There’s a new Sheriff in town. One that will apparently do 0-60mph in under 2 seconds, go 200mph and travel 390 miles on one charge… say hello to the Tesla Model S Plaid.
Those power upgrades are as a result of a redesigned battery pack and modules. Power is now rated at a monstrous 1006bhp thanks to the tri-motors.
As well as the aforementioned performance and economy upgrades, the Tesla Model S Plaid gets a tweaked interior and exterior. Those upgrades are also carried across into the regular Tesla Model S for 2021 as well as the Tesla Model X, which will also be available as a Plaid variant and gets 1006bhp and a 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds. It’s worth noting that both 0-60mph claimed times include a rollout allowance.
Want more power and range? You’ll need to wait a little longer for the new Plaid+. There are no specific figures for this model, however, it’s said to travel 520 miles on a single charge.
Also joining the Tesla line-up for 2021 is a new Model S with long range, which is again said to travel 520 miles on a single charge. That model gets 661bhp; not too shabby then…
The new models don’t come cheap either, with the Model S Long Range starting at £83,980, the Plaid at £110,980 and the Plaid+ at £130,980.
What else is new for the 2021 Tesla Model S?
As mentioned above, all 2021 Tesla Model S models will receive a tweaked interior with the main infotainment touchscreen being rotated horizontally, rather than vertically. This touchscreen tablet gets a new CPU, which Tesla says can cope with processing 10 teraflops of data. Rear passengers are now be entertained with a new 10-inch device in the back.
The strangest addition, though? That’ll be the steering wheel. Instead of a conventional round steering wheel, Tesla has chopped the top half off and squared off the bottom. Futuristic and geared towards autonomous driving it may be, but it remains a little odd.