Tesla Won't Force Steering Yoke On Model S And X Buyers Anymore

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But Plaid owners will be forced to have high-performance brakes.

Tesla has quietly upgraded the Model S Plaid and Model X Plaid by making high-performance brakes standard on both models, while giving buyers the option of a normal steering wheel in place of the controversial yoke.

First discovered by Tesla North, the automaker's website now lists "Higher thermal capability brake calipers" as standard equipment. Both models pack an almighty punch in terms of acceleration but have come under fire for poorly-matched brakes.

Hopefully, the addition of the powerful brake system will address customer concerns. Those who want to take to the track, however, might want to wait for the optional $20,000 carbon ceramic brake kit, which will be made available this year. With the brake system upgrade comes red-painted calipers.

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2021-2023 Tesla Model S Plaid Front Bumper
2021-2023 Tesla Model X Plaid Front Bumper

We're not sure if it's related, but the Model S Plaid no longer has an asterisk next to its 200 mph claimed top speed.

Most importantly, it seems that Tesla has not upped the price to make up for the new addition. Then again, both vehicles received a substantial price hike last year.

That's not the only good news, though. When exploring the configurator, we noticed that there's an option to replace the controversial yoke with a conventional steering wheel - at no extra cost. While eye-catching, the left-field design has attracted a lot of negative attention owing to its impractical shape. Low-speed driving was particularly challenging, with many owners expressing a dislike for the new introduction.

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2021-2023 Tesla Model S Plaid Front View Driving
2021-2023 Tesla Model X Plaid Front View Driving

Thankfully, the automaker has listened to its customers and now gives them the option of choosing.

Lastly, as Twitter account Teslascope reports, the automaker has had to remove certain functions to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 118, Section 5 (read the full document here). The regulation will see Tesla eliminate automated side window features, including the ability to remotely close windows via the app or when locking the vehicle.

This also includes the handy Car Wash Mode, which automates window closing. Lastly, owners will be unable to operate the window controls until the brake pedal has been depressed prior to setting off. According to the communication seen below, the "features will not be available until further development," suggesting a fix could be on the way.

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2021-2023 Tesla Model X Plaid Steering Wheel Design
2021-2023 Tesla Model S Plaid Central Console
Source Credits: Tesla North

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