Tesla Model S 70D Review, Test Drive & 0-60 MPH Test + Close Look At New Titanium Metallic Paint

MAY 15 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 8

The 70D is the new entry level configuration of the Tesla Model S. Recently, I was able to check out the 70D.

Here’s my short review of the Tesla Model S 70D:

Tesla Model S 70D in New Titanium Metallic Paint.

Tesla Model S 70D in New Titanium Metallic Paint.

You are probably thinking “who wants a basic / entry level vehicle?” The Tesla Model S 70D completely removes that stereotype and crushes it! First, the 60 kWh battery pack for the Model S has been discontinued. The 70 kWh with Dual-Motor AWD takes its place, and both (bigger battery and AWD) come as standard..

The previous starting price of the Model S with the 60 kWh battery pack was $71,070, before any incentives or fuel & oil savings. Now, it is $76,200 (including registration & doc. fees) with over $15,000 in features included! The list of things that were added on as standard include: some of the old “Tech Package” features, bigger and better battery pack & Dual-Motor AWD, both the 70 kWh battery pack and dual drive units come with a better warranty of 8 years/ unlimited miles, Supercharging Enabled, Autopilot ready w/ many safety features already ready to go, & Michelin Primacy tires. This amounts to approximately $15,000 worth of extras included from the most base 60 kWh Model S, all for only $5,000 added onto the base price; $76,200.

Let me first state that I have ridden in & driven many different Model S sedans. This includes the 60, 85, & P85 Model S. While some were faster than others, all provide(d) unbelievable acceleration! The same thing absolutely stands with this new 70D Model S, which has a 0-60 MPH rating of 5.2 seconds.

Tesla Model S 70D in New Titanium Metallic Paint.

Tesla Model S 70D in New Titanium Metallic Paint.

The ride quality was just as incredible, as with any other Model S I have ever “tested”… Superb, even with the standard suspension. That low center of gravity, nearly 50/50 weight distribution, and instant torque at 0 RPM are something else. Though I believe the real test with the Model S’ Dual-Motor AWD system will come when it’s out in weather conditions like rain & snow / all different types of winter conditions! Hopefully I will get to try this soon…

Nonetheless, the 70D was spectacular in every way possible. The base Model S 70D gives you 240 miles of range on one charge, and a large and growing network of Supercharging stations all across the US are ready for you to use, “which is and always will be free” – Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors & Space X.

Even for the “base” Model S, I am most positive that the standard equipment will more than satisfy most individual’s wants & needs, especially with $15,000 of extras included over the previous base 60 kWh Model S.

Last, but not least, Tesla recently released a few new metallic colors for the Model S. Titanium (as shown), Deep Blue, & Obsidian Black.

Check out many action shots & photos of the Titanium Metallic color in the video below:

(Video below is of me riding in the back seat of the 70D capturing video of another driver with a Tesla rep on board discussing the car’s various features – because its hard to test drive and record yourself at the same time)

Tesla Model S 85D in New Titanium Metallic Paint.

Tesla Model S 85D in New Titanium Metallic Paint.

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8 Comments on "Tesla Model S 70D Review, Test Drive & 0-60 MPH Test + Close Look At New Titanium Metallic Paint"

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RS

With the 70D they made the entry level Tesla very interesting. I am pretty sure they can generate some sales with this upgrade for litte money approach.

Anon

That Model X “Warm Silver”, sure looks nice on the Model S…

Nix

“who wants a basic / entry level vehicle?”

Actually, companies like BMW sell more of their entry trim levels than they do their M cars. Same with Audi. I’m sure more car makers are the same too, I just don’t have the numbers at my fingertips.

It is a good thing that Tesla’s entry level vehicle is now a much more viable option.

stupid

“who wants a basic / entry level vehicle?”

in 4wd ?? … NORWAY !!

I like the color of that paint. looks great. Upping to the 70D from the 60 adds a lot of value for not a whole lot of money.

ampzilla

i personally would like a bare bones no frills no bells no whistles maybe get it down to 45000
2 wheel rear drive is fine if equipped
with proper snow tires.
dont need awd

Howard

You are seriously missing the point when the MODEL 3 comes out $45K will get you much more than just bare bones. Well it will get you a well optioned entry version of a bare boned premium version or a less bare boned premium version if you added on an extra $6K to your budget but remember you can get back the difference as a tax credit later.

Three excellent videos! Thanks!!