Tesla prepares AWD Model S image

Tesla is planning to introduce a new version of the Model S, which will add the all-wheel drive system.

The announcement hasn’t been made official just yet but according to the guys at The Verge, the Tesla Model S will receive an all-wheel drive version. This is expected to make its way onto the market as early as next year, but in an ultra-premium trim level. The model in question is said to be based on the P85 and to be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds or even less, when equipped with the AWD system. Later on, the four-wheel drive is believed to become optional on less expensive models.

Tesla didn’t comment on the report but it has already announced its plans to offer an optional all-wheel drive system on the Model X crossover. This will use an electric motor for each axle and it might be the key into offering such a system for the luxurious Model S. As a quick reminder, the Tesla Model S is available in three versions, the 85 kWh, with 420 HP (310 kW) and 600 Nm of torque (443 lb-ft), the 85 kWh with 360 HP (270 kW) and 440 Nm of torque (325 lb-ft) and 60 kWh, with 302 HP (225 kW) and 430 Nm of torque (317 lb-ft). All versions are getting a single-speed fixed gear transmission.