Tesla Model S Updated With Wild New Interior And Epic Plaid + Model
Jan 28 2021
In addition to announcing new high-performance "Plaid" variants, which are clearly aimed at Porsche's Taycan and other EV newcomers, Tesla showed some renderings of the sedan's updated styling. After months of rumors, Tesla confirmed the revisions in a few images released just ahead of its quarterly earnings call scheduled for later this afternoon.
According to reports in the U.S. media, Tesla has confirmed that the design of the steering wheel has been completely redone and is now flat-bottomed and console-like, something that would be more appropriate in an airplane perhaps. According to Tesla, the $138,490 Plaid+ version of the Model S will feature the capability to travel more than 520 miles on a single charge.
Tesla has been slow in updating the interior of the Tesla Model S, particularly after the Model Y and 3 had already received new looks.
A similar style of steering wheel was found on concept versions of the upcoming Cybertruck and Roadster. You'll also notice a lack of stalks, which likely means that the turn signals will be operated via wheel-mounted buttons.
The stalkless steering yoke offers the driver a better view of the digital instrument cluster, which is better integrated than before.
The interior changes freshen up the vehicle, which hasn't seen a major update in many years. Some either embraced the new look or couldn't stand it.
Another nice upgrade in the cabin is the new tiny screen on the center console for rear passengers.
The two models are getting new powertrain options as well. Both models will overtake the drag-racing focussed 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon from 0 to 100km/h - if Tesla's performance claims prove true.
Plaid+ models are claimed to sprint from 0-60 miles per hour in under 1.99 seconds, run the quarter mile in under 9.0 seconds, and have over 1,100 horsepower.
The dual-motor Long Range variant of the redesigned sedan starts at $79,990, and that's good for 412 miles of range.