Updated Tesla Model S range on the way, priced from £53,400

9 Jun, 2016 4:11pm Richard Ingram Sam Naylor

Tesla reveals new look for Model S electric saloon, with new entry-level 60 and 60D models

Tesla's Model S electric saloon has been updated with a new look and new specifications, including new 60 and 60D models designed to create a new entry point to the range. The car also gets a new blanked-off front end inspired by the new Model X and Model 3

The new 60 starts from £53,400, wbut still manages a 248-mile range, a top speed of 130mph and comes equipped with Tesla's autopilot software. The 0-60mph time is just 5.5 seoncds, but that can actualy be improved with a simple software update, at an extra cost: the battery pack in the 60 and 60D is actually a 75kWh unit, so customers can upgrade their car's performance via Wi-Fi.

American sources have also unofficially revealed that an even faster P100D variant could be on the way, with further software and powertrain updates to make it even quicker than the P90D.

The Californian brand has also added the Model X's clever HEPA air filtration system to the Model S, which is claimed to be 100 times more effective than a normal cabin filter. 

Finally, the internal charger has been upgraded from 40 amps to 48 amps to enable faster charging from home sockets and public points. As Tesla's own network uses direct current, the upgrade is unlike to speed charging times at Supercharger network.

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In addition to the cosmetic changes, a faster and more powerful P100D model could also be on its way. Last month, we reported news that an American programmer had found reference to the car in a firmware update.

Jason Hughes posted information online about the existence of the new model, including a picture of the P100D logo. Tesla boss Elon Musk responded with the words "good hacking is a gift," suggesting that the information is accurate.

If so, it could mean an even faster model than the current P90D range-topper, with a possible 0-62mph time of around 2.7 seconds and a range of over 330 miles on a single charge.

Tesla removed the 85kWh versions of its Model S saloon from sale earlier this year in a bid to simplify the range. The rear-wheel drive 90kWh model has also been phased out in the UK, leaving only the 70kWh model in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, as well as the 90kWh model in standard or Performance (P90D) guise, both being all-wheel drive.

We’ll have more information on the Model S updates later this week, ahead of the car’s launch towards the end of 2016.

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