• Nov 7, 2012
If variety is the spice of life, then Tesla's Model S should have even more zest next year. Speaking during the company's third quarter financial results conference call, CEO Elon Musk dropped a bit of news that has raised our curiosity to levels of unmitigated distraction. Said Mr. Musk whilst speaking of R&D efforts currently underway:

There are a few other variants of the Model S that we'll come out with next year that I think are going to be pretty exciting, in addition to, of course, really getting into the Model X and starting the initial design work of the 3rd generation mass market vehicle.

Sounds interesting, right? While we can only speculate as to whether these variations on the Model S theme might include changes as drastic as a drop top, we wouldn't be hugely surprised by the addition of all-wheel drive and, perhaps, a more energy-dense battery (100-kWh packs, anyone?).

What is clear is that these future alterations will go beyond just the addition of more options, since those are also in the works. While speaking about the uptake of options in the current offering, Musk revealed that in response to customer demand, the automaker will make available additional features that could be ordered with the car, as well as others that could be installed retroactively.

So, join us, if you will, in an exercise of conjecture and tell us what kind of Model S you would like to see in your garage? A superleggera? A gran turismo? A cabriolet? Go ahead, surprise us!



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      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      Common? I've never see it in any car I've been in, ever.
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Elon should be careful about announcing something like this. Early adopters can be pretty sensitive to obsolescence.
        Ele Truk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ferps
        Yea, just look at how many iPhones don't get sold because they know a newer one is coming next year.
      American Refugee
      • 2 Years Ago
      A shooting brake!
        Ele Truk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @American Refugee
        Or in the old school language "Station Wagon".
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      A shorter version with 2 doors and higher performance to take on Porsches?
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please remove the side view mirrors and replace them with cameras.
      Tim W.
      • 2 Years Ago
      My prediction: The 4WD powertrain from model X.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      The need to stop talking about money and just sell what they build. If they have to worry about every dollar so much they needto get out of the car business.
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      When he talks about "other variants" could he simply mean the lower priced models that they have yet to produce? The 40kw and 60kw models have still not started rolling off the assembly lines yet. My guess is these are getting pushed into 2013. Once Tesla is producing those cheaper models they will probably add some Performance and Signature versions to them. I would be surprised if they come out with a coupe or something radical.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I think he's referring to other options packages. The timeframe Musk is talking about is the approximate timeframe in which Tesla will have worked off their order backlog. At that time, a few new options packages would be a good idea to help entice customers who weren't previously interested in a Model S to buy a new one, or perhaps to entice current customers to buy another (upgrade?).
          raktmn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          What would you do with half a car? =)
          mikeybyte1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Maybe buy one get one half off? :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would really like a smaller 40k car with 4 doors (or even 4 seats with 2 doors is fine)... Model S though as sexy, still its not justifiable for a stingy guy like me :) ... But I do ogle whenever I see a Model S, just not enough for me to drop a deposit!
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's a bit too much for me too. I'm planning on buying the Gen III version due out in 2015/2016. It's supposed to start at $30K and be about 25% smaller than the Model S. It's supposed to look very similar.
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Think more like additional options and customizations, not new body styles. The big one will be AWD. Likely including a new AWD performance model with 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
      SealtestDark
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 wheel drive, a wagon variant, convertible if they can maintain rigidity of the structure (I bet Elon will want to maintain the crash ratings), "opportunity consoles", parking and lane departure sensors. I am not so sure about a bigger battery. If they need one for the X then it will probably end up as an option for the S as well, otherwise I wouldn't expect it. If they have any range extending aero upgrades I can also see those being offered as an upgrade or a kit for existing owners.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SealtestDark
        Most likely is the 4 wheel drive variant, they already had to design it for the Model X and the Model S isn't all that different. Then there might be a luxury package. They might show a convertible version but that would take an extra year at least before it comes out. I'd bet on the 4 wheel drive.
      • 2 Years Ago
      would put my money down NOW on a 2 door 4 seat coupe convertible with extended range, power and acceleration... do you think this will be an option in the future for the MODEL S?
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes. It is in the plans - five years from now though.
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