Released in 2012, the Tesla Model S is entitled to a makeover that applies mainly to its interior which gains in sobriety, makes even more room for screens and introduces a spectacular steering wheel devoid of control levers.

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She had been waiting for her facelift for a while, here it is at last. The Tesla Model S vintage 2021 was officially introduced yesterday by the American manufacturer. If, seen from the outside, it seems to have evolved by very small touches, the interior has been profoundly redesigned. By the way, You’re here introduces the Plaid version which replaces the High Performance edition and promises lightning accelerations and a range of 840 km. An update which should allow the Model S to face more and more threatening competition more effectively.

The general aesthetics of the Model S changed little in terms of its bodywork. The most notable change is on the front bumper whoseair sides are more discreet and curves gain in relief to accentuate the sporty side. All the fittings are black and no longer chrome, as on the Tesla Model Y. At the rear, the diffuser has been retouched and goes up more on the bumper. Finally, note the arrival of new 19-inch rims.

The greatest aggiornamento took place in the interior. To put it simply, we “breathe” a little more in front of the dashboard of the You’re here Model S 2021 which is much more sober. Two major developments give this sensation. First of all, the 17-inch central screen is now oriented in the landscape position (horizontal) and no longer portrait (vertical), which gives the dashboard a more airy side and has made it possible to rethink the central console which becomes more spacious and functional. Second notable change, the removal of the ventilation which creates a much more refined atmosphere.

The panels of doors have been redesigned to reflect this style “Zen” which plays on tones of white, beige and black and inserts in wood or carbon fiber depending on the finishes chosen. The rear passengers have not been forgotten. They are entitled to an infotainment screen integrated into the center console to which you can connect wireless game controllers. The seats have been redesigned to be more enveloping and the retractable central armrest offers an induction charging compartment for two smartphones.

The Tesla Model S Plaid + is a bomb

But the most striking novelty is undoubtedly the steering wheel of the Model S 2021. It strongly recalls that of the Tesla Roadster or what we can see in Formula 1. The upper part of the arch has disappeared while the lower part is flattened. The driver places his hands on the axis of the central branch and uses his thumbs to operate the buttons and knobs which replace the usual control levers for windshield wipers, headlights and indicators. This interior renewal applies to Tesla Model X electric SUV which is also entitled to small alterations to its bodywork on the same elements as the Model S.

This 2021 vintage is the opportunity for Tesla to introduce the “Plaid” version of the Model S and the Model X. Replacing the high performance version, it is based on a powertrain with three electric motors with a carbon track rotor ” which maintains peak power up to speed maximum », Torque distribution and all-wheel drive. This mainly results in more powerful acceleration and a higher top speed.

Thus, the Tesla Model S Grande Autonomie goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.2 seconds and reaches 250 km / h while the Model S Plaid takes only 2.1 seconds for 0 to 100 km / h and can speed at 320 km / h. You’re here even offers an even more extreme Plaid + version which cuts down from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 2.1 seconds and promises up to 840 km of range on a single charge.

You will have to pay a minimum of 139,990 euros to afford it and wait until the end of 2021 to receive it. The Tesla Model S Plaid starts at 119,990 euros (same price for the Model X Plaid) and announces 628 km of autonomy. The Tesla Model S Grande Autonomie starts at 89,990 euros and can travel up to 663 km on a single charge. These last two versions will be available from September, as will the new Model X.

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Tesla Model S Plaid. © Tesla

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