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- Tesla sells two sedans, the Model S and the Model 3.
- The Model S is a more luxurious mid-size four door that can almost stretch to full-size duty.
- The Model 3 is a compact four-door that takes a more minimalist approach than the Model S.
Since 2017, Tesla has officially been selling two sedans, the Model S and the Model 3. Both are fully electric, but with the arrival of the base, $35,000 Model 3, there’s now a wide price difference between the cheapest Tesla four-door and the most expensive Model S, which can cost over $100,000, depending on the configuration.
What, you might wonder, do you get for your money with each car?
Glad you asked. I’ve provided a simple breakdown. The bottom line is that you currently have more options with the Model 3, but the Model S is more premium and serves up better performance — if you pay extra for it. Otherwise, although the cars are in different segments, they have a lot in common.
Read on to learn more:
The Model S is Tesla’s oldest vehicle now in production. The mid-size sedan arrived in 2012 and has been updated and reconfigured numerous times, but the average price is around $100,000.
Currently, Tesla sells three versions of the Model S, each with a "dual motor" all-wheel-drive configuration.
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The Standard Range is $79,000 to start, with a 270-mile range and a 0-60mph time of 4.2 seconds.
The Long Range is $83,000, with a 335-miles range and a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds.
The Performance is $99,000, with a 315-mile range and a 0-60 time of 3 seconds.
(These prices are all before tax credits and fuel savings.)
Adding Ludicrous Mode to the Performance trim for $15,000 takes the 0-60mph time down to 2.4 seconds. That’s supercar fast.
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