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2021 Tesla Model S pricing and specs detailed: Pioneering electric car gets massive price cut after Elon Musk tweet

The Tesla Model S has had its pricing lowered yet again.

Tesla Australia has decreased the pricing of the Model S once more as part of an update, with the pioneering large sedan now much more affordable following a recent tweet by the all-electric vehicle (EV) specialist’s boss, Elon Musk.

The new entry-level Long Range Plus is $6500 cheaper than its Long Range predecessor, at $132,718 plus on-road costs, while the carryover mid-range Performance has been given a $6500 price cut, down to $152,218. Meanwhile, the flagship Plaid is still priced from $223,718, having only been revealed last month.

While the dual-motor Long Range Plus and Performance can be delivered as early as the second half of next month, deliveries of the tri-motor Plaid won’t begin until late 2021.

For reference, the Long Range Plus can sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in a supercar-scaring 3.8 seconds, while the Performance reaches triple digits in a hypercar-like 2.5s thanks to its Ludicrous drive mode.

Conversely, the Long Range Plus offers the best NEDC driving range, at 722km (+9km over the preceding Long Range), although the Performance’s improved 704km (+33km) between charges isn’t too far behind.

That said, the Plaid goes to the next level on both fronts, taking less than 2.1s to reach 100km/h and managing a driving range of more than 840km. All claims are according to Tesla Australia.

Late last week, Mr Musk tweeted that the Model S’ starting price would be lowered to $US69,420 ($A97,760) in the United States, with the model having also had its pricing significantly decreased in late May.

2021 Tesla Model S pricing before on-road costs

VaraintTransmissionCost
Long Range Plusautomatic$132,718 (-$6500)
Performanceautomatic$152,218 (-$6500)
Plaidautomatic$223,718 (N/A)