The Tesla Model S Plaid has arrived – here’s how it stacks up to every other Tesla

Tesla Lineup
Tesla’s cars range in price from around $40,000 to $150,000

  • Tesla launched its latest sedan, the $129,990 Model S Plaid, on Thursday.
  • It claims a top speed of 200 mph and a 0-60-mph under two seconds.
  • Tesla sells four models – the Model S, 3, X, and Y – which cost roughly $40,000 to $130,000.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Tesla has launched its priciest and fastest vehicle to date: the Model S Plaid.

We’ve known the sporty sedan was coming since late 2020 and orders have been open for months. But, after a couple of delays, Tesla kicked off deliveries with an event on Thursday night.

The Plaid may run you $129,990 before options, but it promises to offer some totally bonkers performance in exchange. Think a 200-mph top speed and a sub-two-second 0-60-mph time that could make it the quickest production vehicle on the market.

But a Tesla doesn’t need to cost six figures, and the company offers plenty of electric vehicles for people who are just fine traveling at more normal speeds.

Those shopping for a new Tesla can consult this guide to understand the latest prices of the Tesla Model S, 3, X, and Y, and how the models stack up.

Although add-ons vary between models, any Tesla can be optioned with the $10,000 Full Self-Driving driver-assistance package, which doesn’t currently make Teslas fully autonomous.

Model S

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model S.

Launched in 2012, the Model S sedan is Tesla’s longest-running model. The luxury four-door got an overhaul at the top of 2021, which included an updated exterior and a controversial new steering yoke. It’s the choice for EV buyers who have a little more to spend and don’t want a crossover.

Here’s how each Model S breaks down:

  • Long Range: For $79,990, the base Model S delivers an estimated range of 375 miles, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds.
  • Plaid: The $129,990 Model S Plaid, whose name is a reference to the movie “Space Balls,” travels 350 miles on a charge, hits a top speed of 200 mph, and sprints to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds, Tesla says. Both Plaid models have three motors good for more than 1,000 horsepower.

A paint color other than white will run you $1,500 to $2,500, 21-inch wheels cost $4,500, and a white or off-white interior costs $2,500.

Model 3

Tesla Model 3 update
Tesla Model 3.

With the debut of the Model 3 in 2017, Tesla made good on its promise to build a more affordable vehicle than the Model S or Model X that came before it. And since it launched, the Model 3 has proved wildly successful, becoming both Tesla’s most popular model and the overall best-selling EV in the world in 2020.

The Model 3 comes in three flavors:

  • Standard Range Plus: The $39,990 base Model 3 gets an estimated range of 263 miles, a top speed of 140 mph, and a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds.
  • Long Range: The $48,990 Long Range model has an EPA-estimated range of 353 miles
  • Performance: For $56,990, the sporty Model 3 Performance delivers a 315-mile range, a top speed of 162 mph, and a 0-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds. It also has a lowered suspension, better brakes, and 20-inch wheels as standard.

A paint color other than white will set you back $1,000 to $2,000, 19-inch rims cost $1,500, and a white interior – as opposed to the standard black – costs a $1,000 premium.

Read more: Don’t blame bitcoin for Tesla’s stock slide – it’s high-time faithful investors took some profits

Model X

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X.

The Model X crossover is Tesla’s second-oldest model behind the Model S. It hit the market in 2015.

There are two versions of the Model X:

  • Long Range: For $89,990, the dual-motor base Model X delivers 350 miles of estimated range and a 155-mph top speed.
  • Plaid: The $119,990 Plaid version steps things up a notch with three motors that Tesla says put out 1,020 horsepower. Tesla says the high-performance crossover will have a 330-mile range and a 0-60-mph time of 2.5 seconds when deliveries start.

Like on Tesla’s other vehicles, a white paint job comes standard – black, silver, blue, or red will run you $1,500 to $2,500. Five seats come standard, and a six-seat or seven-seat layout costs $6,500 and $3,500, respectively.

A white or cream interior costs $2,000, while bigger rims go for $5,500.

Model Y

Model Y Sunset White
Tesla Model Y.

Starting deliveries in early 2020, the Model Y compact crossover is Tesla’s newest vehicle. It’s based on the same platform as the Model 3, but has more cargo capacity, rides higher, and has a general shape more like the Model X. It’s proving to be a hot seller just like its sedan sibling.

The Model Y comes in two versions:

  • Long Range: The $51,990 base vehicle has an EPA-estimated range of 326 miles, a top speed of 135 mph, and makes the sprint to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
  • Performance: The sportier option costs $60,990, and although it gets a lower range of 303 miles, it makes up for it in performance upgrades. The crossover accelerates to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, has a higher top speed, and comes with bigger wheels, better brakes, and a lowered suspension.

There’s also a more affordable Standard Range model that Tesla briefly sold starting in January. Elon Musk said on Twitter it’s still available as an off-menu option.

Buyers can shell out an extra $1,000 for a tow hitch, $1,000 for a white interior, and $3,000 for third-row seating. A non-white paint job costs $1,000 to $2,000, while bigger rims command $2,000.

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Tesla just upped the prices of its most popular cars by $500 – here’s how much each model will set you back

Tesla Lineup
Tesla’s cars range in price from around $40,000 to $150,000

  • Tesla raised the price of some Model 3 and Model Y vehicles again, this time by $500.
  • Tesla sells four models – the Model S, 3, X, and Y – which cost roughly $40,000 to $150,000.
  • Options for them include different interior colors, extra seats, and performance packages.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Tesla has raised its prices yet again, upping the cost of some Model 3 and Model Y trims by $500 on Thursday.

It’s just the latest price hike from a company that’s known for quietly raising and lowering prices seemingly at random.

In October, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dropped the price of the Model S sedan to $69,420 after rival Lucid announced its sedan would start at $69,900. And in March, the company hiked the price for four of its models by up to $10,000. Earlier in April, Tesla bumped the price of Model 3 and Model Y trims by up to $1,000.

With price changes happening constantly, it can be tough to keep track of it all. Those shopping for a new Tesla can consult this guide to understand the latest prices of the Tesla Model S, 3, X, and Y, and how the models stack up.

Although add-ons vary between models, any Tesla can be optioned with the $10,000 “full self-driving” driver-assistance package, which doesn’t currently make Teslas fully autonomous.

Model S

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model S.

Launched in 2012, the Model S sedan is Tesla’s longest-running model. The luxury four-door got an overhaul at the top of 2021, which included an updated exterior and a controversial new steering yoke. It’s the choice for EV buyers who have a little more to spend and don’t want a crossover.

Here’s how each Model S breaks down:

  • Long Range: For $79,990, the base Model S delivers an estimated range of 375 miles, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds.
  • Plaid: The $119,990 Model S Plaid, whose name is a reference to the movie “Space Balls,” travels 350 miles on a charge, hits a top speed of 200 mph, and sprints to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds, Tesla says. Both Plaid models have three motors good for more than 1,000 horsepower.
  • Plaid Plus: The $149,990 Plaid Plus is the most advanced Model S yet. Tesla says it will do 0-60 mph in under two seconds, has a top speed of 200 mph, and has a range of more than 520 miles. Deliveries are set to start in 2022.

A paint color other than white will run you $1,500 to $2,500, 21-inch wheels cost $4,500, and a white or off-white interior costs $2,500.

Model 3

Tesla Model 3 update
Tesla Model 3.

With the debut of the Model 3 in 2017, Tesla made good on its promise to build a more affordable vehicle than the Model S or Model X that came before it. And since it launched, the Model 3 has proved wildly successful, becoming both Tesla’s most popular model and the overall best-selling EV in the world in 2020.

The Model 3 comes in three flavors:

  • Standard Range Plus: The $38,990 base Model 3 gets an estimated range of 263 miles, a top speed of 140 mph, and a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds.
  • Long Range: The $47,990 Long Range model has an EPA-estimated range of 353 miles
  • Performance: For $56,990, the sporty Model 3 Performance delivers a 315-mile range, a top speed of 162 mph, and a 0-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds. It also has a lowered suspension, better brakes, and 20-inch wheels as standard.

A paint color other than white will set you back $1,000 to $2,000, 19-inch rims cost $1,500, and a white interior – as opposed to the standard black – costs a $1,000 premium.

Read more: Don’t blame bitcoin for Tesla’s stock slide – it’s high-time faithful investors took some profits

Model X

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X.

The Model X crossover is Tesla’s second-oldest model behind the Model S. It hit the market in 2015.

There are two versions of the Model X:

  • Long Range: For $89,990, the dual-motor base Model X delivers 350 miles of estimated range and a 155-mph top speed.
  • Plaid: The $119,990 Plaid version steps things up a notch with three motors that Tesla says put out 1,020 horsepower. Tesla says the high-performance crossover will have a 330-mile range and a 0-60-mph time of 2.5 seconds when deliveries start in May.

Like on Tesla’s other vehicles, a white paint job comes standard – black, silver, blue, or red will run you $1,500 to $2,500. Five seats come standard, and a six-seat or seven-seat layout costs $6,500 and $3,500, respectively.

A white or cream interior costs $2,000, while bigger rims go for $5,500.

Model Y

Model Y Sunset White
Tesla Model Y.

Starting deliveries in early 2020, the Model Y compact crossover is Tesla’s newest vehicle. It’s based on the same platform as the Model 3, but has more cargo capacity, rides higher, and has a general shape more like the Model X. It’s proving to be a hot seller just like its sedan sibling.

The Model Y comes in two versions:

  • Long Range: The $50,990 base vehicle has an EPA-estimated range of 326 miles, a top speed of 135 mph, and makes the sprint to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
  • Performance: The sportier option costs $60,990, and although it gets a lower range of 303 miles, it makes up for it in performance upgrades. The crossover accelerates to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, has a higher top speed, and comes with bigger wheels, better brakes, and a lowered suspension.

There’s also a more affordable Standard Range model that Tesla briefly sold starting in January. Elon Musk said on Twitter it’s still available as an off-menu option.

Buyers can shell out an extra $1,000 for a tow hitch, $1,000 for a white interior, and $3,000 for third-row seating. A non-white paint job costs $1,000 to $2,000, while bigger rims command $2,000.

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Tesla just hiked the prices of its most popular cars – here’s how much each model will set you back

Tesla Lineup
Tesla’s cars range in price from around $40,000 to $150,000

  • Tesla sells four models – the Model S, 3, X, and Y – in several different trim levels.
  • Options for them include different interior colors, extra seats, and performance packages.
  • Teslas range in price from roughly $40,000 to $150,000.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Tesla is known to quietly raise and lower prices seemingly at random.

In October, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dropped the price of the Model S sedan to $69,420 after rival Lucid announced its sedan would start at $69,900. And in March, the company hiked the price for four of its models by up to $10,000. On Friday, it raised the cost of some Model 3 and Model Y trims by up to $1,000.

With price changes on a constant basis, it can be tough to keep track of it all. Those shopping for a new Tesla can consult this guide to understand the latest prices of the Tesla Model S, 3, X, and Y, and how the models stack up.

Although add-ons vary between models, any Tesla can be optioned with the $10,000 “full self-driving” driver-assistance package, which doesn’t currently make Teslas fully autonomous.

Model S

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model S.

Launched in 2012, the Model S sedan is Tesla’s longest-running model. The luxury four-door got an overhaul at the top of 2021, which included an updated exterior and a controversial new steering yoke. It’s the choice for EV buyers who have a little more to spend and don’t want a crossover.

Here’s how each Model S breaks down:

  • Long Range: For $79,990, the base Model S delivers an estimated range of 375 miles, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds.
  • Plaid: The $119,990 Model S Plaid, whose name is a reference to the movie “Space Balls,” travels 350 miles on a charge, hits a top speed of 200 mph, and sprints to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds, Tesla says. Both Plaid models have three motors good for more than 1,000 horsepower.
  • Plaid Plus: The $149,990 Plaid Plus is the most advanced Model S yet. Tesla says it will do 0-60 mph in under two seconds, has a top speed of 200 mph, and has a range of more than 520 miles. Deliveries are set to start in 2022.

A paint color other than white will run you $1,500 to $2,500, 21-inch wheels cost $4,500, and a white or off-white interior costs $2,500.

Model 3

Tesla Model 3 update
Tesla Model 3.

With the debut of the Model 3 in 2017, Tesla made good on its promise to build a more affordable vehicle than the Model S or Model X that came before it. And since it launched, the Model 3 has proved wildly successful, becoming both Tesla’s most popular model and the overall best-selling EV in the world in 2020.

The Model 3 comes in three flavors:

  • Standard Range Plus: The $38,490 base Model 3 gets an estimated range of 263 miles, a top speed of 140 mph, and a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds.
  • Long Range: The $47,490 Long Range model has an EPA-estimated range of 353 miles
  • Performance: For $56,990, the sporty Model 3 Performance delivers a 315-mile range, a top speed of 162 mph, and a 0-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds. It also has a lowered suspension, better brakes, and 20-inch wheels as standard.

A paint color other than white will set you back $1,000 to $2,000, 19-inch rims cost $1,500, and a white interior – as opposed to the standard black – costs a $1,000 premium.

Read more: Don’t blame bitcoin for Tesla’s stock slide – it’s high-time faithful investors took some profits

Model X

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X.

The Model X crossover is Tesla’s second-oldest model behind the Model S. It hit the market in 2015.

There are two versions of the Model X:

  • Long Range: For $89,990, the dual-motor base Model X delivers 350 miles of estimated range and a 155-mph top speed.
  • Plaid: The $119,990 Plaid version steps things up a notch with three motors that Tesla says put out 1,020 horsepower. Tesla says the high-performance crossover will have a 330-mile range and a 0-60-mph time of 2.5 seconds when deliveries start in May.

Like on Tesla’s other vehicles, a white paint job comes standard – black, silver, blue, or red will run you $1,500 to $2,500. Five seats come standard, and a six-seat or seven-seat layout costs $6,500 and $3,500, respectively.

A white or cream interior costs $2,000, while bigger rims go for $5,500.

Model Y

Model Y Sunset White
Tesla Model Y.

Starting deliveries in early 2020, the Model Y compact crossover is Tesla’s newest vehicle. It’s based on the same platform as the Model 3, but has more cargo capacity, rides higher, and has a general shape more like the Model X. It’s proving to be a hot seller just like its sedan sibling.

The Model Y comes in two versions:

  • Long Range: The $50,490 base vehicle has an EPA-estimated range of 326 miles, a top speed of 135 mph, and makes the sprint to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
  • Performance: The sportier option costs $60,990, and although it gets a lower range of 303 miles, it makes up for it in performance upgrades. The crossover accelerates to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, has a higher top speed, and comes with bigger wheels, better brakes, and a lowered suspension.

There’s also a more affordable Standard Range model that Tesla briefly sold starting in January. Elon Musk said on Twitter it’s still available as an off-menu option.

Buyers can shell out an extra $1,000 for a tow hitch, $1,000 for a white interior, and $3,000 for third-row seating. A non-white paint job costs $1,000 to $2,000, while bigger rims command $2,000.

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Tesla is about to reveal how many cars it sold in the first quarter of 2021 – here’s what to expect

Tesla
Tesla is on track to deliver more than 800,000 cars in 2021, according to Wall Street analysts.

  • Tesla will announce how many cars it sold in the first three months of 2021 as soon as Thursday.
  • Wall Street estimates range from around 152,000 to 174,000 deliveries, with a consensus of 172,000.
  • The semiconductor shortage, redesigned vehicles, and a production pause may have slowed production.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Tesla is set to release first quarter delivery figures as soon as Thursday, and Wall Street largely expects Elon Musk’s automaker to match its strong output from the final stretch of 2020.

Analyst consensus is that Tesla will deliver 173,800 vehicles in the three months ended March 31, though estimates range from 151,000 to 174,000 total.

In the final quarter of 2020, Tesla sold more than 180,000 of its Model S, 3, X, and Y vehicles to customers as it raced to meet a 500,000-unit goal set forth by Musk earlier in the year. The carmaker ultimately delivered 499,550 cars in 2020

Investors expect Tesla will build significantly more cars in 2021. Consensus sits at 831,000 units as the company continues to accelerate production at its existing factories, and add new production lines in Germany and Texas.

Read more: 26-year-old Austin Russell is out to prove Elon Musk wrong about lidar. Here’s how to nail an interview with Luminar, his booming startup.

But 2021 began with hurdles for Tesla. In January, CFO Zachary Kirkhorn warned of potential first quarter headwinds, including a redesigned Model S sedan and Model X crossover and an ongoing shortage in semiconductors that has hampered global auto production for all of 2021. A two-week break in production at Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory may have also impacted deliveries.

However, Kirkhorn said, accelerated production of the Model Y at Tesla’s Shanghai plant would be a boon for delivery volumes. The carmaker is building two additional factories – one in Berlin, Germany, and one in Austin, Texas – that are expected to greatly expand its production capacity in 2021 and in years to come.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley project that Tesla’s manufacturing capacity will reach 1.3 million units by the end of 2021, 3 million units by 2025, and nearly 5.5 million by 2030.

The deliveries announcement will come at a critical time for Tesla, amid a wider selloff in the EV space and as the electric-car maker looks to prove to investors that it can continue to scale up production worldwide while avoiding some of the quality-control issues that have plagued it in the past.

The carmaker, a dominant force in EVs for years, is also facing down more competitors than ever before. Ford launched its first mass-market battery-powered vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E, in late 2020, while Volkswagen began delivering its inaugural US-market EV, the ID.4, in March. Upstarts Rivian and Lucid plan to deliver their first vehicles by summer.

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Tesla just hiked prices by up to $10,000 – here’s how much each model will set you back

Model Y Side Blue
Elon Musk’s electric automaker currently sells four models in a wide range of trims.

  • Tesla sells four models – the Model S, 3, X, and Y – in several different trim levels.
  • Options for them include different interior colors, extra seats, and performance packages.
  • Teslas range in price from roughly $40,000 to $150,000.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Tesla is known to quietly raise and lower is prices whenever it sees fit.

In October, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dropped the price of the Model S sedan to $69,420 after rival Lucid announced its sedan would start at $69,900. And on Thursday, the company hiked the price for four of its models by up to $10,000.

With price changes happening left and right, it can be tough to keep track of it all. People shopping for a new Tesla can consult this guide to understand the latest prices of the Tesla Model S, 3, X, and Y, and how the models stack up.

Although add-ons vary between models, any Tesla can be optioned with the $10,000 “full self-driving” driver-assistance package, which doesn’t currently make Teslas fully autonomous.

Model S

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model S.

Launched in 2012, the Model S sedan is Tesla’s longest-running model. The luxury four-door got an overhaul at the top of 2021, which included an updated exterior and a controversial new steering yoke. It’s the choice for EV buyers who have a little more to spend and don’t want a crossover.

Here’s how each Model S breaks down:

  • Long Range: For $79,990, the base Model S delivers an estimated range of 375 miles, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds.
  • Plaid: The $119,990 Model S Plaid, whose name is a reference to the movie “Space Balls,” travels 350 miles on a charge, hits a top speed of 200 mph, and sprints to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds, Tesla says. Both Plaid models have three motors good for more than 1,000 horsepower.
  • Plaid Plus: The $149,990 Plaid Plus is the most advanced Model S yet. Tesla says it will do 0-60 mph in under two seconds, has a top speed of 200 mph, and has a range of more than 520 miles. Deliveries are set to start in 2022.

A paint color other than white will run you $1,500 to $2,500, 21-inch wheels cost $4,500, and a white or off-white interior costs $2,500.

Model 3

Tesla Model 3 update
Tesla Model 3.

With the debut of the Model 3 in 2017, Tesla made good on its promise to build a more affordable vehicle than the Model S or Model X that came before it. And since it launched, the Model 3 has proved wildly successful, becoming both Tesla’s most popular model and the overall best-selling EV in the world in 2020.

The Model 3 comes in three flavors:

  • Standard Range Plus: The $37,490 base Model 3 gets an estimated range of 263 miles, a top speed of 140 mph, and a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds.
  • Long Range: The $46,490 Long Range model has an EPA-estimated range of 353 miles
  • Performance: For $55,990, the sporty Model 3 Performance delivers a 315-mile range, a top speed of 162 mph, and a 0-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds. It also has a lowered suspension, better brakes, and 20-inch wheels as standard.

A paint color other than white will set you back $1,000 to $2,000, 19-inch rims cost $1,500, and a white interior – as opposed to the standard black – costs a $1,000 premium.

Read more: Don’t blame bitcoin for Tesla’s stock slide – it’s high-time faithful investors took some profits

Model X

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X.

The Model X crossover is Tesla’s second-oldest model behind the Model S. It hit the market in 2015.

There are two versions of the Model X:

  • Long Range: For $89,990, the dual-motor base Model X delivers 350 miles of estimated range and a 155-mph top speed.
  • Plaid: The $119,990 Plaid version steps things up a notch with three motors that Tesla says put out 1,020 horsepower. Tesla says the high-performance crossover will have a 330-mile range and a 0-60-mph time of 2.5 seconds when deliveries start in May.

Like on Tesla’s other vehicles, a white paint job comes standard – black, silver, blue, or red will run you $1,500 to $2,500. Five seats come standard, and a six-seat or seven-seat layout costs $6,500 and $3,500, respectively.

A white or cream interior costs $2,000, while bigger rims go for $5,500.

Model Y

Model Y Sunset White
Tesla Model Y.

Starting deliveries in early 2020, the Model Y compact crossover is Tesla’s newest vehicle. It’s based on the same platform as the Model 3, but has more cargo capacity, rides higher, and has a general shape more like the Model X. It’s proving to be a hot seller just like its sedan sibling.

The Model Y comes in two versions:

  • Long Range: The $49,990 base vehicle has an EPA-estimated range of 326 miles, a top speed of 135 mph, and makes the sprint to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
  • Performance: The sportier option costs $60,990, and although it gets a lower range of 303 miles, it makes up for it in performance upgrades. The crossover accelerates to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, has a higher top speed, and comes with bigger wheels, better brakes, and a lowered suspension.

There’s also a more affordable Standard Range model that Tesla briefly sold starting in January. Elon Musk said on Twitter it’s still available as an off-menu option.

Buyers can shell out an extra $1,000 for a tow hitch, $1,000 for a white interior, and $3,000 for third-row seating. A non-white paint job costs $1,000 to $2,000, while bigger rims command $2,000.

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Tesla unveils refreshed Model S complete with an airplane-like steering wheel and an extra screen

Tesla Model S interior
Tesla Model S interior.

  • Tesla on Wednesday announced that updated versions of the Model S and Model X would arrive later this year. 
  • The sedan and crossover now have landscape-oriented screens and U-shaped steering wheels. 
  • Tesla also added new sporty trim levels to each vehicle’s lineup. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Rumors have been bubbling for years that the Tesla Model S – the company’s longest-running model – would be getting a refresh. And on Wednesday, Elon Musk’s electric automaker came through. 

Tesla teased a revamped Model S in its fourth-quarter 2020 earnings report on Wednesday, and updated its online configurator to reflect the forthcoming changes. Both the Model X and Model S are getting a full overhaul, with the new models entering production later this year, Tesla confirmed. 

“Over the past few weeks, we have been upgrading our Fremont Factory to launch the new Model S and Model X. These changes include a new powertrain (battery modules, battery packs, drive units), an entirely new interior, exterior updates and other improvements,” the company said. “Production will resume in Q1 and ramp back to full capacity over time.” 

Model X interior.
Tesla Model X interior.

Tesla has turned the sedan and SUV’s portrait-oriented touchscreens 90 degrees, so they now look like the landscape displays found in the Model Y and Model 3. The vehicles still retain a display behind the steering wheel, and get an extra one for the rear passengers built into the center console. 

Read more: Elon Musk plans to pour $100 million into tech that sucks up carbon emissions. These 4 startups are leading the way, according to top VCs.

The most striking change is that Tesla ditched the normal round steering wheel found in the Model S and Model X in favor of what it calls a “steering yoke,” a squared-off wheel that doesn’t have any stalks. The turn signals appear to have migrated to haptic-touch buttons on the steering wheel itself.

A similar style of steering wheel was found on concept versions of the upcoming Cybertruck and Roadster. 

Model S interior.
Tesla Model S interior.

The two models are getting new powertrain options as well.

For the Model S, Tesla eliminated the Performance trim and replaced it with the Plaid version. A new Plaid Plus version becomes the top-tier Model S, sporting a 520-mile range, 1,100 horsepower, and supercar-like speed and acceleration.

During Tesla’s earnings call with investors Wednesday, Musk said the new Model S and Model S Plaid would begin shipping in February, calling the latter “the fastest-accelerating car ever made that is allowed to go on roads in history”

The Model X now has a Plaid version of its own with a $119,990 sticker price and 1,020 horsepower. 

The Long Range Model S costs $79,990, the Plaid version costs $119,990, and the Plaid Plus variant commands $139,990. 

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Tesla asked to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over a safety defect involving failing touchscreens

Tesla Model S
  • Tesla was asked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall around 158,000 vehicles over faulty touchscreens, the agency said in a letter to the company Wednesday.
  • The NHTSA said the media control units on certain Tesla vehicles failed after their memory ran out, causing issues with the backup camera, defogging and defrosting settings, Autopilot system, and turn signals.
  • The issue impacted certain 2012-2018 Model S vehicles and 2016-2018 Model X vehicles, which used the NVIDIA flash memory devices that failed — after just five to six years on average.
  • Vice News first reported on the issue in October 2019, prompting the NHTSA to open an investigation in June 2020.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration sent a letter to Tesla on Wednesday asking the company to recall around 158,000 vehicles over faulty touchscreen hardware.

The agency said it was “investigating a potential safety-related defect concerning incidents of media control unit (“MCU”) failures” that had resulted in problems with the backup camera, defogging and defrosting settings, Autopilot, and turn signals.

The issue, which stemmed from the MCUs failing after exceeding their storage capacity, impacted certain 2012-2018 Model S and 2016-2018 Tesla Model X vehicles.

The touchscreens on those models are powered by an NVIDIA processor which stores data in an attached “flash memory device.” But those devices have a finite amount of storage capacity, and according to the NHTSA’s investigation, once they filled up – which happened after just 5 to 6 years, on average – they shut down, causing the MCUs to fail and creating other safety issues.

The MCU failures resulted in the rearview/backup camera screen going “black,” an inability to control defogging and defrosting settings, and the loss of some Autopilot alerts and turn signal functionality, which the agency said could “increase the risk of crash.”

The NHTSA said its Office of Defects Investigation had “tentatively concluded that the failure of the media control unit (MCU) constitutes a defect related to motor vehicle safety.” While the letter doesn’t formally require Tesla to order a recall, the automaker must submit additional justification if it decides not to, and the NHTSA can still take further action if it isn’t satisfied with Tesla’s response.

Vice News originally reported on the issue in October 2019, citing a Tesla repair expert who said: “When this burns out, you wake up to a black screen [in the car’s center console.] There’s nothing there. No climate control. You can generally drive the car, but it won’t charge.”

The NHTSA said it opened its own investigation on June 22, 2020.

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