Tesla has leaked upcoming new sports seats for the Model S Plaid through its service manual.
When it comes to having performance versions of its vehicles, Tesla primarily makes suspension and brake upgrades.
Often, it doesn’t even change the powertrain. It stays the same, but its software locks capabilities in cheaper versions and unlocks them for the performance versions in order to achieve faster acceleration and top speed.
It results in minimal hardware differences between versions – streamlining vehicle production.
Last week, we learned that Tesla was working on new “sport seats” for the updated Model 3 Performance.
Now, we learn that the automaker is working on something similar for Model S, and we even get a glimpse at them.
References to the new seats were found by /u/S3pirion on Reddit in Tesla’s updated service manual for the Model S:
On top of the reference, we even get a picture from the instructions on how to remove the seats:
The picture shows a new shape that differs from the seats currently found in the Model S. The headrest is also longer, and obviously you have a new hole in the middle with what appears to be some sort of Plaid logo.
Some of the material also looks to be updated, with the main one seemingly being perforated fake leather with a different type of material on the side support.
There’s significant creasing at the bottom, but hopefully, this picture is only of a prototype and not a production version.
It’s unclear when Tesla plans to launch these new seats and if they will be the only upgrade to the Model S Plaid.
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Tesla has inadvertently leaked new sports seats for the upcoming Model S Plaid through its service manual. Typically, when Tesla releases performance versions of its vehicles, it focuses on suspension and brake upgrades rather than changing the powertrain. By locking software capabilities in cheaper versions and unlocking them for the performance versions, Tesla achieves faster acceleration and top speed while minimizing hardware differences and streamlining production. Recently, it was revealed that Tesla was also working on new “sport seats” for the updated Model 3 Performance. Now, it appears that the automaker is developing similar seats for the Model S Plaid, with a picture of the seats found in the service manual. The seats have a new shape, a longer headrest, and a hole in the middle with a possible Plaid logo. The material also seems to be updated, featuring perforated fake leather and a different material for the side support. However, it is uncertain when Tesla plans to launch these new seats and if they will be the only upgrade for the Model S Plaid.