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Model S Comparison for 2021

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Model S Comparisons

Comparisons of the Model S variants for 2021 prior to and after Tesla’s major update.  (Feb-2021)

Basic Facts

The New Model S LR and Plaid started production in March 2021. The Model S LR+ and Performance variants ended production in December 2020.  All four cars carry the 2021 model year vehicle identification. The Plaid+ is not shown, but is the same as Plaid, but offers over 520+ miles range, a bit faster, uses the new 4680 cells, and costs $20K more. 

Item
Model S
New LR
Model S
New Plaid
Model S
Old LR+
Model S
Performance
Base Price
$79,990
$119,990
$69,420
$91,990
Price with every option (see below)
$99,990
$140,490
$89.840
$112,340
EPA Range
412 mi
390 mi*
402 mi
387 mi
EPA Efficiency (w/19" wheels)
29 kWh/100 mi
31 kWh/100 mi
29 kWh/100 mi
31 kWh/100 mi
Battery Power
100 kWh*
100 kWh*
100 kWh
100 kWh
Battery Usable
95 kWh*
95 kWh*
95 kWh*
95 kWh*
Battery Cell Type
18650 Cell
18650 Cell
18650 Cell
18650 Cell
Battery Cell Vendor
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
Battery 12V type
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
AGM Lead Acid
AGM Lead Acid
Maximum Speed
155 mph
200 mph
155 mph
162 mph
0 to 60 mph
3.1 sec
2.0 sec
3.7 sec
2.3 sec
Peak Power
670 hp
1,020 hp
557 hp
778 hp
Maximum Regen
50 kW
unknown
50 kW
50 kW
Cargo Space, Seats Up
28.0 cu ft
28.0 cu ft
28.0 cu ft
28.0 cu ft
Cargo Space, Seats Down
60.2 cu ft
60.2 cu ft
60.2 cu ft
60.2 cu ft
Seats (standard/optional)
5/7
5/7
5
5
Max Charging Rate
250 kW
250 kW
250 kW
250 kW
Max Charging Speed
800 mi/hour
800 mi/hour
800 mi/hour
800 mi/hour
Alternate Charging Rate**
150 kW
150 kW
150 kW
150 kW
Alternate Charging Speed
483 mi/hour
483 mi/hour
483 mi/hour
483 mi/hour
Best AC Charging Rate
11.25 kW
11.25 kW
11.25 kW
11.25 kW
Cd (drag coefficient)
0.208
0.208
0.23
0.23
Weight
4,561 lbs
4,766 lbs
4,883 lbs
4,941 lbs

* Estimated.

Options

This is a price list of all available options.

Feature Model S
New LR
Model S
New Plaid
Model S
Old LR+
Model S
Performance
Carbon Fiber Spoiler
n/a
Included
n/a
Included
Enhanced Auto-Theft
Included
Included
$350
$350
Full-Self Driving
$10000
$10000
$10000
$10000
Interior Color White or Cream (Black Std)
$1500
n/a
$1500
$1500
Interior Color Black and White
n/a
$2000
n/a
n/a
Paint Black, Silver or Blue (White Std)
$1500
$1500
$1500
$1500
Paint Red Multi-Coat
$2500
$2500
$2500
$2500
Wheels 21" (19" std)
$4500
$4500
$4500
$4500
TOTAL
$20,000
$20,500
$20,350
$20,350

Feature Differences

This is a list of feature differences, where one variant offers something different than another. 

Interior
Special Features/Options
Model S
New LR
Model S
New Plaid
Model S
Old LR+
Model S
Performance
Active Noise Canceling
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
AI Gear Selection
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Air Suspension
Likely*
Likely*
Yes
Yes
Audio Peak-Power
960W
960W
560W
560W
Audio Speakers, cabin
22
22
12
12
Carbon Fiber Decor
n/a
Yes
n/a
Yes
Carbon-sleeved Rotors
n/a
Yes
n/a
n/a
Center screen orientation
Landscape
Landscape
Portrait
Portrait
Chrome Delete
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Climate Zones
3
3
2
2
Cup holders
4
4
6
6
Display Control
MCU3
MCU3
MCU2
MCU2
Display Resolution, center
2200x1300
2200x1300
1080x1920
1080x1920
Displays
3
3
2
2
Displays area, combined
200 sq in.*
200 sq in.*
180 sq in.
180 sq in.
Door Pockets
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Door Releases, Electronic
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Enhanced Anti-Theft
Yes
Yes
Optional
Optional
Enhanced Battery Cooling
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Heat Pump
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Interior Camera
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Phone Key, Keycards and FOB
Yes
Yes
FOB only
FOB only
Rear Fold-down center armrest
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Rear seats electric release
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Rear seats fold flat
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Seats - Perforated, Ventilated front
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Seats - Third Row
Optional*
Optional*
n/a
n/a
Steering Wheel Selection Controls
12
12
6
6
Steering Wheel Stalks
0
0
4
4
Steering Wheel, Racing inspired
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Tilting Center Screen
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Tires, Advanced
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Torque Vectoring
n/a
Yes
n/a
n/a
Traction Motors
2
3
2
2
USB Charging
Fast
Fast
Normal
Normal
USB Charging Ports
5*
5*
4
4
USB Type
USB-C
USB-C
USB-A
USB-A
Ventilation control, Front
Electronic
Electronic
Manual
Manual
Wireless phone charging
4
4
0
0

* Unconfirmed or estimated

Exterior Changes

The new Model S includes the following exterior changes:

  • The front facia has a larger air inlet and is more aerodynamic
  • The rear facia is changed to be more aerodynamic
  • The standard 19″ rims have inserts to be more aerodynamic
  • The front fog light and cornering light is changed
  • Most items previously in chrome are now blacked out
  • The chrome strip below the doors is gone

Common Features

These are features related to all 2021 Model S variants.

Charging Notes
Fast Charging up to 250 kW At V3 Superchargers
Includes Mobile Connector With 120v and J1772 adapters
Largest Network of Charge Connections 23,277 by end of 2020
Plug-in and Charge Easiest system to use
Schedule Charging Allows home charging at lowest rates
Superior Design Lightweight and compact connectors
Full-Self-Driving Option Notes
Auto-Lane Change When Auto-steer active
Autopark For parallel and perpendicular parking
Autosteer Maintains within a marked lane
Location-to-Location Self Driving Future feature
Navigate on Autopilot Navigates from on-ramp to off-ramp
Smart Summon Brings the vehicle to you via the phone App
Interior Notes
All LED lighting Improved longevity
Auto Dimming Mirrors Both sides and rear-view mirror
Auto-Garage Open/Close With Homelink
Automatic Keyless Entry
Automatic Wipers Manual and automatic modes
Backup Camera High-definition
Bluetooth Phone Connection For hands-free talking, contacts, calendar
Dashcam Records 4 video camera streams
Driver Profiles Includes Easy Access profile for entry/exit
FM, FM HD and XM radios
Heated Seats
Heated Steering Wheel
Homelink GPS aware
Interior Accent Lighting LED
Lighted Door Handles LED
Maps - Points of interest and Charging locations Shows charging stall availablity and more
Maps - Real-time Traffic Monitoring Color coded traffic levels
Maps - Resident and Google Maps With free updates
Maps - Road and Satellite Views
Maps - with Navigation Includes pinch to zoom or rotate
Mobile App Remote Control Shows vehicle location, status and more
Over-the-Air updates Free, often with new features and enhancements
Panoramic Glass Roof Tinted, IR and UV filtered
Power Folding Mirrors Heated and profile memory position
Power Front Seats 12-way and driver profile memory
Power liftgate With lift-height memory
Power Windows One-touch
Puddle Lights LED
Retracting Door Handles Automatic extension on approach
Secondary storage Frunk and under Trunk
Sentry Mode Dashcam records activity while parked
Sign Reading Stop signs, Traffic lights, Speed
Streaming Audio without a Phone Slacker, Spotify and TuneIn
Tesla Arcade Wide range of games to play while parked
Tesla Theater Connect to your Netflix, Hulu, Hulu+ and YouTube
Traffic-Aware Cruse Control  
USB Music Player ACC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV files
Voice Activated Controls With hundreds of commands
Washer Nozzle Heaters
Wiper Blades Defroster
Safety Notes
360 Degree Driving Visualization
Shows cars, bicyclists and pedestrians
Air Suspension GPS aware, ability to raise height for more clearance
Airbags - Eight Driver and passenger heads, knees, and pelvis plus two side curtain airbags
All-Wheel Drive Independent front/rear motors adds safety over clunky ICE AWD systems
Antilock Brakes  
Automatic Emergency Braking  
Blind-spot Warning With visual vehicle placement
Collision Avoidance  
Cornering Lights LED
Daytime Running Lights LED
Electronic Stability Control Far better than ICE, as motor control is almost instant
Electronic Traction Control  
Five-star Crash Ratings NHTSA 5-stars In every category
Fog Lights LED
Front Impact Protection  
HEPA air filtration  
Low Rollover Risk  
Second Row LATCH For attachment of child seats
Side Impact Protection  

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