Tesla Model S and X Receives Their Highly Anticipated Control Plus R

It’s been nine long years since the first-ever Model S rolled off the line in Fremont, and the first proper update of the full-size sedan has just been revealed for the 2021 model year. A huge improvement over the 2017 refresh, the Model S flaunts a more appealing front bumper, a panoramic glass roof, and probably the wackiest interior in the automotive industry.

The stalkless steering yoke offers the driver a better view of the digital instrument cluster, which is better integrated than before. The vertical touchscreen has been replaced by a landscape display for the infotainment system, and better late than never, rear-seat passengers have also been treated to a brand-new touchscreen for Netflix, gaming, and all that jazz.

What Tesla calls the Gaming Computer has 10 teraflops of processing power and wireless controllers compatible with it. Heated seats for every passenger, a heated windshield, three-zone automatic climate control, custom driver profiles, ambient lighting, and 22 audio speakers with active noise canceling are highlights in their own right. The same can be said about the second-row center armrest because it features a wireless charging pad.

The Model X has been updated in similar fashion, but the two full-size electric vehicles differ in one important aspect. More to the point, there are three variants of the sedan and two choices for the falcon-winged SUV.

Tesla discontinued the Performance dual-motor powertrain in favor of the Long Range, Plaid, and Plaid+ for the Model S. Pricing starts at $80k before options and potential incentives for the dual-motor option, while the three-motor setup is listed from $129k and $139k respectively.

There’s no Plaid+ for the Model X, which is a bit of a shame, but only the Long Range and Plaid options. At the time of writing, starting prices for these powertrains kick off from $89,9k and $119.k, respectively.

Tesla lists the S with 412 miles (663 kilometers) of range while the Plaid+ promises 520-plus miles (837 kilometers) and strip-slaying performance. 60 mph (96 kph) takes under two seconds, and the speedometer will stop climbing at 200 miles per hour (322 kph). As for the X, the best figures are 360 miles (579 kilometers), 2.5 seconds, and 163 mph (262 kph).


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