Refreshed 2021 Model S: Updated Design, New Interior, 0-60 in Under Two Seconds

Feb 2, 2021   

Tesla has released a new Model S that’s been revamped from the ground up with an updated design, a new interior, and performance that goes beyond Ludicrous.

Model S starts with a Long Range configuration that comes with 412 miles of range, a top speed of 155mph, and a 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds at $79,990 — a price increase of over $10,500 compared to the prior Long Range Model. Deliveries start in March.

A Plaid configuration, replacing Performance, is available to order with delivery also beginning in March, adding a third high-performance motor for a tri-motor setup. This brings the 0-60 time down to just under two seconds, the top speed up to 200mph, and the horsepower to 1,020. The extra performance comes at a $40,000 premium, bringing the price to $119,990.

The previously-announced Model S Plaid has become a new Plaid+ configuration, promising the quickest 0-60 and 1/4 mile time of any car ever produced. Plaid+ will be even quicker than the quoted 1.99 second 0-60 time of Plaid, while also adding a range in excess of 520 miles. Delivery is still estimated for late 2021.

Both Plaid configurations include carbon-sleeved rotors and torque vectoring.

We’ve detailed all of the changes made to the interior, which has been completely redesigned with a new steering “yoke,” three wide displays throughout, an improved premium 22-speaker sound system, and tri-zone climate control.

The vehicle’s exterior is sportier, with chrome delete now becoming a standard design element across Tesla’s entire lineup. 19” Tempest wheels designed for efficiency remain standard.

The redesigned Model S can be ordered immediately, with a $100 order fee, on Tesla’s site.

Real Talk

Tesla has brought the Model S so far ahead of the competition it’s almost unbelievable.

Even the base Long Range Model S represents an incredibly compelling value in the high-end vehicle market. This combination of standard electric range, features, and acceleration for less than $80,000 is astounding. Consumers are receiving a fully-loaded performance sedan, with the exception of Full Self-Driving which is an additional $10,000 option.

Then there’s the Plaid configuration, which is a surprising addition since it essentially matches the expected acceleration of Model S Plaid that we weren’t expecting to see until the end of the year. That model has become Plaid+, which will inevitably be even crazier. Tesla is pushing the limits of what’s possible, and we think acceleration will only end up being limited by what humans and regulators can tolerate.

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