We’ve been watching Tesla develop its Plaid Model S variants at the Nurburgring over the last couple of months, and while they’ve now left for further development, the Silicone Valley tech company has set some incredible unofficial lap times. Now, these Plaid variants have been spotted on the road, and photos that have been taken indicate a possible major interior update.
Thanks to Andre Weller, who posted these photos to the Tesla Motors Subreddit, we can get a good close look through the windscreen of the Plaid Model S. Here you can see a very obvious centrally-mounted screen. It looks to be the 15″ screen that you find in the Tesla Model 3.
This is guesswork, but an interior refresh for the Model S has been expected for some time now, and a move to a more simplified Model 3-esque interior would be the logical move for Tesla. This includes the central screen and the Model 3 steering wheel, plus the lack of a screen behind it. This is backed up by the fact that the tri-motor Model S spotted at Laguna Seca was using a Model 3 wheel.
The current Model S uses a 17″ central screen which sits portrait in the centre of the dash, but information for the driver, for example speed. is shown on the screen behind the steering wheel. CEO Elon Musk insists that with his cars focussing more on Autopilot and autonomous driving, the cars don’t need such a driver-orientated interior, so moving away from this for the Model S and X is the next logical choice for the company.
We’re looking forward to see the next steps in the Plaid variants, especially after hearing about the Nurburgring time of 7:13 minutes. This sits 29 seconds faster than the Porsche Taycan, a major Tesla rival.