Tesla has axed the P85 Model S in the UK
The Tesla Model S range just got slightly easier to understand. Today, the company announced it’s ditching the 85kWh version of the popular Model S sedan from its range, as well as the rear-wheel-drive P90D. That means the Tesla line-up now consists of the 70kWh model in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, as well as the more powerful 90kWh model in standard or Performance (P90D) guise, both being all-wheel drive.
According to Tesla, the reason behind the change is to reduce clutter. The electric car maker says the 90kWh models have been well received by its customers, and that they offer range and performance close enough to the outgoing 85kWh version that the lower-powered unit is no longer needed.
The top-spec P90D has a range of 315 miles, but add the Ludicrous mode option and it will manage 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds thanks to a huge 967Nm of torque from 0rpm. The 90D model still manages the sprint in 4.2 seconds, but has a longer 340-mile range.
Go for the entry-level Model S 70D for an all-electric range of 275 miles, a top speed of 140mph and a 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds. This model costs £57,335, with the range going up to £89,435 for the high-performance P90D.
This article was originally published on Auto Express here: Tesla Model S range simplified with P85 models axed