Soon an AWD Version of the Model S Will Join This Lineup

Soon an AWD Version of the Model S Will Join This Lineup

Tesla Motors is reportedly prepping an all-wheel-drive version of the Model S and it's slated for launch "as soon as early 2014," according to The Verge.

The AWD Model S is expected to be available only with the 85-kWh battery pack (at least initially) and will become the top-of-the-line version.  It'll likely match or beat the performance of the current P85 Model S and we fully expect it to be the most powerful Tesla sedan available.  Range may drop slightly, as the AWD setup will surely add some pounds to the Model S.

Expect More Oomph in AWD

Expect More Oomph in AWD

The Verge cites "sources familiar with the situation" for this information, but it's long been expected that an AWD Model S was the logical next step.

The upcoming Model X will feature AWD, so we know Tesla is already working on such a system.

An AWD Model S would likely appeal to those who reside in areas with harsh winter weather.  We could see it catching on immediately at the various ski resort cities throughout the US.

But AWD is not only for harsh conditions.  By sending power to all four wheels, the Model S could indeed cope with a BIG bump in horsepower and torque.  That's why the AWD version will almost certainly be the quickest Model S to date.

Though The Verge is supremely confident in its "sources," Tesla Motors wouldn't comment on future products.  But that's to be expected.

Source: The Verge