Tesla introduces new Model S wheels with updated design

Today, Tesla introduced a new 21″ wheel for the Model S with an updated version of its Turbine wheel design – pictured above.

The Model S, Tesla’s flagship all-electric sedan, has been available with 19″ standard wheels and 21″ performance wheels as an option.

Back in 2016, Tesla introduced new stock wheels for the vehicle called Slipstream wheels. As we mentioned earlier today in our report on comments about the Model 3 aero wheels by the automaker’s former head of aerodynamics, the new wheels have been designed for aerodynamic performance.

But some Model S buyers still prefer the look and handling of the 21″ wheels and aside from the lightweight Arachnid wheels, which are only available through Tesla’s referral program, the Turbine wheels are the only option from Tesla.

They have remained virtually the same for the past few years, but today Tesla updated its online design studio with a new version of the wheel. Here’s a side-by-side view of the new version (left) and the old version (right):

The two versions look fairly similar, but the updated design features slightly different spokes and a new type of cover for the lug nuts.

The 21″ wheel package is still a $4,500 upgrade over the standard 19″ wheels.

Here’s the new wheel lineup:

As for the winter wheel package, it still features the old Turbine wheel design and the Model X’s wheel options haven’t changed yet either.

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