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Before the Tesla Model 3 even entered production, the electric-car maker shuffled features on the Model S in order to provide a clear distinction between the two sedans.

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, has often said that looking for luxury will be best in a Model S, while the Model 3 remains a much more straightforward piece of transportation. The updates to the Model S, many of which come to the Tesla Model X as well, underscore the separation Musk has alluded to in the past.

The least expensive Tesla Model S now tallies in at roughly $70,000. while the Model 3 will cost just under $50,000. Buyers will be pleased to hear the new features come as standard on all new Model S and Model X vehicles built after July – the changes were made in preparation for the Model 3's launch.

Both electric models receive adaptive LED lighting, adaptive air suspension and a new cream interior motif. The tan interior option has been dropped.

In addition, all leather options for the Model S and Model X are now vegan.

Tesla has also provided a number of premium features into a new "Premium Upgrade Package."

This makes the ordering process simpler as well as adding value!

An upgraded sound system, XM satellite radio and the Subzero package (including heated rear seats, steering wheel and wipers) are also included in the premium package. Previously, the features will only available separately, as well as being more expensive. The package costs $5,000 on the Model S and $6,000 on the Model X.

The Model X gets a long-awaited feature on its own: the ability to fold the second-row seats completely flat. However, only the five and seven seat versions have this feature – six seat Model X's don't.

Tesla has also improved the performance specifications of the Model S 75 and 75D and 0-60mph acceleration figures drop slightly to 4.3 and 4.2 seconds respectively.

Previously, the Model S 75 and 75D sprinted to 60mph in 5.5 and 5.2 seconds. This is also a separation factor from the Model 3, which accelerates to 60pmh in 5.6 seconds, according to the automaker.

Notable, the updated performance specs for the Model S 75 and 75D are the same as the original P85D and P90D. Originally, the P85D cost $110,000 when it first came out, and the P90D debuted with a $90,000 price.

Now, these performance features are attainable for roughly $70,000 or... you can always semi gut a Tesla Model S P100D, fit two lightweight aluminium Kirkey seats up front, remove the rear seats, sound proofing and anything else unnecessary, and then go kick some muscle car ass at the drag strip. Check out the video below!

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