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Tesla Model S, Model X get revised looks, 520-mile range option, big price increase

The Tesla Model S has gotten a thorough refresh.

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During its fourth-quarter earnings call today, Tesla revealed significant upgrades to its Model S all-electric sedan. The changes bring the car more in line with the looks and technology offerings of its Model Y and Model 3 brethren.

Tesla Model S

Tesla has tweaked the outside of the Model S, giving it a new front bumper with revised air intakes, an altered rear diffuser, and two new wheel designs (19- Tempest (included) and 21-inch Arachnid ($4,500) designs). The Model S's exterior trim is now finished in black, like the Model Y. White will remain the only no-cost paint job option Tesla offers on the car.

Tesla will sell the Model S in three different grades. The Tesla Model S Long Range is priced at $79,990 (a big jump from the $69,420 entry model on the previous Model S) and comes with two electric motors and all-wheel drive. The company says the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. The range of that model is 412 miles.

2022 Tesla Model S The Model S has received exterior revisions while the Model X has not. They share interior design.Photo courtesy of Tesla

2022 Tesla Model S

The mid-grade Tesla Model S Plaid has three electric motors and torque vectoring functionality. It gives the driver access to 1,020 horsepower and has a zero to 60 mph time of 1.99 seconds. This version of the Model S has a 390-mile range and a $119,990 price tag.

The top-tier Tesla Model S Plaid+ delivers over 1,100 horsepower and can get from zero to 60 mph faster than the Model S Plaid. It has a top speed of 200 mph and a range of over 520 miles. It comes with a $139,000 price tag.

The most significant changes are inside the cabin of the Model S where there's a horizontally-orientated 17-inch touch screen at the center of the dashboard with up to 10 teraflops of processing power. The screen boasts 2200x1300 resolution. In front of the driver, there remains a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Rear-seat passengers get an 8-inch screen that gives them access to the same infotainment and games as the main screen. It works with wireless controllers.

There's more small item storage in the new car and wireless charging and Bluetooth for multiple devices. There's also USB-C charging ports. Heated seats in both rows and ventilated front seats are standard.

A new steering wheel and infotainment screen dominated conversation surrounding the interior changes of the vehicle.Photo courtesy of Tesla

The talk of the town is Tesla's new steering wheel though it's not exactly a wheel insomuch as a Formula 1 car is driven by a steering wheel. Rather than having traditional stalks for turn signals, lights, and wipers, those functions are controlled by touch buttons on the wheel.

The Model S now comes with more carbon fiber and wood trim, covering door panels and parts of the dashboard. Black, beget, and white remain as the only interior color scheme options. Tesla has redesigned the car's door cards and rear seats, which now have a fold-down armrest with cup holders.

Tri-zone climate control; a 22-speaker, 960-watt audio system; HEPA filtration; and a glass roof are standard. The only besides exterior enhancements is Tesla's Full-Self Driving suite of driver assist systems that is not actually autonomous vehicle technology. That's a $10,000 add-on.

The car lacks traditional climate control buttons, instead relying on the screen to command those functions.Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla is currently accepting orders for the upgraded Model S now. The company expects the first deliveries for Model S Long Range and Plaid cars will happen in March. The Plaid Plus version isn't due until late 2021. Keep in mind, Tesla's timeline usually gets pushed a bit.

Tesla Model X

Meanwhile, the Model X will continue to have the same exterior design, but gets the new infotainment screen, steering wheel, and rear passenger screen that the Model S does.

Tesla is pricing the Model X Long Range at $89,990 (a $10,000 jump from the previous edition). It has 360 miles of range, a top speed of 155 mph, and a zero to 60 mph Tim elf 3.8 seconds. A more robust Tesla Model X Plaid has 340 miles of range, a top speed of 163 mpg, and a zero to 60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. That version will run buyers $119,000. There is no Model X Plaid+ variant.

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The Roadster's specs are impressive, to say the least.

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Elon Musk took to a stage in late 2017 to announce a new product, the second-generation Tesla Roadster, and the numbers were impressive, even for a guy known to casually drop massive bombshells in 160 characters or less on Twitter. He pledged a 620-mile range and a 0-60 mph time in 1.9 seconds for the car – impressive specs, to be sure. When Musk unveiled the car, production was scheduled to commence some time in 2020, but as we all now know, last year wasn't a banner year for car manufacturing. In January, he pushed that date back to 2022, but the timeline has slipped again - into 2023 at this point - and that's only if everything goes smoothly between now and then.


Tesla Roadster Supply chain issues have caused delays in the Roadster's release.Tesla


Responding to a tweet on Wednesday, Musk stated that "assuming 2022 is not mega drama, new Roadster should ship in 2023." That's a pretty big asterisk, given how things have been going over the last 18 months. It's not surprising, though, and Musk acknowledges what we've known for some time now: The global supply chain is a mess, thanks to microchip shortages and pandemic-related closures and delays. "2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages," he said, admitting that "it wouldn't matter if we had 17 new products, as none would ship." Again, it's not surprising, but it is most likely frustrating for reservation holders, who've plopped down anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 to hold an order for the Roadster.




Tesla is far from being the only automaker to experience delays, but even if we assume that the rest of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 go smoothly, there's still a lot that can happen. All of Tesla's suppliers would have to get their ducks in a row and there can be no COVID-related production delays. That would also peg 2022 as one of the automaker's flagship years for product releases, with both the Semi and Cybertruck on the schedule. It's possible, but far from guaranteed, that all of those pieces fall into place, making Tesla's 2022 a banner year. As for the Roadster, 2023 could be the year that we're all blown away by its range and acceleration, but recent history suggests that anything can happen at any time, so we won't be holding our breath.

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New sports car

The Acura Integra is coming back in 2022

This is all we know about the new Integra's styling.

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Secrets are hard to keep these days. It seems like new products always end up being leaked by one of the hundreds of people involved in the development process, to the point that even the most secretive companies have a hard time unveiling a product that people don't already know about. That wasn't the case this week, though. After announcing the final version of its NSX supercar at Monterey Car Week, Acura took to the skies with an impressive drone show that eventually spelled out a message no one expected to see: The Integra is coming back in 2022.



The original car launched in 1986, and its legend grew over time. After accumulating dozens of awards and spawning an entire industry around customizing and enhancing the Integra, Honda and Acura discontinued the car in 2001. We saw a successor to the crown in the Acura RSX for a few short years afterward, but it's been 15 years since a small, tossable sports car has graced the Acura catalog. Granted, Honda has been on a tear with the Civic Si and Civic Type-R, but there has been a hole in the Acura lineup for some time now.


Acura Integra The original Integra is the stuff of legend.Acura


Waiting is the hardest part, as they say. Other than the gorgeous drone display and tantalizingly mysterious teaser photo, we know nothing, which is a difficult spot to be as a car enthusiast. There are a few details, though. The car will return in 2022 as a "compact premium entrant," according to the press release. Company VP and Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda also said that the car is "returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience."

Given parent company Honda's success with performance versions of the Civic, we're optimistic that the 2022 Integra will put its compact dimensions to good use on the road and on the track. We'll have to be patient, though, because official details won't become available until closer to the car's introduction in 2022.


2022 Acura Integra Acura shared the new Integra's logo.Acura

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