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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