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Tesla adds $6,500 ‘Performance Plus’ option to Model S; adds range, improves handling

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Tesla Motors is adding a special performance package for its all-electric Model S that not only will add miles of single-charge range, but will make sure those miles aren’t driven sideways.



The automaker is charging $6,500 for its new “Performance Plus” option, which includes wider rear tires, upgraded stabilizer bars and bushings, among other goodies. Tesla says it took “hundreds of iterations affecting every detail of the suspension,” but “our vehicle dynamics team was able to achieve the rare outcome of simultaneously improving performance, comfort and efficiency.” The new rear Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires are 20 mm wider than previous tires and are “staggered for improved acceleration on low grip surfaces.” Folks will also be able to get between six and 12 miles of range from those new tires.



Tesla continues to move its already up-market car into the proverbial stratosphere, and for good reason. The company, which beat its first-quarter sales targets, discontinued its cheapest variant of the Model S because of lack of demand even as it has improved the financing options for the EV.

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By Danny King

Tesla Model S Bound for Price Bump

Tesla confirmed in a blog post that it will soon raise the price of its Model S electric luxury sedan.

It isn’t clear how much the price will climb, but the company was also quick to clarify that clients with orders already placed will not be subject to change. Those holding reservations who haven’t finished configuring their cars will receive a deadline soon, after which the price will raise. Provided those reservations are completed by the son-to-be-released date, those customers will also avoid the price increase.

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Currently, there are more than 13,000 Model S sedans booked for production, which will keep the company’s production line hopping for months to come. Still, waving a price hike in front of potential buyers will likely work to spur indecisive buyers toward action sooner.

Part of the change, Tesla says, will include a change in a few options packages where certain things that are currently standard will move into more upmarket price brackets for the car.

Official word on what the revision will mean are coming soon — Tesla expects to release full details on the changes in the next “two to three weeks.”

By Luke Vandezande