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Tesla Model S 60 entry variant on sale in Australia from $100,800

Tesla has just unveiled two new Model S variants, responding to public demand to make the electric sedan more affordable.

2017 Tesla Model S

Introducing the all-new Model S 60 and 60D, priced from $100,800 and 108,300, respectively (plus on-road costs), the new variants are powered by a 60kWh battery pack. The Model S 60 transfers its power to the rear wheels, offering a 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 210km/h. It has an NEDC-tested range of 400km.

The all-wheel-drive 60D variant receives the same battery pack but provides a slightly faster 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds, with an identical top speed and a 408km range. The 60 and 60D are also available with a 75kWh battery pack boost, increasing the range to 480km and 490km, respectively.

The recent raft of upgrades to the Model S’ grille, LED headlights, air filter and increased charging abilities will all be included on the new 60 and 60D models. Owners are also treated to free software updates, and a four-year/80,000 km warranty on the car, and eight-year/infinite-km battery and drive unit warranty.

Tesla says that factoring in the reduced need for maintenance in their cars, plus the annual ownership and fuel savings of between $1000-1500, adds to the car’s appeal. Tesla says with the available government incentives, the cost of the new Model S is around $94,100.

You can check out our Tesla Model S P90D review here for more info on the Model S

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.