LTLFTcomposite wrote:They still have a $9k gap to close to get to the short range model 3 so this approach wouldn't get them all the way there but IMO an "upgradeable" short range 3 could be interesting at a premium to the 35k price point. What was the short range battery supposed to be, 180 miles? As a customer I'd be more confident buying a short range if I knew I could get a do-over on the decision... also safer from a resale value perspective.
Of course it's all in the numbers.
They told me the SR should have 220 miles range, a cloth interior, and no glass roof when I stopped by the Tesla dealership on Monday. She also said they did not expect it to be available before the tax credit cuts in half again on June 30th. They were really pushing the dual motor models already on the lot but that's way out of my price range.
From a strictly performance perspective, the smaller battery and lack of a glass roof should save a decent amount of weight making a M3 SR interesting with a performance package option. That said, they probably don't have a lot of incentive to make their cheaper car faster than the expensive one...