For nearly twice the price, customers can get into a Tesla sooner.
The Tesla Model 3 has already received hundreds of thousands of pre-orders but the first deliveries aren't slated to occur until late 2017. In an effort to generate sales and keep customers happy, the company is reportedly trying to get people who reserved a Model 3 to order an entry-level Model S 60 instead.
In an e-mail obtained by Electrek, a Florida-based dealership contacted a customer and stated "We know how excited you are to receive your Model 3 and wanted to ensure you had the chance to work with myself and our team to explore the options of getting into a Tesla even sooner." The e-mail also says the company is "thrilled to have just launched the new Model S 60" and goes on to invite the reservation holder for a test drive.
The Model S 60 starts at $86,000 CDN ($66,000 USD) and features a 60 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery which enables the car to accelerate 0-96 kilometres per hour (0-60 miles per hour) in 5.5 seconds, hit a top speed of 209 km/h (130 mph), and travel up to 338 km (210 miles) on a single charge.
However, the Model 3 is expected to start at just $35,000 USD (CDN pricing has not yet been announced). Despite the significant saving, buyers won't be giving up much in terms of performance as the company has previously said the car will accelerate from 0-96 km/h (60 mph) in less than six seconds and have a range of approximately 346 km (215 miles).