Comparing a Base Tesla Model S to a Fully Loaded Model S Performance Plus Version; What’s the Price Difference?


Fully Loaded Model S

Fully Loaded Model S

True Tesla Model S fans know that there’s a substantial difference in both price and performance between a base (60 kWh, no options) Model S and a fully loaded Model S Performance (85 kWh) with the Performance Plus package.

Of course, you could head over to Tesla Motors’ website to configure a Model S any way you so desire, but the folks at Winding Road kindly did that for us.  Well, sort of.

Tesla Model S Performance Plus Detail and Pricing

Tesla Model S Performance Plus Detail and Pricing…Click to Enlarge

Winding Road hit the Tesla Model S configurator to figure out what the price difference is between the “cheapest” Model S and the decked-out, option-packed most expensive version of Tesla’s electric sedan.

According to Winding Road, the Model S is wonderfully easy to configure since all of the options and packages are described in detail and require simply ticking a box to add in.

There aren’t complex packages that must be combined with other options.  In other words, it’s not tricky to configure a Model S exactly how you desire it.

Here’s Winding Roads’ example of the price breakdown for base versus loaded for the Model S:

Price: $71,070 (Tesla Model S) + $0 (Destination) + $0 (Options) – $7500 (Federal Tax Credit) = $63,570
Price: $96,070 (Tesla Model S Performance) + $0 (Destination) + $23,100 (Options) – $7500 (Federal Tax Credit) = $111,670
Then there’s the boatload of options, which Winding Road breaks down as follows:
Model S Performance Package: $25,000
            -Upgraded drivetrain, interior, and suspension
Pearl White Paint: $1500
All Glass Panoramic Roof: $1500
21-inch Grey Performance Wheels: $3500
Performance Plus Package: $6500
            -Upgraded dampers
            -Upgraded bushings
            -Upgraded stabilizer bars
            -Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires
            -Wider rear tires
Tech Package: $3750
            -GPS Navigation system with onboard maps and free map updates for seven years
            -Automatic keyless entry
            -High-definition back-up camera
            -Xenon headlights
            -Electrochromatic side mirrors
            -LED cornering lights
            -Ground lighting under door handles
            -Power rear liftgate
            -GPS-enabled Homelink system
            -Memory seats
Sound Studio Package: $950
            -XM Satellite Radio
            -580-watt, 12-speaker Dolby ProLogic 7.1 system
            -HD space for over 3000 songs
Rear Facing Seats: $1500
Parcel Shelf: $250
Paint Armor: $950
Twin Chargers: $1500
High-Power Wall Connector: $1200

And that’s all she wrote.  It’s straightforward, simple to configure and easy to discover just how much your perfectly optioned Model S will cost.  To try your hand at configuring a Model S, click here.

Source: Winding Road

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8 Comments on "Comparing a Base Tesla Model S to a Fully Loaded Model S Performance Plus Version; What’s the Price Difference?"

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Its hard to believe that a vehicle like the Model S wouldn’t have navigation as a standard feature. The Leaf and Volt do.. Well, the Leaf did until just recently when they added a cheaper base model.

Yeah, totally crazy. It’s just a way for Tesla to effectively raise the price of the Model S $3750 since nearly everyone opts for that feature anyway. The Tech Package should really be standard equipment – just about everyone expects those features as standard on a $71k+ car.

No Nav with a base Volt for 2012 and newer. I think a $1000+ Nav is a waste of money when my phone does it for free. It should be an option.

There really is a destination charge of around $1000, but it only shows up in the final purchase form.

Minor correction, I believe the base model battery is 60 kwh not 65.

You are correct, Reno – the base model is a 60kWh pack, and the larger pack is 85kWh.


My Volt holds up to 11,000 songs….


What about the cost of a model S with the 85 KWh battery but stripped of everything else that is not indispensable for the normal working of the car.
Thus, no leather, no fancy music system, no wood, no navigation, no cameras, etc…