2015 Tesla Model S 60 kWh Review
Tesla Model S is a car without compromises and with high performance. With this type luxury product, people typically buying a Model S opt for the top of the line 85 or P85 version (now with dual drive D).
Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that some 70% orders are for the D version and few customers are buying the 60 kWh version. The 40 kWh was cancelled even before it launched a few years ago due to the low number of orders.
That’s why we don’t often see a 60 kWh review, but Autocar recently tested the 2015 Tesla Model S 60. In short, Autocar enjoyed it:
“Retains all the style and practicality of the more expensive model, with decent handling and an improved ride. Quick enough for most people”
“Whether your blood runs eco green or petrol blue, this is still a stunning car. It may not have the supercar pace that made the 85+ feel like such an achievement, but it still feels years ahead of most conventional electric cars.
It’s not perfect by any means, and you do need to make adjustments for its range limitations. However it’s a stylish, fast, dynamically adept car that also offers great practicality at a comparatively affordable price, and it’s a worthy alternative to conventionally powered executive rivals.”
The price in UK stands at £50,280 ($79,000) after the government plug-in grant.
A big part of the Autocar’s review is focused on the suspension of the 60 compared to 85P, which is heavier by over 100 kg and equipped with air-suspension.
“The 85 Performance uses an air-sprung set-up, with stiffer anti-roll bars along with standard 21-inch wheels. But the standard mechanical suspension employed by this 60 version helps soften out the ride – at least for the most part.
Where the firmer 85 Performance would occasionally crash over pot holes, the 60 glides over them beautifully with little upset to the body. However, continuous ripples in the road cause it to fidget and never completely settle.
The pay-off is that when you exploit the fast and direct steering and launch the 60 at a bend, there’s prodigious grip and barely any body roll, despite the smaller tyres. Eventually the front will wash wide, and if you give the accelerator a prod mid-corner you can tempt the rear to break loose, but it’s never wild.”