Looks like deliveries for the refreshed Tesla Model S have already started.
It's been less than two months since the refreshed Tesla Model S was unveiled with more refined styling, a redesigned interior and an absurdly powerful Plaid+ variant, but customer deliveries appear to have already started. This is the first major update for the Tesla Model S since the electric sedan debuted nine years ago, long before the Model 3 and Model Y joined Tesla's model lineup.
Photos shared on social media show a fleet of updated Tesla Model S cars loaded on a transporter leaving the Fremont Factory. They all appear to be standard Long Range models since they lack the red brakes, badging, and carbon fiber spoiler that distinguish the more powerful Plaid variant.
Tesla previously confirmed the new Model S Long Range will be available this month, so production seems to be on track. By contrast, the new Model S Plaid has been delayed until late 2021 to mid-2022.
At first glance, you would be hard-pressed to tell the refreshed Model S apart from the outgoing model since the exterior changes are subtle. For the 2021 model year update, the Model S features revised bumpers, a restyled hood, and gloss black trim replacing the chrome elements. More substantial changes can be found inside. The old car's portrait touchscreen has been replaced with a horizontal, more responsive 17-inch screen and an additional screen has been added to the center console for rear passengers.
There is also a redesigned yoke steering wheel that is proving to be divisive, but a recent sighting of the updated Model S at a service station confirmed it will still be offered with a conventional steering wheel. Every car loaded on the transporter appears to have a traditional steering wheel, which isn't surprising as we weren't expecting too many buyers to opt for half a steering wheel.
Pricing for the new Model S Long Range starts at $79,990, while the Plaid version will set you back $119,000. The new Model S Long Range utilizes a dual motor setup producing a combined 670 horsepower, enabling the electric sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds and offer an estimated driving range of 412 miles. Topping the range is the Plaid+, which packs three electric motors producing a combined 1,020 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 1.99 seconds and last 390 miles on a single charge.