Some previous rumors and reports were lingering, suggesting the Tesla Model S was going to receive a mid-cycle refresh and facelift for the new model year, and it’s finally here.
The biggest and most prominent change to the Model S is the redesign of the front bumper, which now more closely resembles the Model X and more recently, the grille-less front of the Model 3. But instead of not putting any sort of molding whatsoever on the front like they did with the Model 3, there’s still some separation with a much more smaller outline of a grille on the front fascia.
Some minor changes happen on the inside as well such as standard front heated seats, a reworked keyless entry system, and the usual 17-inch iPad-like infotainment display. Additional options include a HEPA air-cabin filter, Alcantara trimmings, and Nappa leather. Should you live in colder climates, a special cold weather package is also available, adding heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and heated exterior washers.
The powertrain options are pretty much carried over as the base Model S 70 comes with a single electric motor good for 315hp and 325 lb-ft of twist, allowing for a 0-60 time of just 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 140 MPH. The next model up increase power to 328hp and 387 lb-ft of twist with standard all-wheel drive provided by two electric motors for a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds. Top speed is still 140 MPH. Both can travel up to 230 or 240 miles, depending on use.
The next step up would be opting for the 90D version, also with all-wheel drive and two electric motors for a total output of 417hp and 485 lb-ft of twist, resulting in a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds, a top speed of 155 MPh and a max range of 294 miles. The top-spec O90D gets two electric motors, all-wheel drive, and power figures totaling 463hp and 713 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds and a top-speed of 155 MPH. Enable Ludicrous, as long as you opt for the upgrade, and power hikes up to 532hp with a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds. Range is capped at 270 miles.
But to make things a little easier, Tesla upgraded the Model S’s charger to 48 amps to quicken recharge times.
Prices start at $71,500.
– By: Chris Chin