Tesla Model S Plaid has come earlier than most expected. During his opening remarks of the Q4 2020 Earnings Call, CEO Elon Musk announced that Plaid Model S and Model X are currently in production at the automaker’s Fremont factory.
This was a well-kept surprise Tesla was able to keep secret from the eyes of the world. Earlier this month Tesla did shut down its Model S/X production lines at the Fremont factory that hinted a little towards the upgrade but it still remained a mystery.
However, we finally have the new design refreshed Tesla Model S and Model X available to order and according to Elon Musk, deliveries will start next month (Feb 2021).
Covering all the aspects of the 2021 Tesla Model S, Model S Plaid, and Plaid+ would make this post too long, so I have distributed it in multiple parts, exterior & performance, interior, the new Yoke steering wheel & autonomous driving
Exterior Design Refresh
Although Tesla did not make a radical design shift while releasing the 2021 Tesla Model S but it has been further refined and fine-tuned for a sportier and prominent feel from the outside. One of the design refresh prototypes was spotted on the streets of Palo Alto, CA earlier this month showing a more planted wider Model S than the previous version.
Since the advent of the Model Y, Tesla has been on a quest to remove chrome trim from its cars, with this latest Model S/X design refresh, chrome trim from windows, side mirrors, front and rear fascia has been deleted from the entire S3XY lineup.
Only the 19″ Tempest Wheels aero cap color is silver, the 19″ inch tires and wheels are included in all three Long Range, Plaid, and Plaid+ variants. The optional 21″ Arachnid Wheels are available for a hefty $4,500 price tag.
The following colors are available for all the 2021 Tesla Model S design refresh version with prices (check Tesla online configurator):
- Pearl White Multi-Coat – Included
- Solid Black – $1,500
- Midnight Silver Metallic (Tesla signature gray) – $1,500
- Deep Blue Metallic – $1,500
- Red Multi-Coat – $2,500
Tesla has not provided the official exterior dimension figures of the 2021 Model S refresh version, so a size comparison with the older version s still due on us until the numbers arrive.
Performance & Range
In the Q4 Earnings Call, yesterday as well as on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stressed much about how Tesla Model S Plaid is the quickest and the fastest production car ever made. Not only the 0-60 mph time is less than 2.0 seconds, but the quarter-mile time is also below 10 seconds for the Plaid variant and less than 9.0 seconds for the flagship Plaid+ Model S.
The range of the Model S Plaid+ is an astonishing 520+ miles (~837 km), this is also the longest-range electric vehicle in production right now.
This has been made possible by Tesla’s new 4680 cells (only Plaid+), improved battery pack, and the fine-tuned aerodynamic drag coefficient of the new Model S to 0.208 Cd (lowest of any production car in the world as of today).
Tesla describes the performance and range of the new Model S as:
Tesla designed Model S from the ground-up as an electric vehicle — each component, including batteries, motors, and exterior aerodynamics are optimized to benefit from one another and create one of the most efficient, yet unbelievably powerful vehicles ever built.Tesla
Let’s compare all three variants of the design refresh 2021 Tesla Model S in terms of range, performance specs, and price.
|2021 Model S Long Range||2021 Model S Plaid||2021 Model S Plaid+|
|Range||412 miles (663 km)||390 miles (~628 km)||520+ miles (~837 km)|
|0-60 mph Acceleration||3.1 sec||1.99 sec||<1.99 sec*|
|1/4-mile time||~11 sec||9.23 sec@155 mph trap speed||<9 sec|
|Top Speed||155 mph||200 mph||200 mph|
|Drivetrain||Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive (AWD)||Tri Motor AWD||Tri-Motor AWD|
|Cell form factor||18650||18650||4680|
|Weight||4,561 lbs||4,766 lbs||N/A|