Tesla Backtracks on the Yoke, Brings Back the Good Old Round Steering Wheel

Tesla has done away with its much-hyped yoke steering system, which was introduced to the Model S and Model X lineup in 2021 as part of a major update. While some customers liked the idea, others had serious trouble using the yoke to control the car. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is adamant about the new steering system. Now, the automaker appears to have reversed its plans, making the traditional round steering wheel an option for the Model S and Model X. With this move, buyers of both Tesla vehicles can now choose between a yoke and a round steering wheel.

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January 8, 2023 at 09:31 am

The 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid gets an aggressive steering wheel that ditches the traditional round steering wheel design and adopts a new yoke shape.

Electrek reported that Tesla updated its online configurator earlier this week to include a free circular steering wheel option for the Model X and Model S. -School round steering wheel can be selected. However, Tesla owners with a yoke will have to pay extra to get the round steering wheel. Retrofitting a Tesla vehicle and replacing the yoke with a round steering wheel will cost existing owners about $700. The retrofit option is said to be available after March 2023.

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Meanwhile, Tesla updated its cars. In addition to bringing back the circular steering wheel, Tesla also made some minor updates to the Model S and Model X. Both EVs now feature a TESLA watermark on the trunk lid, in contrast to the traditional Tesla logo. Alongside this, the automaker has reintroduced red brake calipers, while the Model Plaid now comes with better brakes that ensure greater thermal efficiency. However, nothing has changed for the Model 3 and Model Y.

First published date: Jan 8, 2023 at 09:31 AM CST


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