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New Tesla Model S 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Flagship electric car now more expensive

The Model S has been dealt its second price rise in four months.

Tesla Australia has adjusted the pricing of its flagship all-electric sedan, the Model S.

Before we explain the changes, though, it’s worth discussing Tesla Australia has been quoting its Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices (MSRPs) without Luxury Car Tax (LCT) included (where applicable). Instead, it’s added to the equation as part of their on-road costs.

This is critical to digest because the large Model S and its Model 3 mid-size sedan and Model X large SUV siblings have appeared to have lower MSRPs than they actually do and therefore haven’t been comparable to their rivals in previous CarsGuide reports.

That said, with LCT factored into their MSRPs, the Model S’ entry-level Long Range and flagship Performance variants are now more expensive.

The Long Range has copped the largest price rise of the two, up $7800 to $147,513 plus on-road costs, while the Performance has jumped by a relatively modest $2600, to $167,013.

No corresponding changes have been made to duo’s standard specification.

As reported, the Long Range 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 offers the best driving range, at 713km (NEDC), although the Performance’s 671km effort between charges isn’t too far behind.

2020 Tesla Model S pricing before on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
Long Rangeautomatic$147,513 (+$7800)
Performanceautomatic$167,013 (+$2600)