Tesla upgrades both the Model S and Model X, now boasting quicker sprint times

Article by Christian A., on July 5, 2017

Tesla has been all over the news lately. Earlier, Elon Musk announced that the Tesla Model 3, their first mass market electric vehicle, will be delivered to the first 30 customers on July 28.

But that was not the only report that attracted a lot of attention. A spokesperson from the company had just confirmed that the Tesla Model S and Model X are both getting a series of upgrades. Not many details were provided, but changes will involve both software and hardware modifications, which will likely boost the performance of the new models.

For the entry level 75 variant Tesla Model S, there is a noticeable difference in terms of performance as its 0-60 miles per hour time is cut short by 1.2 seconds - from 5.5 seconds to only 4.3 seconds. As for the 75D trim, it reduced its sprint time from 5.2 seconds to only 4.2 seconds. For the 100D, change is not as prominent with only a 0.1 second difference compared to its predecessor, now performing the 0-60 mph run in just 4.1 seconds.

The Tesla Model X, on the other hand, sees some impressive changes. The 75D variant being the one with the biggest difference, from a flat six to just 4.9 seconds when doing the 0-60 miles per hour sprint. Meanwhile, the Model X 100D, cuts down 0.5 seconds of its predecessor's time with its 5.2 second performance from zero to sixty.

That’s not the only upgrade the Tesla Model X got. Customers can now opt for a 7-seater ride for an additional $3,000 on top of the base price. These fold-flat seats replace the former "floating" second row seats, now offering three types of seating configuration that accommodates five, six or seven.

This upgrade also makes the Tesla Model X the most spacious car in the lineup in terms of cargo capacity. It gets a total of 88.0 cubic feet of interior cargo space - with the second and third row folded down. It also comes with split 60-40 seats that can be individually folded flat. The Model S, on the other hand, has a cargo capacity of 58.1 cubic feet.

With all the good stuff Tesla Model X is getting, take note that it was also recently awarded for being the safest SUV after getting a perfect five-star rating by the NHTSA, just behind its Model S sibling. Passengers have a 93% chance of walking away with no serious injury after an accident.

Both the Tesla Model S and the Model X seem irresistible. So which of the two would you go for? The entry level Model S 75 starts at $69,500 while the Model X 75D starts at $82,500 (plus $1,200 destination fee).

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