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Will RWD go extinct too?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Maximilien, Apr 23, 2017.

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Will RWD be gone in Model S in the future?

  1. Yes, very likely.

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  2. No, not likely.

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    50.4%
  1. Maximilien

    Maximilien Member

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    We know 60, 70, 85, 90 (I hear very few indeed exists as 90 non-D).

    90, 100 don't have RWD option.

    Model X has had D's only. I don't recall any RWD in Model X.

    Now that 60 is gone, the only available Model S without D is 75.

    Model 3 is coming soon and I have a feeling that entire Model S will be Dual Motors to keep the production simple.

    Probably Model 3's will have RWD for good.

    How many think that RWD will also go extinct?
     
  2. Kopius26

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    I hope so I think its a no brainer to have all wheel drive
     
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  3. Maximilien

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    But there are people who don't want to pay 5K for that option.
     
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  4. doubleohwhat

    doubleohwhat Supporting Member

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    I really have no need for AWD. Sure it's more efficient but only slightly.

    I'm assuming that's why they offer only offer the S100 with AWD. If you get that model then you're most likely getting it for Max range. Might as well get the dual motors for Max efficiency.

    If you're getting the S75 because you don't need the extra range then the extra $ for AWD might not be worth it to some people. However, some will need AWD for winter driving, so AWD is offered as an option.
     
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  5. ZAKEEUS

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    If it becomes more cost effective for Tesla to cut RWD option, I could see them doing that. It would also be another thing that separates the S and X from the 3.
     
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    i'm sure they will cut it eventually once the costs come down.
     
  7. totochi

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    For the same price of course. Since I'm in SoCal, I decided to put the extra $5k towards a solar system so I got a plain 60 instead of a 60D.
     
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  8. Maximilien

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    That's what I am thinking.
     
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    At some point it may be more cost effective and efficient to only offer one motor layout option (AWD) at a price point that is similar to the current RWD models. Subaru only offers AWD vehicles and their prices are certainly competitive with similar models from other companies that are FWD or RWD only.
     
  10. SM18

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    Don't forget that the performance cars have the same big motor in back that the RWD cars use. I don't know that partially reducing production would end up being worth any potential savings. Especially as it makes for a more accessible base trim.
     
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  11. Maximilien

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    Interesting that the poll is very even.

    That's a good reasoning that I didn't think before.
     
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    I hope not. In fact I hope they bring back P's with RWD so that eventually when I move on from my P85+ there will be something for my taste.

    I know I'm in the minority with this opinion, but RWD is just personal preference. :)
     
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  13. jaguar36

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    I also have no need for AWD. Even in the snow I've never had a problem with RWD. I do wish they hadn't killed the big frunk in the RWDs as I find that super useful.
     
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  14. widodh

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    Indeed. I don't need AWD. My 85kWh RWD is just fine. I really, really, really, really like the big frunk
     
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    I suspect that they will keep it long term as an entry level option, just like Audi does. It saves a little money. And, more importantly, it lets them sell to different price points.
     
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  16. sgmorton

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    Even with RWD cars now the frunk is half the size it used to be... I know because I got one and was dissapointed when I popped the hood the first time. I guess in my head I was expecting HW1 RWD sized. It was not.
     
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    hmm. I really didn't like the steering feel of AWD. + you cant turn off TC
     
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  18. twonius

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    I've been told the reason why the frunk is smaller on the RWD facelifted cars is that There used to be 2 different chassis (RWD AWD) but when they did the facelift they decided to consolidate everything into the AWD chassis to save development costs since a minority of sales were RWD. That's why the frunk is small, even though there's no motor there.
     
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    It is where the 12V battery is now
     
  20. jelloslug

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    There is a huge difference in efficiency between the RWD vs AWD in the Model S
     

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