2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+ with 1,100hp revealed: price, specs and release date
Tesla has refreshed the Model S to introduce a 1,100hp Plaid+ version as well as a radical overhaul of the interior. Read on to find out more.
- Tesla Model S refreshed
- 1,100hp Plaid+ version
- 0-60mph in under 2 seconds
- 520 mile range
- Long Range and Plaid versions available too
- Aeroplane-inspired steering wheel
- Orders now being taken
- Plaid+ priced at £130,980
- Production to start spring 2021
- First US deliveries in June
Since going on sale in 2012, the Tesla Model S has been one of the benchmarks for electric cars. It’s proved to be one of the most popular EV on sale, and has proved to be just as fast as alternatives including the performance-focused Porsche Taycan.
For 2021, the Tesla Model S has undergone its first major refresh, with a new, monstrous 1,100hp Plaid+ variant, a headline range of 520 miles and a radical overhaul of the interior. Tesla plans to start production of the new Plaid models in spring 2021, with the first cars being delivered to customers in the US as early as June.
2021 Tesla Model S design
The Tesla Model S has received a few subtle design tweaks for 2021. It takes on a slightly more aggressive look up-front with the introduction of two new air vents, while a wider body gives it a more imposing silhouette. A glass roof also now comes as standard.
These modifications aren’t just for show, however – Tesla claims the new Model S is the most aerodynamic production car on sale today.
2021 Tesla Model S interior and infotainment
You’ll find plenty of more obvious upgrades inside the new Tesla Model S. Gone is the old car’s portrait touchscreen – instead, you get a large 17-inch unit similar to that in the Model 3 and Model Y. It can even be tilted towards the driver or passenger on the go, while passengers in the rear also get a separate 8-inch system that displays various entertainment and comfort options.
The most radical element of the new Tesla Model S’s interior is the steering wheel if you can even call it a wheel anymore… The square wheel looks more like something you’d find in a Boeing 737 aeroplane than a car and does away with stalks for lights and wipers in favour of touch control buttons.
There are no regulations in the UK that require a car’s steering wheel to be round, so it’s possible that this radical design (along with a conventional round wheel Tesla has also developed) will be offered on UK-spec Model S cars.
2021 Tesla Model S motors and performance
Stealing the headlines for the Tesla Model S is its new ‘Plaid+’ motor option. Using three electric motors, it produces 1,100hp and is claimed to be able to cover the 0-60mph sprint in a hair under two seconds. It’ll deliver a 520-mile range, as well.
There’s a slightly tamer 1,020hp ‘Plaid’ version too, which matches the 0-60mph time and offers 320 miles of range. Finally, there’s a dual-motor Long Range variant that’s good for 0-60mph in a still lightning-quick 3.1 seconds and a 412-mile range serves as the entry point for the Model S lineup.
2021 Tesla Model S price and release date
You can order the new Tesla Model S now, with prices starting at £83,980 for the Long Range model. Move up to Plaid, and that’ll cost you £110,980 while the range-topping Plaid+ is available from £130,980.
Tesla plans to start production of these new Model S cars in spring 2021. The first Plaid models could be delivered to customers in the US as early as June this year, while Long Range cars should arrive in August. You’ll have to wait until mid-2022 to get your hands on a range-topping Plaid+ car, however. These delivery dates apply to US customers – those in other countries (such as the UK) will have to wait significantly longer.
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