The 2021 Tesla Model S and X has just been unveiled. From the outside, the changes may seem very minor. It’s only when you dig deeper into the interior and the mechanicals where you start to see Tesla’s comprehensive changes.
Both the 2021 Tesla Model S and X are still rocking the same basic exterior design we’ve seen since they’ve debuted. The exterior changes are limited to a new front and rear bumper and new alloy wheels. Nevertheless, these updates make the Tesla Model S and X look even more futuristic than they already are.
Where Tesla implemented most of the changes is in the interior. Both the 2021 Tesla Model S and X get a fully-redesigned interior with two new screens and a shockingly new steering wheel design. The previous portrait touch screen now features landscape orientation and it features up to 10 teraflops of power. This puts Tesla’s new infotainment system graphcially on par with next-generation consoles such as the Playstation 5. As a matter of fact, famous titles such as CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 can be purchased via the Tesla Arcade.
And yes, we have to talk about the steering. The design indeed looks very futuristic and is similar KITT’s from Knight Rider. We’re curious how one would to do a three-point u-turn in this thing or even just simple parking maneuvers, considering that the steering isn’t even shaped like a wheel to begin with. Whether it’s a variable steering with a super short ratio at slow speeds or not is still unknown at this point. Also, you may have probably noticed that the steering is devoid of any stalks, which makes us even more curious how the turn signals and the gear selector works.
Other interior features of the 2021 Tesla Model S and X include a 22-speaker audio system with active noise cancelling, heated front and rear seats, tri-zone climate control with HEPA air filtration, ultraviolet and infared-rejecting glass, just to name a few. For the first time ever, the Tesla Model S also gets a full-glass roof just like in the Model 3.
Teslas have been known for their breathtaking performance and the new Model S and X are no exception. The base model (for now) is the dual-motor Long Range, which, as the name implies, has a range of 663 kilometers in a single charge for the Model S and 579 kilometers for the Model X. Zero to 100 kph happens in an already eye-watering 3.1 seconds for the Model S and a still impressive 3.8 seconds for the Model X.
If you want even more performance, there’s the 2021 Tesla Model S and X Plaid. Both models feature a tri-motor system with a combined output of a whopping 1,020 hp, enough to get the Model S from zero to 100 kph in a mind-bending 1.99 seconds and a still ludicrously fast 2.5 seconds for the Model X. Of course, range for these two models are slightly lower than the Long Range models, which is at 627 kilometers for the Model S and 547 kilometers for the Model X.
Still not satisfied? There will be a Model S Plaid+ variant, which packs an even more impressive 1,100 hp and the “quickest 0-60 mph and 1/4 mile acceleration of any production ever” according to Tesla. Not only will it be faster than the standard Plaid, but it will also have an even longer range of 837 kilometers.
The 2021 Tesla Model S and X will start shipping in the United States next month with prices starting at US$79,990 for the base Long Range Model S and US$83,190 for the base Long Range Model X.