• Tesla on Wednesday revealed a major redesign to its Model S electric sedan in its 2020 fourth quarter earnings report.
  • The company shared pictures of its new interior and exterior. It also introduced its “Plaid” offering, a tri-motor powertrain that would allow the car to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under 2 seconds.
  • The new Model S starts at $79,990. Its Plaid version starts at $119,990.

Tesla on Wednesday showed off a major redesign to its electric sedan, the Model S, in its 2020 fourth quarter earnings report.

The company shared pictures of its new interior and exterior of the car that’s set to launch later this year. It also introduced its “Plaid” offering, a tri-motor powertrain that would allow the car to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under 2 seconds. The new Model S starts at $79,990. Its Plaid version starts at $119,990.

The stalkless steering yoke offers the driver a better view of the digital instrument cluster, which is better integrated than before. The vertical touchscreen has been replaced by a landscape display for the infotainment system, and better late than never, rear-seat passengers have also been treated to a brand-new touchscreen for Netflix, gaming, and all that jazz.

The statement came following Tesla’s release of the Model S Plaid official specs, a car Brooks is now in line to get. Just as a quick reminder, the EV maker promises a 1.99 second 0-60 mph sprint, a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h), and a quarter-mile time of 9.23 seconds with a trap speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The first Plaid deliveries should begin in just six weeks.

And then there’s the Plaid+ Model S. The range-topper will come toward the end of the year, allowing the Plaid enough time to run havoc at the drag strip until the true daddy arrives. The Plaid+ is said to run the quarter-mile in under nine seconds thanks to an extra 100 or so hp (over the Plaid’s 1,020 hp peak power).

CEO Elon Musk said on an earnings call Wednesday that Model S Plaid was in production now and will be delivered starting in February.

“It’s really a tremendous improvement over the prior version,” Musk added.

At end of 2020 Tesla shut down production lines for the Model S and Model X in its Fremont plant to get ready to produce the updated versions of the cars, a sedan and SUV with falcon wing doors. The company said Wednesday production will resume in Q1 and “ramp back to full capacity over time.”

“Over the past few weeks, we have been upgrading our Fremont factory to launch the new Model S and Model X. These changes include a new powertrain (battery modules, battery packs, drive units), an entirely new interior, exterior updates and other improvements,” the company said in its latest earnings update released Wednesday.

Deliveries of Tesla’s Model S and X declined in 2020, and amounted to just 18,966 in the fourth quarter. Tesla does not break out vehicle sales by individual model-type.

Production of the two models dropped 10% year over year to 16,097 in the fourth quarter, according to the report.

hares dropped more than 3% in extended trading after the company reported Q4 2020 earnings. The company reported earnings per share of 80 cents on revenue of $10.74 billion. Analysts expected EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $10.4 billion.

The company also gave some production guidance going forward, writing “Over a multi-year horizon, we expect to achieve 50% average annual growth in vehicle deliveries.” The company expects faster delivery growth than that for 2021.

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