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Tesla introduces new entry-level Model S 70D; dual-motor AWD standard

Tesla Motors has introduced the new entry-level Model S 70D, an all-wheel drive electric car with a 70 kWh pack, a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a 240-mile (386 km) range at 65 mph (105 km/h). Starting price is $75,000.

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Model S 70D dual motor drive. Click to enlarge.

All-wheel drive is standard on Model S 70D and available as an option on Model S 85. (Earlier post.) In addition to having independently operational front and rear motors, the 70D includes Supercharging to enable free long-distance travel; Autopilot hardware; navigation; blind spot detection; and other features. As with every Model S, the 70D will receive free over-the-air updates.

April 2015 Model S lineup
  70D 85 85D P85D
Drive All-wheel Rear All-wheel Performance All-wheel
Battery pack 70 kWh 85 kWh 85 kWh 85 kWh
Range (EPA) 240 miles 265 miles 270 miles 253 miles
Power 329 hp 362 hp 422 hp 691 hp
Top speed 140 mph 140 mph 155 mph 155 mph
Cash starting price $75,750 $80,750 $85,750 $105,000

Along with the new 70D, Tesla introduced three new colors: Ocean Blue, Obsidian Black, and Warm Silver.

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