Tesla Motors kills P90D package for Model S, adds new glass roof option

Article by Christian A., on November 8, 2016

California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors has just said goodbye to the P90D version of its Model S electric vehicle, albeit quietly. The death of the P90D version comes as Tesla has quietly changed its design studio – at its own Web site -- for the Model S. The P90D option is now nowhere to been seen although.

Meanwhile, Tesla has added an optional all-glass roof for the Model S. This move could be interpreted as part of the EV maker’s efforts to further streamline its electric car range. For now, Tesla is offering three EV models, each having its own standard premium features and optional elements, depending on the package or version that the customer has chosen.

Now, the removal of the P90D option on the design studio means that there would be a substantial gap in terms of pricing between the Tesla Models S 90D and P100D versions – a price gulf pegged at around $45,000. Moreover, the removal of the P90D option for the Model X results to a price gap of around $40,000 between the S 90D and P100D versions.

The Model S 90D – which retailed at a final price of around $92,000 – could sprint from zero to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) in just 4.2 seconds and could reach a distance of around 294 miles (473 km) on a single full battery charge.

On the other hand, the Tesla Model S P100D – having a retail price of around $134,500 – could accelerate from zero to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) in a matter of 2.5 seconds and could travel up to 315 miles (506 km) before needing to recharge its new 100 kWh battery pack. The Tesla Model S P100D is basically able to outrun almost every production car there is in the race to 60 mph, except when racing against LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Notably, it seems the “Ludicrous” upgrade is no longer available as an individual option, since any “P” model car already includes ludicrous speed. Interestingly, with the demise of the P90D, the only P model car on the studio is the P100D. Since the around $45,000 price gap between Model S 90D and P100D models is too big to go unnoticed ($40,000 difference for the Model X 90D and P100D), Tesla could offer the future non-performance 100D model to fill the gap.

With the silent passing of the P90D, Tesla also discreetly included a new option -- a $1,500 glass roof. It has been assumed that this new glass roof would feature the same UV blocking technology available on the Tesla Model X, allowing it to protect occupants from 98 percent of UV rays and 81 percent of heat. According to Tesla, the new glass roof is recommended for an open, expansive cabin feel.

Since this option removes the crossbar over the B-pillar, it would make the Model S seem roomier. The new glass roof replaces the smaller sunroof option that was also offered at $1,500. An optional larger panoramic sunroof could also be availed for just $2,000.

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