargers at no cost, whereas owners of the 60 kWh had to pay $2,000 for the ability to use this system.

All of this comes in at decent starting price of $75,000, which is $5,100 more than the 60 kWh model’s base price. After the federal tax credit and the $1,200 destination charge, you’ll be looking at a total price of $68,700.

The Model S 70D is available immediately.

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