Tesla Mannequin S Plaid Spherical Steering Wheel Now An Possibility (As an alternative Of Yoke)


Tesla has re-introduced the spherical steering wheel for its design refresh Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles. The brand new Tesla Mannequin S was launched in 2021 with a yoke steering wheel and a re-designed inside. On the time, the yoke was the default and solely choice for a steering wheel when anybody purchased a brand new Tesla Mannequin S or Mannequin S Plaid. On a number of events, Tesla CEO Elon Musk iterated the usefulness and practicality of the yoke and that the automaker didn’t intend to convey again the spherical steering wheel.

“After utilizing yoke for few weeks, I didn’t need wheel,” Musk as soon as tweeted. He was additionally of the view {that a} spherical steering wheel blocks the view of the instrument cluster. You will need to notice that in contrast to Tesla Mannequin Y and Mannequin 3, the Autopilot/FSD Beta driving visualizations are displayed on the smaller instrument cluster of the Mannequin S and X as a substitute of the middle touchscreen.

From the Tesla Mannequin S on-line automotive configurator web page:

Yoke Steering

The final word concentrate on driving: no stalks, no shifting. With a stalkless steering yoke, you’ll be able to get pleasure from each the perfect automotive to drive, and the perfect automotive to be pushed in.

Now, after virtually 2 years, Tesla has lastly realized that the corporate may truly be dropping Mannequin S and Mannequin X gross sales simply due to the yoke steering. Introducing a standard spherical steering wheel will make it simple for potential clients to make a purchase order determination, particularly the older era who’ve pushed with these steering wheels for many years. [Editor’s note: I’m not sure if consumer demand was the issue here that led to Tesla bringing back the round steering wheel as an option — though, that’s certainly possible. Many owners have shown their yokes falling apart on the corners after not very long at all. I wonder if the reason for bringing back the normal steering wheel isn’t more about that. However, if Tesla really is still offering the yoke, that idea doesn’t make full sense — you’d think they’d remove the yoke option completely.]

Whereas configuring a Tesla Mannequin S, Mannequin S Plaid, or Mannequin X within the Tesla on-line automotive configurator, the spherical steering now comes because the default included steering, whereas the yoke is optionally available. The client is in a position to decide on both of those steering wheels with none further prices (see screenshot beneath).

Tesla Mannequin S Plaid steering wheel choices (Spherical and Yoke) within the Tesla on-line automotive configurator. Credit score: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

Some Tesla homeowners of the design refresh Mannequin S/Mannequin S Plaid even went to the size of retrofitting the Tesla Mannequin 3/Y spherical steering wheel of their vehicles. However now Tesla is offering the Mannequin S/X OEM steering wheel proper out of the manufacturing unit.

Well-liked tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) purchased a Tesla Mannequin S Plaid in 2021. Though in his assessment he mentioned that he bought used to the yoke, he recommended that Tesla ought to embody a standard steering wheel as an choice as properly. That has lastly occurred.

Presently, Tesla has not given an official assertion about whether or not present Tesla Mannequin S Plaid and Mannequin X homeowners will get a spherical steering retrofit choice or not. After all, this {hardware} change wouldn’t be freed from value.

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Initially revealed on Tesla Oracle.




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