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2021 Tesla Model S - Finally A Noteworthy Refresh

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Tesla updated the Model S for the 2021 model year with significant upgrades for the first time in almost a decade

The Model S has been around for a decade now, but Tesla didn’t bother refreshing it much over the years. It was a hit and there was no competition; so it didn’t really have to. But, that’s not the case now and the company has finally stepped up accordingly. The 2021 Model S doesn’t come with a whole lot of changes on the outside, but there is a lot of new stuff inside. Tesla will also be coming up with the Plaid model later this year and Plaid+ next year. But, otherwise, does the 2021 model get any better?

 

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This Tesla Model S Plaid Roars And Grunts Like A Dodge Hellcat!

This Tesla Model S Plaid Roars And Grunts Like A Dodge Hellcat!

The burbles of a supercharged Hellcat V-8 on a Tesla Model S Plaid is intriguing and disturbing at the same time

Switching to EVs isn’t just the next step into the future. It’s a friggin’ paradigm shift. One of the things that is putting off a lot of people is how silent EVs are. If you’ve been driving an internal combustion-engined car for decades, EVs will disappoint you in the aural department. While many governments have mandated that EVs come with external speakers to notify pedestrians about the EV approaching them, Tesla has taken this to the next level.

Tesla allows you to use any soundtrack for the external speakers, and YouTuber Brooks Weisblat from Drag Times showcases the same on his Tesla Model S Plaid. In his latest video, he has enabled the Dodge Hellcat’s sound on his Plaid and it is weirdly incomprehensible to us.

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A Remote Control Car Steps Up Against The Invincible Model S Plaid... And Defeats It!

A Remote Control Car Steps Up Against The Invincible Model S Plaid... And Defeats It!

The Model S Plaid was in a league of its own in straight-line races; until now

The folks at ‘That Racing Channel’ laid their hands on the new Tesla Model S Plaid. We’ve seen the quickest production EV in action many times, but it still manages to surprise us every single time. The Model S Plaid has slaughtered the GT-R on a drag strip in the past, and a slightly tweaked version has made short work of the Pikes Peak recently. All this made the Tesla Model S look invincible, but the car seems to finally its kryptonite. No, it’s not a high-end supercar or a new ’Performance’ (pun intended) EV; it’s a remote control car! Sounds insane, doesn’t it?

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Does The Tesla Model S Stand Any Chance Against An F1 Car On A Drag Strip?

Does The Tesla Model S Stand Any Chance Against An F1 Car On A Drag Strip?

The Tesla Model S is quicker off the line, but let’s not forget its going up against an F1 car

Tesla cars have been putting fuel-powered supercars and sports cars to shame in straight-line races for many years now. With the introduction of the Model S Plaid, Tesla took it to the next level. Before the Model S Plaid, the Model S Performance was the epitome of speed and agility. We know how it takes on the likes of Ferraris and Porsches, but how will it perform against an F1 car? The folks at Driven decided to test and it actually made for an interesting encounter.

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Ride Along With Randy Pobst In The Tesla Model S Plaid That Dominated Pikes Peak!

Ride Along With Randy Pobst In The Tesla Model S Plaid That Dominated Pikes Peak!

Coming back strong after last year’s crash, Randy Pobst has set the quickest time recorded in the Exhibition Class this year in his Tesla Model S Plaid

This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb had spectators, but the weather played the spoilsport. That, however, didn’t dampen Randy Pobst’s spirits, who can be seen hooting while expertly carving the corners in his climb. In what was Randy’s eighth Pikes Peak appearance, he went on to win the event and also recorded the best time in the Exhibition Class. His steed for the year was a customized Tesla Model S Plaid sans the Yoke steering.

Thanks to the onboard video, we get to witness the climb from Randy’s point of view!

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A Tesla Model S Plaid Spanks the Nissan GT-R In This 1/4-Mile Drag Race

A Tesla Model S Plaid Spanks the Nissan GT-R In This 1/4-Mile Drag Race

The Model S Plaid has destroyed the Nissan GT-R in ways you can’t imagine

The Tesla Model S Plaid was launched earlier this month, and it was only a matter of time before we saw it on the drag strip. A YouTube channel with the handle ‘ICSI’ shared the video of a Tesla Model S Plaid going up against the Nissan GT-R in a quarter-mile race. While a formidable competitor to start with, the Model S Plaid made short work of the Godzilla. If you’re a GT-R fan, we warn you to proceed ahead at your own risk!

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Randy Pobst Looks Ready to Tackle Pikes Peak In This New Tesla Model S From Unplugged Performance

Randy Pobst Looks Ready to Tackle Pikes Peak In This New Tesla Model S From Unplugged Performance

Randy will be taking part in the 2021 Pikes Peak event with a Tesla… again

Tesla unveiled the Model S Plaid a week back, and a couple of days after that, Unplugged Performance revealed a race-spec version of this car. Mind you, this is the world’s fastest production car that takes just 1.99 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest. And, Unplugged Performance has gone a step ahead and created a race-spec version of this EV to take part in this year’s Pikes Peak race.

Randy Pobst, the pro racing driver from Motor Trend, will be behind the wheel. Last year, Randy piloted the Model 3 at the event, also spec’d by Unplugged Performance, but it went off the course. But, past is the past, and he’s back again to pilot another car, which is arguably much quicker, and take on the Pikes Peak challenge.

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Tesla Model S Plaid Breaks Cover With 1,000 Horses and a $130,000 Price-Tag

Tesla Model S Plaid Breaks Cover With 1,000 Horses and a $130,000 Price-Tag

The Model S Plaid can sprint from 0-60 mph in under two seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph

Tesla took the performance capabilities of the Model S to the next level when it announced the specs for the Plaid and the Plaid+ models. The latter was scrapped a few days back, so for now, the only new trim coming to the fore is the Plaid. Tesla officially showcased and launched the car at an event that also saw 25 Tesla Model S Plaid being delivered to customers.

The Tesla Model S comes with some really impressive specs. Some of these include 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds, quarter-mile in 9.23 seconds, 390 miles of range, etc. But, all these impressive things will burn a hole in your pocket as the Model S Plaid starts at $130,000; $50,000 over the other Model S trim.

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This Audi-RS-Powered VW Golf R Is Pure Performance Gold

This Audi-RS-Powered VW Golf R Is Pure Performance Gold

This VW Golf R has the most unusual and yet sensible engine swap ever done to a car

In the world of modifying cars, engine swaps are almost as common as mustard on a hot dog. You have the mainstream ones, like Chevrolet LS swaps, which is perfectly understandable, as they have the tuning potential and fit in just about any engine bay. Of course, you have the Toyota JZ or Nissan RB-series swaps, which are almost exclusive to the JDM spectrum of cars. The one, shown in this YouTube video by Gumbal, is a bit odd because it’s a Golf R with a modified 2.5-liter inline-five engine from Audi.

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2021 Tesla Model S - Finally A Noteworthy Refresh

2021 Tesla Model S - Finally A Noteworthy Refresh

Tesla updated the Model S for the 2021 model year with significant upgrades for the first time in almost a decade

The Model S has been around for a decade now, but Tesla didn’t bother refreshing it much over the years. It was a hit and there was no competition; so it didn’t really have to. But, that’s not the case now and the company has finally stepped up accordingly. The 2021 Model S doesn’t come with a whole lot of changes on the outside, but there is a lot of new stuff inside. Tesla will also be coming up with the Plaid model later this year and Plaid+ next year. But, otherwise, does the 2021 model get any better?

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Watch the Audi RS E-Tron GT, Porsche Taycan, and the Tesla Model S Go Up Against Each Other On A Drag Strip

Watch the Audi RS E-Tron GT, Porsche Taycan, and the Tesla Model S Go Up Against Each Other On A Drag Strip

There was no clear winner as all the three EVs, the Audi RS E-Tron GT, the Tesla Model S, and the Porsche Taycan, had their moments to shine

The Tesla Model S has been obliterating other cars on the drag strips for years now. But, can it beat two of the hottest EVs as well? The folks at Carwow brought the Model S in its Performance avatar to the drag strip to take on the German duo of Audi E-Tron GT and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. The Germans are priced significantly higher than the Tesla Model S. But does that mean they are also quicker, faster, and more powerful?

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Tesla's Sales Could Sky Rocket If This New GREEN Act Is Passed By The Biden Administration

Tesla’s Sales Could Sky Rocket If This New GREEN Act Is Passed By The Biden Administration

Tesla cars would be eligible for federal taxes again, thus nullifying the biggest advantage other EV makers hold over it currently

Electrification is happening whether you like it or not, but the government is trying to make the deal sweeter for you. In the States, there is a federal tax credit of $7,500 capped for 200,000 EVs for every automaker. Until now, Tesla and GM have surpassed that cap and you can’t get the credit if you purchase EVs from this brand. However, a new Bill from the Biden Administration could change that.

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Tesla Model S vs. A 620HP BMW 3 Series E46 - Can Electricity Prove Superior?

Tesla Model S vs. A 620HP BMW 3 Series E46 - Can Electricity Prove Superior?

Godzilla vs Mothra - American Style

Since Electric vehicles stormed the car market, many fans of the internal combustion engine have been challenging what is expected to eventually become the mainstream propulsion for future vehicles. Another rivalry between electricity and coal fuel comes courtesy of the official YouTube channel of the Hoonigans, where things are all about…well, hooning.

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Tesla Lost More Than $1,700 For Every Car Delivered In 2020

Tesla Lost More Than $1,700 For Every Car Delivered In 2020

If it wasn’t for regulatory credits, Tesla would have posted a huge loss in 2020

Automakers are in business to make money. This statement holds true for everyone from Mercedes-AMG to Ford, Chevy, and even Tesla. However, everything isn’t always peachy in the automotive economy, and today we’re here to talk about how Tesla is a prime example of that. To make a long story short, Tesla would have posted a major loss – to the tune of more than $800 million – if it wasn’t for a massive amount of regulatory credits. 2020 might have worked out for Tesla on paper, but its current business model won’t keep it from going under in the long run. How do I know? Well, Telsa actually lost $1,759 for every car it delivered in 2020.

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The New Tesla Model S' Yoke-Like Half Steering Wheel Probably Isn't Going To Happen

The New Tesla Model S’ Yoke-Like Half Steering Wheel Probably Isn’t Going To Happen

Admittedly, the yoke is a nice trick but do not hold your breath on seeing it in production

Last week’s biggest news came from yours truly Tesla, who announced that the Model S and X will be going under the scalpel for much-needed nip and tuck. The highlight of said nip and tuck was the yoke-style steering wheel which is certainly an enticing feature for Tesla die-hards and at the same time, something that might not see fruition.

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The Refreshed 2021 Tesla Model S Is One Step Closer to Spaceship Status

The Refreshed 2021 Tesla Model S Is One Step Closer to Spaceship Status

It still won’t fly away in a traffic jam, though

When Tesla shut down production on the Model X and S lines in December 2020, rumors started swirling that the company is looking to revamp its two EVs. This time, the rumors were true and here we are looking at the refreshed Model S and its new yoke-style steering wheel.

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2021 Tesla Model S Convertible By Ares Design

2021 Tesla Model S Convertible By Ares Design

This Tesla Model S goes for a chop-chop and loses its roof and the rear doors

Custom-made electric vehicles are a trend that’s slowly picking up. They aren’t as popular as internal combustion-engined cars for now since there aren’t a lot of moving parts in EVs that you can play around with. We’ve seen some tuners crack the system to unleash more power for a much cheaper price than the company offers. Apart from playing with the mechanicals, some aftermarket companies have worked on the body of EVs as well. From equipping it body kits and turning them into station wagons, we’ve seen it all already.

Now, however, a company called Ares Designs has transformed a Tesla Model S into a convertible. This isn’t the first time we’re seeing a convertible Tesla, but it is arguably the cleanest one we’ve seen.

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Can The Tesla Model S Really Take Down the Aston Martin DBS In A Drag Race?

Can The Tesla Model S Really Take Down the Aston Martin DBS In A Drag Race?

This is an epic showdown between two electric motors and a 12-cylinder one

Tesla has taken down cars from many high-end brands, but there aren’t too many instances where it has gone up against Aston Martin. Courtesy of AutoTrader, we have a face-off between the two companies. Representing Tesla is the Model S Performance, and from Aston Martin’s corner, we have the DBS Superleggera Volante. The latter is in the same league as the McLaren 720S and Ferrari 488, so this will make for an interesting battle.

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The Tesla Model S and Model X Might Get Refreshed After All

The Tesla Model S and Model X Might Get Refreshed After All

Both these models have been long in the tooth and a refresh could give the sales volume a boost

While Tesla keeps rolling out over-the-air updates frequently, it has never really refreshed the Model S and the Model X. The Model 3 is an exception, but even that didn’t come with any major changes. There have been no real facelifts so far, no new generations; just software updates. It didn’t matter until now because none of its products had real competition, but it looks like times are changing and Tesla is feeling the heat.

According to Electrek, Tesla is planning to refresh the Model S and the Model X after all. The production lines for these two models have been shut down longer than expected, thus hinting at a design refresh. High time!

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This V-8 Tesla Swap Came Together Quite Nicely

This V-8 Tesla Swap Came Together Quite Nicely

It is on the brink of becoming the first successful EV-to-V-8 swap ever

In case you missed it, Rich Rebuilds started a Tesla V-8 swap sometime back and uploaded a video about the same. What makes this swap unique is that people have converted internal combustion-engined cars to EVs, but not the other way around. Some folks have attempted it, but none have managed to reach completion. Rich embarked on the same journey, but he has managed to successfully plonk a V-8 engine under the hood (or the frunk, if you’re a stickler for terminologies) of the Tesla.

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The World's First V-8-Swapped Tesla Model S Is In The Works

The World’s First V-8-Swapped Tesla Model S Is In The Works

So far, no one has completed a conversion like this successfully

We’ve seen a lot of internal combustion-engined cars converted to electric cars. It isn’t as complicated as going the other way round. In fact, no one has successfully managed to convert an EV to a fuel-powered vehicle ever… until now. Rich Rebuilds, the YouTuber known to work on discarded, damaged Teslas, is here with a ridiculous project that no one has ever finished – plonking an internal combustion engine in a Tesla. But, Rich is on the verge of achieving it by swapping the electric powertrain with a V-8 engine.

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Watch in Amazement As a Tesla Model S Fights It Out With a Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Watch in Amazement As a Tesla Model S Fights It Out With a Lamborghini Huracan Performante

This is more lopsided than we expected!

Since the dawn of electric vehicles, all the records set by internal combustion-engined supercars and hypercars are in danger. The same applies to drag races and quarter-mile runs, too. We’ve seen numerous races where EVs have obliterated some of the most beloved fuel-powered counterparts.

Here’s another race where a V-10 takes on a dual-motor setup. We’re talking about the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and the Tesla Model S. Both the cars are closely matched in terms of performance, but the race wasn’t as close as expected. Will the Italian bull touch the finish line first, or will the silent assassin prevail?

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Tesla Cars Might Be Getting Cheaper, But Supercharging Is Getting More Expensive

Tesla Cars Might Be Getting Cheaper, But Supercharging Is Getting More Expensive

What Tesla gives, Tesla also takes

Tesla’s pricing for its models is going down, but the automaker is making up from those prospective losses by raising the prices for using its Supercharger network. That appears to be the case after a report from the Aussie website CarExpert indicated that charging at any of Tesla’s 35 Supercharger stations in the Land Down Under will now cost AUD0.52 (USD0.37) per kilowatt-hour. That’s an increase from the AUD0.42/kWh (USD0.30) that Tesla was charging as recently as September. Since 2017, the cost of charging a Tesla in Australia has gone up by as much as 23 percent, and with Tesla’s model price cuts continuing, don’t expect the cost of using the Supercharger network to flatten out, either.

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You Probably Can't Take the Tesla Model S Plaid To The Track

You Probably Can’t Take the Tesla Model S Plaid To The Track

Most Tracks Will Probably Render the Tesla Model S Plaid a Liability Without Some Extreme Modification

With what we’re guessing to be a 130-kWh battery, 1,100 horsepower, and a 0-60 mph sprint of less than two seconds, the Tesla Model S Plaid is – probably – the most extreme production car of the year. It is at least three-tenths of a second faster than the Model S performance and nearly two seconds quicker than the base Long Range Plus model. Add in the 200-mph top speed, and you have the most impressive electric vehicle made thus far and something that could be quite dangerous if left in the wrong hands, and that’s kind of what we’re here to talk about today.

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The Tesla Model S Plaid Is Astronomically Expensive

The Tesla Model S Plaid Is Astronomically Expensive

The Tesla Model S Plain is impressive in every aspect, but it also costs a whopping $140,000

The highly anticipated Plaid version of the Tesla Model S was unveiled by Elon Murk at the company’s Battery Day event on September 20. Musk announced the car’s specs, and since then, the range-topping version was added to the Model S’ online configurator. The Model S Plaid is mighty impressive when it comes to performance and range, but it’s also incredibly expensive, costing twice as much as the Long Range model and some $45,000 more than the Performance version. It’s also the only Model S that fetches more than $100,000 before options.

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Tesla Driver in Canada Earns Criminal Charges After Sleeping With Autopilot Engaged

Tesla Driver in Canada Earns Criminal Charges After Sleeping With Autopilot Engaged

Let this be a lesson all Tesla Model S owners; don’t sleep and let the Model S drive

A strange incident happened in Canada recently involving a couple of people, two seats that were “fully reclined,” and a Tesla Model S that was driving 140 km/h (87 mph) on Autopilot. As a report from Canada’s federal police goes, a Tesla Model S driver was cited for a dangerous driving charge after he was caught sleeping with his seat “fully reclined” as his Model S was running at high speeds on one of the country’s highways. The Alberta RCMP was alerted of the incident by a commuter who noticed that both front seats were completely reclined, and both occupants appeared to be sleeping. Responding officers pursued the self-driving electric sedan until it stopped. In addition to the dangerous driving charge, the driver also received a speeding ticket for deciding to take a nap while he was on the road. As stories of Tesla’s Autopilot systems go, this one ranks up there as one of the most surreal incidences involving Tesla’s self-driving technology. Fortunately, the driver’s recklessness didn’t result in any car crashes or accidents, only a few punishments for his unparalleled recklessness and inanity.

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How Much Does a Tesla Cost?

How Much Does a Tesla Cost?

You’ll need to prepare your bank accounts if you want to buy a Tesla

Tesla is, without question, one of the most popular automakers today. The California-based electric car company boasts a sexy — no pun intended — lineup of EVs, ranging from the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. It also has several models in the pipeline, including the Cybertruck, Semi, and the new Roadster. Tesla’s appeal as a car brand is palpable in the streets. You see one, and your eyes immediately gravitate towards the vehicle, as if it’s asking why you haven’t bought a Tesla yet. There, though, lies the rub. See Tesla’s are expensive. The entry-level Model 3 starts at $37,990, but that’s without the myriad of options, accessories, and add-ons that you’re going to be compelled to buy to make the ownership experience worth it. Ultimately, you’re going to have to spend at least $50,000 to get a loaded Tesla Model 3, and that price hits six figures when you opt for the Model S and Model X. So, how much does a Tesla cost when you factor in all the options that are available to a specific model? We took a look at each model that’s out on the market and those that have yet to arrive to give you a clearer picture of how you have to spend.

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Shaq and the Tesla Model S - Not a Match Made in Heaven

Shaq and the Tesla Model S - Not a Match Made in Heaven

In Tesla’s defense, the Model S isn’t the first car that the 7’1" NBA star couldn’t slide into

Shaquille O’Neal needs no introduction. The four-time NBA champion is one of the most renowned and celebrated basketball players of all time. As a sports fan, you will surely be amazed by his career stats. But, as an automotive nut – whether you care to admit or not – you’d have wondered how can this man get into cars.

His tall stature means he can’t enjoy the low seating and the not-so-big dimensions of any hot hatch or sedan. And, the Tesla Model S, despite its spacious interior, is no exception. A TikTok video posted by Anthony C.Hall proves exactly that. After finally making his way inside, Shaq had a piece of advice for Tesla’s CEO - “Elon, you wanna make a big boy Tesla?”

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Here's Why You Should and Shouldn't Buy a Tesla

Here’s Why You Should and Shouldn’t Buy a Tesla

Weigh in the pros and cons and make the educated decision

There’s no denying that Tesla has changed the face of the EV industry. The company has forced other automakers to take this segment seriously. However, Tesla has the most loyal and most critical followers when compared to other brands. On one hand, you have people praising the brand and putting it on the pedestal, on the other you have people criticizing it in the worst way possible. But whether you like it or hate it, you can’t ignore it.

Given all the stuff you hear about Tesla, you might be confused about whether to opt for one or not if you’re out there to buy a car or an SUV. Well, we’re giving you five reasons each on why you should buy a Tesla and why you shouldn’t.

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Cheetah Stance Has Brought the Tesla Model S In Line With the Porsche Taycan

Cheetah Stance Has Brought the Tesla Model S In Line With the Porsche Taycan

Same performance for half the price makes the Tesla Model S a far superior value proposition

The Model S is the ultimate performer in Tesla’s lineup. Thanks to Tesla’s constant over-the-air updates, the EV is breaking barriers and challenging cars that are known to be hardcore performance cars. It is one of the quickest cars even in the EV segment, but it was still behind the much-more expensive Porsche Taycan. The difference wasn’t a lot though, and Tesla has managed to come in line with the German, courtesy of the Cheetah Stance. Point – Tesla.

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S3XY Drag Race Putting the Model 3 Up Against the Model X, Model Y, and Model S

S3XY Drag Race Putting the Model 3 Up Against the Model X, Model Y, and Model S

S3XY Drag Race Putting the Model 3 Up Against the Model X, Model Y, and Model S

We’ve already seen various Teslas beat the many of the internal-combustion engine supercars with utmost ease. So, it’s not wrong to say that these silent machines are explosive beasts on a drag strip. But, how do they perform when pitted against each other? Throttle House brought the S3XY range – Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y together on a drag strip to see where each model stands within the family. Let the games begin!

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A New Evidence-Lacking Report Suggests Tesla Has Conspired to Hide Fire-Causing Battery Problems

A New Evidence-Lacking Report Suggests Tesla Has Conspired to Hide Fire-Causing Battery Problems

Leaked Tesla emails from 2012 suggest that the automaker knew about design flaws in the Tesla Model S’ battery pack

An article on Business Insider has hit the surface suggesting that when Tesla rolled out the Model S from its Fremont factory back in 2012, it knew about a potential design flaw that could lead to battery packs catching fire.

The author hasn’t provided evidence for the same, but if true, this is a serious issue that could bring Tesla under scrutiny and hurt its credibility to a large extent.

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Tesla Model S Officially Becomes The First EV To Boast A 400-Plus Mile Range

Tesla Model S Officially Becomes The First EV To Boast A 400-Plus Mile Range

This is a big achievement not just for Tesla, but for EVs in general as well

Tesla now holds the bragging rights to be the first EV automaker to offer a 400-plus mile range on the Model S. Musk had already announced this during the first quarter’s earnings call earlier this year.

During this call, he had claimed that the Tesla Model S has achieved an official 400-mile range as per EPA ratings, but it wasn’t made official due to the agency’s fault. After a few rounds of blame-game and mud-slinging, Tesla has finally won the battle and announced the result on Twitter and updated the Model S’ official page with an EPA rating of 402 miles. Elon Musk must be a happy man now.

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Tesla Slashes Prices For Model S, Model 3, and Model X

Tesla Slashes Prices For Model S, Model 3, and Model X

Tesla cars just got cheaper by up to $5,000!

Tesla has reduced the prices of its three most popular models in what seems to be an attempt to revive demand and sales. Riding on the back of a fairly successful quarter, Tesla is looking to repeat the feat at a time when many automakers are even struggling to break even.

The electric automaker has lowered the price of the Model 3 by $2,000, the Model S and Model X by $5,000. The Model Y doesn’t get a price cut, which makes sense considering it’s a newly-launched product.

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Tesla Model S Performance With The 'Cheetah Stance' Sets A New Quarter-Mile Record

Tesla Model S Performance With The ’Cheetah Stance’ Sets A New Quarter-Mile Record

We’re pretty sure this record will be broken soon

Tesla updated its Launch Mode recently and even introduced the ‘Cheetah Stance’ on the Model S and the Model X. The company sent out over-the-air updates for the same, but before it could be tested widely in the real world, the pandemic brought everything to a halt.

Now that things are slowly opening up, we have the first result in. A Model S Performance set a new quarter-mile record thanks to this update. The car in question completed the sprint in 10.45 seconds. How cool is that?

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Tesla Model S Could Become The First Car To Have An EPA-Rated Range Of Over 400 Miles

Tesla Model S Could Become The First Car To Have An EPA-Rated Range Of Over 400 Miles

Musk says it would’ve already been official if not for a mistake on EPA’s side

Elon Musk surprised many people by announcing a profitable first quarter amid the pandemic. During this call, he also claimed that the Tesla Model S has achieved an official 400-mile range as per EPA ratings, but it wasn’t made official due to a fault during testing. Currently, the Model S Long Range Plus is rated at 391 miles, but Musk says as soon testing opens, the Model S will be tested again and it will achieve a rating of over 400 miles.

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Did You Know That All Of Tesla's Products Are Acronymized To Spell SEXY CARS?

Did You Know That All Of Tesla’s Products Are Acronymized To Spell SEXY CARS?

It was right there staring at us in the face all this while

Back in February this year, Tesla took part in the Scaled Machine Learning Conference. Tesla’s Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence Andrej Karpathy gave a presentation on the use of artificial intelligence for full self driving.

While the whole presentation is informative and throws light on Tesla’s scaling machine learning models, data algorithms, and infrastructure, there was one particular slide that caught our attention. This showed the whole Tesla range consisting of eight products and the font used to depict them spells out as SEXY CARS. Is this a mere coincidence or an intentional wordplay?

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The Model S Performance Now Does a 2.3-Second Sprint to 60 MPH

The Model S Performance Now Does a 2.3-Second Sprint to 60 MPH

That’s an improvement of 0.2 seconds for any Raven-equipped Model S Performance

Tesla Model S was fast, and now it’s gotten even faster. The company has quietly updated the Raven-equipped Model S Performance’s 0-60 mph figures on its website from 2.5 seconds to 2.3 seconds.

The automaker makes changes official on its website only once they have updated the product. Electrek reports that Tesla sent out an e-mail to Model S Performance owners intimating them about this update. This means the cars that will be sold from now on – and perhaps even examples from the previous months – will boast faster acceleration.

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The Man Behind the Tesla Model S Says the Lucid Air Sedan is Better

The Man Behind the Tesla Model S Says the Lucid Air Sedan is Better

Can he replicate the same success with the Lucid Air?

Peter Rawlinson has worked for many big automotive companies in his career. He has worked as the Principal Engineer at Jaguar, Chief Engineer of Advanced Engineering at Lotus, and most recently, as the Chief Engineer who made the Tesla Model S what it is today. Presently, he’s associated with Lucid where he looks after the same stuff along with looking after the company as the CEO and CTO.

MotorTrend spoke to him recently about his time at Tesla and his current projects, and Rawlinson went on to say that his upcoming sedan, the Lucid Air, is better than the Tesla Model S. Given the man’s stellar reputation and the work he’s done in the past, will the Air dethrone Tesla and be the new premium electric sedan?

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Here's How to Put A Bigger Motor Into A Tesla Model S 75D

Here’s How to Put A Bigger Motor Into A Tesla Model S 75D

Had he opted for a trade-in instead, he would’ve ended up paying $50,000 more than the conversion cost

Rich Rebuilds is famous for its EV mods and for fixing flood-affected Teslas. For his most recent project, he converted a friend’s Model S 75D into a P100DL. His friend wanted to trade in his 75D for a P100DL, but the options were pretty expensive.

That’s when he reached out to Rich and asked him to convert the present car to a much more powerful and efficient one. All said and done, this conversion was successful and it cost him one third of the price of a new P100D altogether.

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You Will Soon Be Able To Perfectly Launch Your Tesla With The "Cheetah Stance"

You Will Soon Be Able To Perfectly Launch Your Tesla With The "Cheetah Stance"

The mode will lower the front end, raise the rear, and send full power to the wheels for a strong launch

Musk had announced last year that the Cybertruck will be Tesla’s last new product in the near future. This year, the automaker will look to work on technologies and other such stuff. Planning for the production of the Cybertruck could’ve also been one of the reasons. That said, Tesla has been proactive in rolling out new features and tech on its cars lately. It recently revealed a new exciting Track Package and Track Mode V2 for the Model 3 Performance. Now, Tesla is working on something called the “Cheetah Stance” that will help the driver get the perfect launch. Will this be rolled out to the existing cars as an update, too?

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2021 BMW i4 vs 2020 Tesla Model S

2021 BMW i4 vs 2020 Tesla Model S

The i4 needs to things out-of-the box to prove its mettle and beat Tesla at its own game

BMW finally revealed the BMW i4, digitally, at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show. Although it was a concept, it previewed what we can expect from the production version that slated to launch in 2021. To put it simply, the i4 will essentially be a 4 Series GT with an electric powertrain. From what we know so far, the i4 seems to be a strong competitor, but does it have enough to go up against the Tesla Model S? Let’s compare them both and see what the differences between the Tesla Model S and BMW i4 are, and why those differences matter.

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Tesla Model S and Model X Long Range Plus - What You Need to Know

Tesla Model S and Model X Long Range Plus - What You Need to Know

Not just the new models, but the ones manufactured in recent months will also receive this upgrade at no extra cost via over-the-air updates

Earlier this year, Musk said that Tesla will focus on its technologies instead of rolling out new products, and it looks like we’re already seeing glimpses of it. Tesla updated the Model S and Model X offerings and now offer better-than-before range figures.

The Model S now delivers an estimated EPA range of 390 miles on a single charge, whereas the Model X delivers 351 miles. This is an upgrade of 17 and 23 miles respectively over the previous update. Well, Musk suggested that the Model S will soon deliver over 400 miles of range, so, this is a good start, to say the least.

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Tesla's Stock Price Surged By 20 Percent In A Single Day

Tesla’s Stock Price Surged By 20 Percent In A Single Day

This is the biggest one-day gain for Tesla since 2013

In a marketplace where companies are finding it hard to compete against one another to maintain steadiness and consistency, Tesla is in a league of its own. The Musk-led company’s stock shot up by 20 percent in a single day, which happens to be its biggest gain in one day since 2013.

The spike happened courtesy of Panasonic’s earnings in its U.S. battery business with Tesla. Tesla stocks are trading at $780 at the time of writing. To put things into perspective, TSLA shares traded at $354 the day the Cybertruck was launched in November, and in just over two months, the prices have more than doubled. Guess it’s time to invest in Tesla if you haven’t already.

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Tesla News Roundup For The Week of Jan 6, 2019

Tesla News Roundup For The Week of Jan 6, 2019

The biggest news was from the company’s latest Gigafactory 4 in Germany

There is always something new happening in the world of Tesla. This year, we won’t be seeing any new products from the company, but instead, they will be focusing on expanding their technology base. Tesla is rolling out numerous over-the-air updates that are keeping the Tesla owners and enthusiasts quite interested all the time. Not to mention, the products also remain fresh this way, thus giving Musk and his company some breathing room from developing new products. Here are the major updates from Tesla this week.

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Tesla Delays Some U.S. Deliveries; Costing the Unfortunate $1,875 in the Process

Tesla Delays Some U.S. Deliveries; Costing the Unfortunate $1,875 in the Process

The federal tax credit benefit on Tesla vehicles expires on December 31, 2019

Tesla and controversies go hand-in-hand and here’s some more controversy from Musk’s company. Tesla has pushed some of the deliveries of its cars that were originally scheduled to be deliver this year to next year, thus costing many owners a federal tax credit of $1,875.

During every financial quarter, Tesla tried to push out as many cars as possible to showcase better results, but this time, even the customers were in a rush to take deliveries up to the 31st of December to avail the tax credit. However, Electrek says that several U.S. buyers were asked to either take deliveries early next year without the credit or cancel their orders. Well, it’s clearly not a good situation to be in.

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High-Mileage Tesla Model S P100D Matches Wits With Almost-New Tesla Model 3 Performance

High-Mileage Tesla Model S P100D Matches Wits With Almost-New Tesla Model 3 Performance

It’s not as silly of a race as you’d expect

On the surface, racing a Tesla Model S P100D against a Tesla Model 3 Performance has all the makings of a lopsided affair. The Model S P100D is vastly more powerful than the Model 3 Performance. But the specifics of this particular race that YouTube channel DragTimes organized between the two Teslas aren’t normal, specifically as it relates to the age of the two models. The Model 3 Performance is an almost brand-new model, but the Model S P100D is a three-year-old model with 96,000 miles in its odometer. Do the Model S P100D’s age and high mileage have an effect on its performance capabilities relative to the almost brand-new Model 3 Performance? DragTimes tried to find out and the results are interesting, to say the least.

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Hacker Uncovers a Huge List of Video Streaming Apps Coming to Tesla Cars, Including HBO and Comedy Central

Hacker Uncovers a Huge List of Video Streaming Apps Coming to Tesla Cars, Including HBO and Comedy Central

Is this an indication that all these streaming apps will be available in Tesla models in the future?

A variety of entertainment options could be headed to Tesla’s in-car entertainment system after a hacker discovered assets within the automaker’s operating system. These assets were identified as several new streaming apps, including HBO, Twitch, Comedy Central, and even Chinese video hosting service YouKu.

Though no confirmation has been given on Tesla’s plans for these assets, their existence within the company’s operating system suggests that Tesla is considering adding these services in some future version of its software, provided that it has secured agreements with the companies that own these streaming services.

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Tesla's "Plaid Mode" T-Shirt is Actually Pretty Cool

Tesla’s "Plaid Mode" T-Shirt is Actually Pretty Cool

You can always count on Tesla’s ability to monetize anything it can think of

Tesla’s ability to monetize just about anything under the sun is back in the news. As if flamethrowers, tequilas, and branded hats aren’t enough, the Tesla is now offering a “Plaid Mode” t-shirt to commemorate the arrival of the new range-topping version of the Model S. The shirt, which is literally available in Tesla’s online shop was designed to, according to the company, “celebrate Tesla’s incredible performance mode.” It’s made from 100% cotton, and, apparently, it’s also the “next best thing to riding shotgun at the Nurburgring.” The Tesla “Plaid Mode” t-shirt is available for $35 at sizes ranging from “XS” to “XXL.” At this point, if you haven’t bought one yet, we don’t know what you’re waiting for.

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How Big is the Battery In the Tesla Model S and Model X Plaid?

How Big is the Battery In the Tesla Model S and Model X Plaid?

The Model S and Model X Plaid Could sport a battery much larger the Tesla Model S P110D

The Tesla Model S Plaid tore around Laguna Seca in just 1:36.555 and is slated to be the fastest and most powerful version of the Tesla Model S, effectively dethroning the Model S P100D. The Model X will also get the same treatment and, while we know the Model S and Model X Plaid models will be more powerful – and faster – we’ve been left in the dark in terms of battery size, at least until now, as Elon Musk has confirmed that Plaid models will, in fact, feature a larger battery. In fact, they will sort the largest battery to ever grace Tesla’s lineup.

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TopGear Drag Races the Tesla Model S Against the Porsche Taycan But the Results Are Controversial

TopGear Drag Races the Tesla Model S Against the Porsche Taycan But the Results Are Controversial

It looks like the Model S met its match in the Taycan. But did it, now?

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the sort of battle that has the potential to change the EV segment forever. So far, Tesla’s viciously quick Model S has been kicking supercars and muscle cars to the curb in drag races around the world to the delight of Elon Musk’s fanbase. However, it looks like the electric sedan has met its match and then some in the squeaky-new Porsche Taycan. TopGear took the two EVs out for a spin that culminated with both a drag race and a top speed run on the Autobahn. Let’s see how that went, shall we?

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Porsche Taycan vs. Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan vs. Tesla Model S

Comparing the giants of the high-performance EV market

After years of promises, teasers, and concept cars, Porsche finally unveiled the Taycan. A major turning point in the company’s history, the Taycan is the first Porsche with an all-electric drivetrain. What’s more, the Taycan is an EV of the high performance variety, so it goes against one of the most popular electric vehicles on the market, the Tesla Model S. A strong seller in the United States and a market leader in some European countries, the Model S is tough to beat. The big question is whether the Taycan has what it takes to give the Model S a run for its money and that’s exactly what we will find out in the comparison below.

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Tesla Model S Plaid - Everything We Know

Tesla Model S Plaid - Everything We Know

The Model S Plaid could render Ludicrous Speed obsolete

If you’ve ever wondered about the etymology of Tesla’s Ludicrous Speed upgrade for the Model S, look no further than Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, the parody of the Star Wars movie franchise that was released back in 1988. “Ludicrous Speed,” as it was called, was a unit of speed that traveled faster than “Light Speed” and “Ridiculous Speed.” It also opened the door for the next fastest form of speed in outer space, referred to only as “Plaid.” All of this is relevant only in Tesla’s world because of the upcoming arrival of the Model S Plaid. This is everything we know about it.

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Who's Responsible If a Tesla On Smart Summon Hits You or Your Car?

Who’s Responsible If a Tesla On Smart Summon Hits You or Your Car?

Not sure Smart Summon was such a good thing to release this early on

I saw an article posted by another outlet just the other day that was titled “idiots are trying to run themselves over with Their Own Tesla’s.” Like most people, I didn’t really read the article – I eventually did, and it isn’t much of an article – however, with all the dumb challenges going on these days (dumb kids eating tide pods, I’m looking at you) I found it very easily to believe people are out there jumping in front of their Tesla on Smart Summon, just to see if it will stop. As it turns out, there aren’t as many cases as I would have expected, and I’m sure they’re coming at some point, but there is one “homemade” test that we’ve posted below. Not surprisingly, the Smart Summon feature is far from perfect. This raises another question in my mind, though: Who the hell is responsible in accidents involving Tesla Smart Summon?

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