Tesla Model S Plaid: “Real” steering wheel from the tuner

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This is how the US versions of the Tesla Model S with the steering horn open at the top look in the original.

Numerous tests attested to the open part bad usability. So it was only a matter of time before the tuning industry retrofit solutions presents. The first representative arrives from the Californian Tesla tuner T Sportline and is available to order now in the US. (So ​​there is the environmental bonus of up to 9000 euros)

Tesla Model S Plaid by TSportline

On request, the steering wheels can be individualized with colored leather and steering wheel rim in carbon.

Original steering wheel is rebuilt

The tuner does not build a completely new steering wheel, but supplements the original with an additional upper bridge. According to the tuner’s website, the core consists of Baltic birch wood and is covered with unspecified “European leather”. You can also use your own steering wheel if you wish individualize, for example with new colors or a ring made of carbon. In all variants, the steering wheel heating – if previously installed – is no longer functional. (Outrageously expensive performance tuning for the Tesla Model S Plaid)

Prices from around 2000 euros

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Interested parties must send in their steering wheel to the tuner. There it is then converted by hand within two weeks. Prices start at converted around 2000 euros. Customized steering wheels start at around 2180 euros, for a Carbon steering wheel you have a good 3000 euros shell out. In any case, a deposit of 500 euros must be paid for the airbag, which will be returned after the exchange.

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The Tesla Model S Plaid impresses with a range of 637 km and an acceleration of 2.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (manufacturer information).

In Europe currently still with a “normal” steering wheel

The steering horn is currently only available in the USA. In Europe are Model S and Model X still with the conventional steering wheels equipped, even if the steering horn is already advertised on the Tesla website. When and if the part will actually come to us is not yet known. Because in addition to the mixed conclusions from US testers, it is still questionable whether the control horn, which is open at the top, would even be permitted with us. Prices for a Model S currently start at 101,990 euros. (Tesla Model S with discount at

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