Tesla’s Model S sedan was the first mass-market car to prove that electric vehicles could be fun-to-drive, eco-friendly, viable as everyday transportation, and even decent enough range- largely eliminated the dreaded “Range Anxiety” feared by early adopters of EV buyers. For 2021, the Model S is improved interior and control updates, and more range and delivers acceleration performance that rivals some of the world’s best supercars. The Model S remains the flagship of the brand.
Tesla has given its Model S sedan its first major update since the vehicle was unveiled in 2012, featuring a brand-new interior and a longer battery range. For 2021, almost everything is gone from the dashboard, and in its place is a large touchscreen, now more horizontally oriented than the vertical screen in the Model S. The giant infotainment screen that controls almost all of the vehicle’s functions the Model S provides a secondary display for the gauge cluster and a small touchpad in the rear seat as well.
Most visually arresting is the new steering wheel – a production first that features a half-circle “yoke-style” steering inspired by F1 racing cars as standard. The car’s infotainment system has also been updated to play high more power and computer hungry software as fond in the latest video games.
The two top-spec models will be called Plaid and Plaid+, will boast 1020 horsepower from three onboard electric motors, In addition to its impressive power and speed credentials. The rest of the lineup benefits from an exterior styling refresh and an upgraded interior.
Base-model dual-motor “Long Range” versions of the Model S now features a 663-kmbattery range, while the high-performance “Plaid” model has just 628 km of range. Top of the line “Plaid+” versions, however, offer 837 km) of range. The Model S offers full-time all-wheel drive no matter which version you choose, and two different settings allow drivers to choose heavy or light steering effort,
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the Plaid and Plaid+ versions of the Model S both have a top speed of 200 miles per hour (321 km/h), but only when driving on the specialized high speed tires. Both Plaid models also have a zero-to-60-mph (-96-km/h) time of under 2.0 seconds, making them among the world’s quickest production cars.