I hear ya.At this point with motor and electronics efficiencies being so high range is essentially a matter of how much battery the OEM wants to put into a vehicle. Many will use the CT as their daily driver. For that market the motivation is to have range that beats or equals the competition (e.g. Lucid). Others will use the CT as a work truck and there the motivation is to have a battery that will allow a large load to be towed a reasonable distance. Assuming towing range is half the nominal range of the CT then the 500+ mile CT becomes a 250+ mile tractor.
610 miles would, of course, be nice to have probably more because it gets towing range up but certainly 610 would put Tesla out in front - for the moment. I wouldn't get too excited about seeing more than enough range to top 500 sufficient to best Lucid in the early releases though. Batteries may be coming down in cost and weight but they are in very high demand at this point. Consider that Rivian released its shorter range truck before the long range version presumably because of constrained battery availability.
Something to note. Elon stated on JR earlier this year that they were currently deciding on what the actual battery pack size/ range of the SM CT would actually be. He stated that it will be at least 300mi which is at least 20% increase.
So if they carry that same range increase proportionally through the trim levels (which I realize there is no guarantee they would).
The Trimotor would end up at ~600mi+. But that's just based on proportionally scaling up what was only stated about the single motor.
While I do believe there is a 600mi+ model being looked at and really hope its the trimotor cuz that would be hard to say no to. However am realistically thinking its more likely the Plaid model since he has stated it will be more than just 3 motors, and he personal car of choice.