When Tesla Model S was first launched, this blog is barely 2 years old. And so, no, we did not feature it. We did however feature the S P85D introduced in 2014 and the Plaid version of the Model S just last year. Speaking of which, those who bought into that may not be amused because, the Model S has just gotten an update.
Aesthetically, the new Tesla Model S has a slightly cleaner exterior with optimized aerodynamics. Speaking of aerodynamics, Tesla is claiming the “lowest-drag car on Earth” with a drag coefficient of 0.208 Cd.
The interior has been simplified too and includes a redesigned second row boasting seating for three adults, with extra legroom, headroom and a stowable armrest with integrated storage and wireless charging.
Sleek as always. But the real excitement here is the powertrain which now peaks at 1,020 horses and rockets from 0-60 (0-96 km/h) in 1.99 seconds, and topping out at 200 mph (322 km/h).
Further under the hood is an updated battery architecture with an estimated range is 390 miles (628 km). Tesla said this new battery system is capable of back-to-back, consistent 1/4 mile runs (which it claims 9.23 seconds at 155 mph).
Now, here’s the thing. The awesome numbers is the Plaid model, which is on a tri-motor all-wheel drive platform. The Long Range model, however, is a dual motor all-wheel drive platform with 670 HP peak power, does 0-60 in 3.1 seconds, but has a longer range of 412 miles (663 km).
Other highlights include new performance-focused wheels and tires, large glass roof, a new 17-inch cinematic display, F1-style steering wheel, up to 10 teraflops of processing power for in-car gaming, wireless controller compatibility, multi-device Bluetooth, wireless and USB-C charging for every passenger, front and rear trunks, fold-flat seats, a 960W 22-speaker system with active noise canceling, and an invisible cabin conditioning featuring tri-zone temperature controls, ventilated front seats and HEPA filtration as standard.
The new Tesla Model S is available to order with a starting price of US$79,990 before potential savings.
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