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Tesla Reveals Updated Model S With Wonky Steering Wheel

The Tesla Model S was released in 2012 with technology and features that nobody had ever thought of before. In 2016, some exterior changes occurred, but at this point, ground-breaking isn't the best word for the aging Model S. Tesla has now revealed the new 2021 Model S with freshened styling and a completely redesigned interior.

First of all, we never thought a yoke would ever actually replace a steering wheel. But this is Tesla, so of course they cut the steering wheel in half. Turning signals and other buttons that usually hide behind the steering wheel have been moved to the surface of the yoke steering wheel. The digital instrument cluster is no longer hidden, and yes, it remains atop the dashboard, next to the infotainment system, despite the Model 3 and Model Y's layouts. Speaking of an infotainment system, a new horizontal screen sticks out of the dashboard unlike the vertical one it replaces. Also, rear passengers can now enjoy a small screen behind the center console packed with fun and games.

Options and trim levels are switched up a bit, with the Plaid and Plaid+ replacing the Performance trim level. Powertrains, range, and batteries are changing too, with the Long Range trim upgrading to 412 miles of range with a $79,990 starting price. The $119,000 Plaid trim boasts 390 miles. The Plaid+ tops out at 520 miles of range for $139,990 As for that controversial steering yoke, the $10,000 Full Self-Driving Capability package could help least if you aren't doubtful with Autopilot. It includes Autopark and Summon as well. An additional risk is the car's lack of gear shifters. Instead, it will guess what gear you want to switch to. Eek!

The new Model S is said to be "fastest accelerating production car ever made", sliding just under two seconds in 0-60. Its top speed is about 200 miles per hour. The Model S gets some minor exterior changes, with a slightly reshaped lower grille, revamped fog lights, a slimmer rear bumper, and a more sculpted hood. So, is the 2021 Tesla Model S enough to beat the Lucid Air and Porsche Taycan? We'll see when it hits dealers in a few weeks.

Source Credits: CarBuzz

Image Credits: Tesla


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