Tesla Rearranges Pricing and Trims for the Umpteenth Time, and You'll Pay for It

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
tesla rearranges pricing and trims for the umpteenth time and you ll pay for it

Tesla’s Model S 60 has come and gone only to show up again as the “bargain” Tesla, even though it’s actually just a cheaper Model S 75 with a stingy computer.

Now, inside information suggests it’ll be going up in price even if you decided not to add the company’s cool new transparent roof. With the automaker seemingly hoping to squeeze every last buck out of its lineup, the top-flight versions of both of its models have now been propelled into the pricing stratosphere.

The value of the electric credits Tesla sells has hit a plateau, and with Elon Musk fuming over it, the company may just be looking for a way to make a quick buck without borrowing or holding a stock sale. Electrek broke the news on the price increase after consulting an inside source that had previously given them information on Tesla’s Powerwall charging station.

The everyman Model S 60 that this alleged $2,000 would be tacked onto is essentially the S 75 with a software-restricted battery set to only 60 kilowatt hours. Previously, you could purchase a Model S 75 for $74,500 or the same car with features removed for $66,000 and pay the difference of $8,500 to unlock the battery’s full potential.

There are two ways to look at this: Either consumers are getting a slightly less great deal on what is essentially a higher trim car, or they are being taxed for being too poor to buy the more expensive car from go.

Confusing pricing isn’t all Tesla is working on. The company announced the confirmation of its in-house glass technology group a few days ago, and those folks must be hard at work, given that the Model S design studio has added an full glass roof to the car. The website has it as a $1,500 option and bumped up the panoramic sunroof to $2,000 — $500 more than it used to be.

Having sat under the panoramic sunroof on partly cloudy day, I would urge anyone looking into an entirely glass roof to invest in some kind of retractable sunshade or get extra familiar with the climate function on your phone. Also, consider buying a floppy gardener’s hat to wear around while driving.

Tesla has also removed the P90D variant of the Model S and Model X lineup as of late Thursday evening. This leaves the P100D as the only performance option and the only one with the braggadocious “ludicrous mode.” It also leaves an Audi A5’s worth of pricing distance between the 100 kWh vehicles and the next highest trim.

The glass roof is available now, the P90D is never available again, and the price increase on the base Model S should arrive on November 22.

[Image: Tesla Motors]

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  • Jpolicke Jpolicke on Nov 05, 2016

    If Tesla was putting a 20% smaller battery in the S60 I'd be fine with that, but just blocking that much range in a S75 battery to me is obnoxious. It's like ordering a steak shown on the menu as one of the specials of the day and being told you can only eat four fifths of it because that's the "special". Also, if it gets that uncomfortable under that panoramic roof, then Tesla's glass technology is woefully deficient. The roof of my Scion tC was all glass but 10 years ago Toyota knew how to coat it so that solar heating was never an issue.

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    • Krhodes1 Krhodes1 on Nov 06, 2016

      @shaker It long predates Silicon Valley - IBM has been doing this sort of thing practically since they invented the mainframe computer.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Nov 05, 2016

    How much will Chicago Cubs tickets cost next season?

  • Inside Looking Out This is actually the answer to the question I asked not that long ago.
  • Inside Looking Out Regarding "narrow windows" - the trend is that windows will eventually be replaced by big OLED screens displaying some exotic place or may even other planet.
  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that