Tesla took advantage of the publication of its fourth quarter results to present some improvements that will be made to the Model S and Model X 2021. Raw power is there as is a brand new dashboard that will seek to refresh these aging models . The American brand, which for the first time generated a net profit over a whole year (721 million US in 2020), first detailed how the new Plaid livery of the Model S. Announced last September, it will be declined. displays figures that are beyond comprehension. Its three electric motors produce a total of 1,020 hp, power that catapults the sedan from 0-100 km / h in 2.1 s and ensures a top speed of 320 km / h. The manufacturer specifies that several canon starts could be made successively thanks to a new battery architecture, thus correcting a weakness of the Model S.
SCREENSHOTS OF TESLA’S SITE Rear view of the 2021 Tesla Model S In addition to this Plaid version, a name that is a reference to Mel Brooks Spaceballs’ parody sci-fi movie, Tesla will offer a Model S Plaid + which will be able to cover greater distances. In addition to accelerations similar to those of the Plaid thanks to a little more power (over 1,100 hp), the Model S Plaid + sees the estimated range go from 628 km to over 840 km. Obviously, this comes at a price and it is quite high. The Model S Plaid will be retailed at $ 159,900, while the Plaid + will require an outlay of $ 189,900. In his defense, it’s still less than the $ 215,000 required for the purchase of a Porsche Taycan Turbo S. At the same time, the Model X midsize crossover will also benefit from the Plaid treatment. Due to its heavier weight, 0-100 km / h takes 2.6 s in its case, an acceleration that ends at 262 km / h. Its price remains the same as the Model S Plaid ($ 159,900).
A retro-futuristic dashboard
SCREENSHOT OF TESLA’S SITE The new dashboard of the Tesla Model S and Model X To see the other novelty, you will have to take a seat aboard this new vintage of the Model S and Model X. Tesla has chosen to completely redesign all in all, a refresh that echoes the interior of the compact Model 3 sedan. The major difference, however, lies in the configuration with two screens, one for instrumentation and the other, 17 ”, for the functionality of the infotainment system. The elephant in the room nevertheless remains the retro-futuristic three-spoke steering wheel describing an open rectangle. He definitely looks like he’s been debunked from KITT, the Pontiac Firebird featured in the Knight Rider TV series.