Tesla doesn’t do things like everyone else, we know it! Thus, the company pulled out of nowhere the presentation of its “new Model S” earlier this week.
Why the quotes? Because we are dealing more with an update, and not a new generation of the model. In fact, the company is constantly modifying its products, to the point where it is difficult to keep up with the evolution of certain models.
This remains a fairly major change. Here are 5 things to know about this 2021 Tesla Model S.
She’s really, really fast
The Tesla Model S really is a fast car. In fact, its performance is more like a super car than a sedan capable of carrying five passengers comfortably …
The base Tesla Model S, the “Long Range” version with two engines, does 0-100 km / h in 3.2 seconds, and can reach speeds of 250 km / h.
The new three-engine Plaid version does 0-100 km / h in 2.1 seconds, and can reach a speed of 322 km / h. Finally, the performance version with three Plaid + engines does the 0-100 km / h in under 2.1 seconds, thanks to an output of 1020 horsepower.
By comparison, a Nissan GT-R goes 0-100 km / h in 3.3 seconds, a Lamborghini Aventador in 2.9 seconds, and a McLaren Senna in 2.8 seconds.
She can go far!
The first Tesla Model S had a range of 335 km in the base version. It seems limited with today’s standards, but in 2012, it was new!
At a time when a Chevrolet Bolt does just over 400 km of range, where is the Tesla Model S? On another planet, literally.
The Tesla Model S 2021 “Long Range” now offers a range of 663 kilometers. The three-engine Plaid version has 628 kilometers of range, and the Plaid + version increases that figure to 837 kilometers. You read correctly! When we know that the Porsche Taycan has much less than 500 kilometers of range, we see how far Tesla is ahead.
She has a frill … particular
When Tesla unveiled the first images of this revisited Model S, many were surprised at the shape chosen for the steering wheel.
We are closer to the spaceship than to the car! That said, this steering wheel has the advantage of forcing an optimal grip, and in a vehicle that one would believe straight out of the future, one can practically say that it is in its place!
She has a computer powerful enough to play games …
Cars today are usually fitted with a small touchscreen with a pretty good infotainment system capable of using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But it stops there. Often, the weak processor has difficulty giving smooth animations … In the Tesla Model S, you will never have this problem.
As almost all of the car’s controls pass through the large central screen, redesigned to resemble that of the Model 3, Tesla opted for a powerful processor to provide an avant-garde, fluid, and worthy graphical interface. ‘a high performance computer.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has claimed that it will be possible to play state-of-the-art video games in its Model S, since it will have a computer capable of generating 10 teraflops of power. So in the not-so-distant future, again according to Musk, when your car is being driven 100% unassisted, you will be able to pass the time by playing your favorite video game.
Moreover, the rear passengers will also have access to a small screen, also capable of supporting video games.
It is expensive!
Tesla now offers Model 3 as its entry-level model, and it shows, since you have to forget the option of an affordable Model S!
The cheapest Tesla Model S is now available starting at $ 114,900. Then the three-engine Plaid version is $ 159,990, and finally, the performance three-engine Plaid + version costs at least $ 189,990.
In video: Tesla Model S takes on Porsche Taycan