Last October, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk unveiled "The D" -- a performance package for the company's Model S sedan. As of this morning, Green Car Reports says that a $75,000 D-enhanced version of the Model S has officially become Tesla's entry-level car.
You might not think that "$75,000" and "entry-level" belong in the same sentence, but for electric car fans with the necessary cash, it's actually a pretty good deal -- and a pretty smart move for Tesla.
The base Model S 60 was already priced around $70,000, and it wasn't an especially strong seller. Though its 208-mile range was impressive compared to most electric cars, the majority of Tesla shoppers opted to shell out for pricier models, which come with added range.
For the extra $5,000, owners now get the D performance package, which adds a motor to power the car's front wheels, allowing the Model S 70D to slip from rear-wheel-drive to all-wheel-drive in the blink of an eye. That improves efficiency and range, giving the sedan an EPA-rated range of 240 miles (though the Tesla blog claims 250). It also whittles away at the car's 0-60 time, which now rests at 5.2 seconds.
Those improvements alone are worth the price jump. Shoppers who bought the outgoing S 60 could add the D package to their car, but it raised the total price above the $75,000 mark.
And just for kicks, in announcing the Model S 70D, Tesla also revealed three new paint colors: Warm Silver, Ocean Blue, and Obsidian Black.
For many more details, read the full story at Green Car Reports.