Tesla upgrades Model S, X cars, brings backs cheaper variants

  • Tesla upgrades Model S, X cars, brings backs cheaper variants

Tesla upgrades Model S, X cars, brings backs cheaper variants

For more than a decade, Tesla engineers have been obsessed with making the world's most efficient electric vehicles. It's worth noting the changes mentioned also apply to the Model X crossover, with the Model X Long Range now getting 325 miles of range, up from 295.

To that end, Tesla has once again updated the Model S, with the biggest news being an increase in the Long Range version's, uh, range: It can now travel up to 370 miles on a charge, up from 335. (Should you doubt that claim, our colleagues at MotorTrend verified the range by driving from the Bay Area to L.A. -359 miles-without charging, and with miles to spare.) The Model S was already the longest-range series-production EV now on the market, but with companies like Rivian aiming to hit the 400-mile mark, it was clear Tesla needed to act.

By improving drivetrain efficiency, Tesla has been able to effectively increase range by more than 10%. Similar to Tesla Model 3's ability to charge at 1,000 miles per hour from Supercharger V3 when at a 250 kW max power output, Model S and Model X will be able to achieve 200 kW.

"In addition to adding range, power and torque increases significantly across all Model S and Model X variants, improving 0-60 miles per hour times for our Long Range and Standard Range models", notes Tesla in its blog post. The system constantly adapts by sensing the road and adjusting for driver behavior, automatically softening for more pronounced road inputs and firming for aggressive driving. As with all of Tesla's in-house software, the adaptive suspension can receive over-the-air updates, allowing us to enable all Model S and Model X customers to have the most advanced suspension technology at all times. This, according to Tesla, has had multiple beneficial effects on each auto.

The upgrades include a new drivetrain design and a new adaptive suspension system, increasing each vehicle's driving range, the company said in a blog post here ahead of its first-quarter results on Wednesday.

In addition to our Long Range and Performance variants, we're also re-introducing a lower entry price for Model S and Model X by bringing back our Standard Range option, now available for an even greater value with the new drivetrain and suspension updates. Tesla states that not only does the adaptive damping give both the Model S and Model X "an ultra-cushioned feel, as well as "exhilarating confidence during dynamic driving", but the suspension software will talk with the rest of the auto and reduce each car's ride height in order to "optimize aerodynamic drag".

As for the Teslas blistering performance thanks to torque at zero rpm, that too gets an upgrade, but only if you're an existing Model S and Model X customer.