Waiting on picking up a 2014 Tesla Model S is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the car is getting a bunch of new features that the 2013 model lacked. But on the other, the prices of those features aren’t exactly cheap.
Were you expecting them to be on a car that starts at $71,070?
At the Teslive fan festival that occurred several weeks back, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the 2014 Tesla Model S would include a valet mode to limit power for non-primary drivers, a map on the navigation system that always has north pointed upwards, phone tethering, and in-car WiFi. The 2014 Model S also has available parking sensors, a carbon fiber spoiler on the P85 performance model, a cold climate weather package, and SiriusXM satellite radio now being part of the $2,500 High Fidelity package instead of as a standalone $950 option.
On Tesla’s own forums, some owners and prospective buyers have expressed displeasure with options that could amount to thousands of dollars more for a car equipped comparably to a 2013 model. While prices for the cars aren’t up dramatically, the average options prices have pushed costs up 8 to 9 percent. Do you think that’s too princely a sum for a car that can span just above $100,000 with all the options boxes checked?
If you have the time, Musk has an hour-long conference at Teslive that we’ve linked below where he delves into the future of his first four-door for both the U.S. and international markets.