2021 Tesla Model S Plaid

Tesla Model S Plaid with yoke steering wheel spotted in a parking lot

Per Elon Musk, Tesla will be hosting a dedicated delivery event for the Model S Refresh in the high-performance Plaid specification on June 3. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait until then for a walkaround video of the speedy EV as the car has been spotted in a parking lot at a charging station. It appears to be a customer car judging by the license plate rather than a Tesla-owned prototype, and dare we say it looks way better compared to the images in the configurator.

A closer look reveals the Model S Plaid had the highly controversial yoke steering wheel, while the Plaid badge on the trunk lid is a discreet reminder we’re not dealing with the base Long Range model. Finished in the optional Midnight Silver Metallic ($1,500) paint and riding on the 21-inch Arachnid wheels ($4,500), this is a high-end version with the Black & White interior ($2,000).

You can have this Model S Plaid specification for around $128,000 once you factor in the optional goodies, and add an extra $10,000 for the Full Self-Driving Capability. Some would argue the car looks a bit understated for the kind of money Tesla is asking, but there are subtle upgrades such as the trunk lid spoiler denoting it is the hot version.

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Aside from the addition of a Plaid derivative and the implementation of a stalkless yoke-like steering wheel, the Model S Refresh also gets a new touchscreen for the infotainment system. You can see the 17-inch setup in the adjacent video, featuring a landscape orientation to replace the vertical setup of the older versions.

Ordering the Plaid today doesn’t mean you will have to wait a long time to drive one as Tesla’s website has the month of June as the estimated delivery time. It’s a different story for the Plaid+ as it’s currently not available to buy due to a big backlog of preorders. According to the company, new Plaid+ orders won’t be completed until mid-2022.

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