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514-HP, Dual-Motor Tesla Model S 70D Replaces Base 60-kWh Car

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/8/2015 Alex Nishimoto

Tesla has announced that it's dropping the base Model S with the 60-kWh battery pack. Taking its place will be a new 70D model with a 70-kWh battery. Just as it does in the 85D and P85D, the "D" in 70D stands for dual-motor, meaning all-wheel drive will now be standard on the base Model S.

514-HP, Dual-Motor Tesla Model S 70D Replaces Base 60-kWh Car

That added feature, of course, comes at a cost. The 70D will start at $75,000, or $3930 more than the outgoing 60 model. That extra cash gets you a larger 70-kWh battery pack, the aforementioned dual-motor all-wheel drive, and several other goodies. The price bump also comes with a sizable bump in power. The Model S 70D will produce 514 hp, up from 380 hp in the single-motor, rear-drive Model S 60. Tesla says the new car will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and have a top speed of 140 mph. Range also increases from an EPA-rated 208 miles to 240 miles with the bigger battery pack.

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© Provided by MotorTrend In addition, the 70D will receive navigation as standard, and will also be Supercharger-ready. Supercharger capability was previously a $2000 standalone option for the Model S 60. A Tesla rep told us that the new model is a response to the strong demand for the dual-motor 85D and P85D sedans, which have had a high take rate since launch. With the introduction of the 70D, the only rear-drive Model S offered is the 85-kWh battery pack version. Recent Tesla Model S 60 buyers will have a limited window to change their order to the new 70D spec, but 60 models that are near completion will be shipped as is.

UPDATE:Tesla's consumer site lists the 70D's horsepower rating as 329 hp. A Tesla rep had this to say about the discrepancy: "Total motor power is 514 hp (split evenly between each motor) but, for consistency's sake, [we] have wheels-to-ground hp (329 hp) listed on the website instead of wheels-to-motor." The rep tells us both numbers are technically correct, and that the 514-hp figure correlates to the 691-hp rating for the P85D. However, we learned that the batteries and control electronics don't ever actually send quite that much power to the wheels.

The Tesla Model S 70D is shown above; the Model S P85D is pictured below.

Source: Tesla

2015 Tesla Model S 70 D Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Tesla Model S 70 D Front Three Quarter
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