Tesla Model S and Model X prices increased

Prices for the Tesla Model S and Model X have gone up by an average of £1,800

Prices for the Tesla Model S and Model X have gone up again, just a couple of weeks after top-spec versions of the cars saw their prices slashed by almost £50,000.

Earlier this month, Tesla moved away from its ‘100D’ and ‘P100D’ monikers in favour of a new naming structure.

Prices for the range-topping Tesla Model S Performance have risen from £83,350 to £85,500, having cost in excess of £130,000 in its previous P100D guise only a couple of weeks ago.

The Model S Long Range - which replaced the Model S 100D - is now priced from £78,000, up from the old figure of £76,000.

Meanwhile, an entry-level Model S Standard Range with range of 323 miles and a starting price of £72,000 has been withdrawn after just three weeks on sale.

According to Tesla, this short-lived version of the Model S has been pulled in order to simply the line-up.

Elsewhere, the Tesla Model X has received a similar shake-up: the price of the range-topping Model X Performance has risen from £87,200 to £89,000, having cost more than £130,000 at the start of the month. The entry-level Long Range version has risen from £80,200 to £81,500.

The Model X Long Range will do 351 miles on a single charge and 0-62mph in under five seconds. The Model X Performance is faster, with a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds, although a little of its range is sacrificed.

This follows an announcement that top-spec cars would be badged as 'Ludicrous Performance' models, however the latest price change has coincided with the removal of the 'Ludicrous' moniker after just a couple of weeks on sale.

Ludicrous Mode - which unlocks even faster acceleration - is now an £11,500 option on both the Model S Performance and Model X Performance. 0-62mph figures for those variants hit 2.4 seconds and 2.8 seconds respectively with Ludicrous Mode enabled.

Earlier this month, the company decided to close fewer of its stores than was previously planned, and that price increases of "about 3% on average worldwide" would enable them to keep more stores open.

The increases also apply to the more expensive variants of the forthcoming Model 3, although the $35,000 Model 3 Standard Range is exempt. The Model 3 is due to hit UK roads later this year.

Both the Tesla Model S and the Model X are eligible for the Government’s plug-in car grant, equating to a discount of £3,500 for cars delivering at least 70 miles of zero-emissions range.