As part of the continual expansion of the Tesla Motors brand, the American electric car manufacturer is reportedly preparing an all-wheel drive variant of the popular Tesla Model S electric sedan.
The all-wheel drive Tesla Model S could launch as early as next year and would initially be offered in the top of the line Model S configurations. Making an all-wheel drive Tesla Model S actually makes a lot of sense as the company is currently developing an all-wheel drive platform for the Tesla Model X SUV and the Model S would utilise the same system.
Additionally, an all-wheel drive Tesla Model S could help encourage sales of the fairly high-priced electric sedan in countries with harsher conditions than the U.S. where AWD would be necessary. Thanks to an AWD system, the Tesla Model S could even be faster than the current rear-wheel drive car which can hit 96km/h in just 4.2 seconds!
This news comes on the back of Tesla Motors recording its most successful quarter to date. Tesla managed to pull in an impressive 5,150 sales of the Tesla Model S electric sedan in the second quarter of this year. That equates to around 1,700 Tesla Model S’ a month which puts it right in line with the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt despite its dramatically higher price tag.
[Via The Verge]