Thursday, June 24, 2021
News Updated Tesla Model S Gets New Powertrain And Unique Steering Wheel

Updated Tesla Model S Gets New Powertrain And Unique Steering Wheel

Tesla’s updated Model S goes upscale with extra tech and Plaid+ is a thing


  • The most noticeable changes to the Model S are indoors.

  • The central display is now horizontal.

  • The steering wheel, or steering yoke according to Tesla, is right out of K.I.T.T.


The Tesla Model S’ has gone relatively unchanged in nearly a decade but being the only large luxury electric sedan ensured that it would sell. With competition now flooding in, Tesla has finally updated the flagship Model S with expected and unexpected upgrades.

2021 Tesla Model S | Photo: Tesla

From the outside, the changes are subtle. The front-end is different and chrome is now nowhere to be seen. On the inside, the story is a little different. The large centre-display, which was once vertical, now sits horizontally and measures an impressive 17 inches across. A 12.3-inch digital instrument panel is positioned behind the insane “steering yoke”. And finally, rear passengers get a central 8-inch display as well.

2021 Tesla Model S | Photo: Tesla

Another new feature is a glass roof but what’s really important is that trims have evolved. The Model S Long Range dual-motor enables 412 miles (663km) of range and will hit 60mph in 3.1 seconds, or 100km/h in 3.2 seconds. In the US, it is priced from $72,990 while in Canada, it starts at $114,990.

The old Performance trim is now Plaid and offers a tri-motor setup. Range drops to 390 miles (628km) but performance takes a leap. With 1,020 horsepower, the 0-60mph sprint flies by in 1.99 seconds. To 100km/h, the time is 2.1 seconds. Pricing starts at $112,990 in the US, $159,990 in Canada.

2021 Tesla Model S | Photo: Tesla

The new Plaid+ will re-write history. With over 1,100 horsepower, this Model S will have the quickest 0-60 mph (0-100km/h) and 1/4 mile acceleration of any production car ever. Its range is a staggering 520+miles or 840+km. Pricing also jumps to $132,990 in the US or $189,990 in Canada.

The new Tesla Model S is available for order now. For the Long Range and Plaid, deliveries begin in March while the Plaid+ will come in late 2021.

Trending Now

Watch: Porsche 911 Turbo S Takes On Ferrari F8 Spider in Open-Top Drag Race Battle

Two convertible titans race for straight-line superiority Pro racer Daniel Abt behind the wheel of the 911 Looking at a hot high-performance convertible and...

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pricing Leaks

Electric pickup will run from under $40k to beyond $90k Also gives price for Extended Range battery pack Ford gave out some pricing basics...

Porsche Getting Wireless CarPlay Finally Adding Android Auto

PCM 6.0 adds a host of new features including OTA updates Will have Apple Music integration, wireless CarPlay Porsche knows how to make its...

Redesigned 2022 Infiniti QX60 Revealed to the World

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 will go on sale in Canada and the United States in late 2021. A 3.5L V6 is once again...

Hyundai Group Completes Boston Robotics Deal

Hyundai has gone to the (Robot) dogs Plans to develop new robotics "realizing the progress for humanity" Hyundai now officially has a controlling interest...
Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.