Tesla quietly reduced the range while all the focus was on the hi-po Plaid reveal.
The new Model S Plaid is currently the star of Tesla's lineup. Revealed days ago in a live event in Fremont, California, Tesla claims the tri-motor electric sedan will reach 60 mph in under two seconds. However, the one area in which the Plaid can't match the cheaper dual-motor Model S Long Range is in terms of range. Whereas the Plaid has a 390-mile range, the Long Range had a seriously impressive 412-mile range. We say "had" because Tesla has quietly updated the Long Range's range on its website to 405 miles, indicating a drop of seven miles. 405 miles is still good but is now some way off the 420 miles that Elon Musk recently mentioned the Model S Long Range could attain.
While the small range reduction is unlikely to be a deal-breaker for most customers, it remains curious that Tesla makes random changes on a whim - often, the only clue to know what you're getting is to regularly check the company's website. Another example of this came just before the Model S Plaid reveal when the price of this sedan was suddenly increased by $10,000. That means that the Plaid now costs $129,990, although in terms of raw performance, it remains something of a bargain; many supercars costing twice as much are only faster once the speeds rise to far above the legal limit.
The Model S Long Range can still travel a lot further than the Porsche Taycan on a full charge, so its range reduction isn't that big of a deal. Besides, this model arguably offers the best combination of price, performance, and range. It can reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and comes in at under $80,000 before taking into account any incentives. For now, the EPA hasn't updated the Model S Long Range's range but we can only assume this will be done imminently. Deliveries of the latest Model S lineup are estimated to start taking place sometime in September or October this year.