Tesla has reviewed the highly anticipated Model S refresh, and they did not disappoint.
With shipping starting in March this year in the US, it is the first major redesign of the Model S since it was first released in 2012. Additionally, this refresh came with the option to get an even more powerful Tri-motor powertrain, achieving over 520-miles and a 0-60mph of less than 2 seconds. As a result, Elon Musk describes it as the ‘first production car ever’ to achieve this. Ludicrous no longer comes close to describing it.
A Complete Interior Revamp
While the new Plaid and Plaid+ models come with eye-opening stats, it is the completely revamped interior which is the biggest talking point. The new interior, also available in the Model X removes the iconic portrait touchscreen in favour of the horizontal screen found in the 3 and Y.
Additionally, you will find a few more screens in the updated Model S compared to the cheaper models. The screen behind the steering wheels remains in the refresh, with an additional screen added in the centre console for the rear passengers.
The rear passengers will get an exclusive experience in the new Model S. In addition to the new screen, passengers get wireless phone charging in the armrests, more legroom, USB-C fast charging. Finally, the car is compatible with wireless controllers, with Tesla saying the “in-car gaming on-par with today’s newest consoles”.
Nevertheless, the biggest difference found in the new interior is the butterfly steering wheel, like the one found in the second-generation roadster. However, there is a suggestion that this doesn’t meet regulations, and will not feature in production models.
Slight Model S Exterior Changes
The changes to the exterior are less apparent compared to the first Model S refresh. The most effective changes are the slight redesigns of the front and rear bumpers. As a result, the Model S drag coefficient rating is now only 0.208, which makes it the most aerodynamic production car in the world, ahead of the Lucid Air and Porsche Taycan. Finally, they have done a chrome delete, similar to the Model 3 refresh, released a new wheel option, and it now has a glass rough, similar to the Model 3.
Updated Tesla Model S Stats
On the Tesla website, there are three available Model S trims to choose from, Long Range, Plaid and Plaid+. The range varies depending on which one you go for, with the lowest being 390 and it topping at 520 miles. As a result, this puts it well ahead of its EV competitors.
The top-spec Model S, the Plaid+, comes with over 1,100 horsepower (more than the original Bugatti Veyron) with a top speed of 200mph. Tesla has said that this version will do 0-60mph in less than 1.99 seconds. Also the Plaid version confirmed at 1.99s exactly.
The Plaid+ will do a quarter-mile in less than 9 seconds. As a result, it will be ‘quickest 0-60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration of any production car ever’, according to Tesla.
Unfortunately, deliveries for all refreshed Model S’ in the UK won’t be until 2022.
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