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Tesla Model S refresh, 2021 Cadillac Escalade driven and more: Roadshow’s week in review

Tesla Model S

Tesla’s all-electric sedan has been spotted with some impressive design tweaks.

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1.4.2021 7:57 PM
THE MODEL S, Tesla’s premium all-electric sedan, may be set for a design refresh.

The visual updates are subtle.

In addition to Updated Model S sedan , Tesla launched the Model X Plaid on Wednesday, offering very high horsepower and a completely redesigned interior.

Thanks At its three-engine configuration, the X Plaid produces a whopping 1,020 horsepower. It comes standard with ‘carbon sleeve’ brake discs, an internal drivetrain.equalization and torque vectoring technology for better handling. Tesla says the Model X Plaid can accelerate to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and hit 163 mph. These are nice improvements over the Model X Long Range, which takes 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph and has a top speed of 155 mph. However, the Long Range still has the, uh, the longest range, at around 360 miles. The Plaid, meanwhile, cuts that number down to 340 miles, which is still impressive.

Last week, YouTube channel The Kilowatts shared footage of a tweaked version of Tesla’s car, as spotted on the roads of Palo Alto. The California city is home to the company’s headquarters, and Tesla has been known to test out upcoming vehicles on nearby roads.
Here’s a look back at the best stories from the week ending Jan. 30. Welcome to the week in review, Roadshow reader. It’s the time when we take a pause and round up the best we saw from the week now behind us.

Tesla first rolled out the Model S in 2012, the company’s second-ever vehicle, with a goal of reaching a broader market than the 2008 Roadster. The firm moved even further into the mainstream with the Model 3, with an advertised starting price of $35,000, which started hitting roads in 2017. A tweaked version of the Model 3 with new wood trims in the interior started rolling out last week, following a similar rollout for the Model Y compact SUV.

Although it played a big role in the company’s growth, public comments suggested the car may not stick around for too long. In an October 2019 earnings call, CEO Elon Musk claimed the Model S and Model X SUV were still being produced for “sentimental reasons than anything else.”

PERFORMANCE BOOSTS COMING — In October 2019 a prototype high-performance “Plaid” version of the Model S was spotted at Germany’s Nürburgring. That variant featured cosmetic tweaks like a giant rear diffuser and spoiler.

At the company’s September 2020 Battery Day, Tesla detailed the “Plaid” Model S. It’s set to feature over 520 miles of battery range, a top speed of 200 mph, and 0 to 60 mph acceleration times of under two seconds. Tesla claims that the $138,490 car, set for launch in late 2021, has the “quickest 0 to 60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration of any production car ever.” On the company’s configurator website, however, the “Plaid” variant uses exactly the same image as other models.

If you missed the big Tesla news, read on for it below and check out some of the cars our editors spent time with during the week ending Jan. 30 while you’re at it.

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