Tesla Announces 2021 Model S Plaid Refresh with New Steering Wheel and More

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Tesla has announced its 2021 Model S refresh. Joining the Dual Motor AWD Long Range are two Tri Motor AWD versions, Plaid and Plaid+.

Also new are three displays in this Model S refresh. And for the first time? Model S now supports a phone key, like Model 3 and Model Y. This means you can use the Tesla app to unlock your vehicle.

“With 2200×1300 resolution, ultra-bright colors with exceptional responsiveness and left-right tilt, the new center display is an ideal touchscreen for entertainment and gaming anywhere. A second display in front of the driver shows critical driving information, and a third display provides entertainment and controls for rear passengers,” explains Tesla.

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The back of the Tesla now lets you play video games via Tesla Arcade. “Up to 10 teraflops of processing power enables in-car gaming on-par with today’s newest consoles via Tesla Arcade. Wireless controller compatibility allows gaming from any seat.”

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There are now also tri-zone climate controls, plus a new steering wheel called Yoke Steering. “The ultimate focus on driving: no stalks, no shifting. With a stalkless steering yoke, you can enjoy both the best car to drive, and the best car to be driven in,” says Tesla.

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There’s now also 22-speaker audio with 960 watts and new microphones for active noise canceling. Also new is a full glass roof that blocks infrared and UV light.

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Tesla says the Model S comes with premium connectivity for one year.

Here’s the final Model S pricing–which is $10,000 USD more than before, confirmed Elon Musk on the Q4 2020 earnings call:

  • Long Range AWD (delivers in March): $79,990 USD; 412 mile range; 0-60 mph in 3.1 sec
  • Plaid (delivers in March): $119,990 USD; 390 mile range; 0-60 mph in 1.99 sec
  • Plaid+ (delivers in Late 2021): $139,990 USD; 520 mile range; 0-60 mph in less than 1.99 sec

The Model S Plaid upgrade brings 1,020 horsepower, carbon-sleeved rotors and torque vectoring.

The Model S Plaid+ upgrade takes it to over 1,100 horsepower, making it the “Quickest 0-60 mph and 1/4 mile acceleration of any production car ever,” says Tesla. The Plaid+ can do the 1/4 mile in under 9 seconds.

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