Official Tesla Model S Photos, Details Released

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Update: The Model S design studio is now updated with pics of the fresh Model S design as well.

Tesla Model S new nose

It’s not clear if the leaked photos of the new Model S this morning were planned or not but one thing is clear: the cat is out of the bag. A barrage of media assaulted Tesla with requests for updates after the initial leak, and the floodgates have opened up, with new details surfacing what seems like every few minutes.

The latest update includes the official, high-resolution photos of the new Model S, which we’ve captured for you below. The biggest feature on the updated Tesla is the front fascia, which now resembles the Model X. Less obvious but likely more important to the function of the car is a new pair of beams … er … headlights. The new design does away with the projector lenses that defined the previous generation and introduces the much-anticipated LED headlights.

Closeup of the April 2016 Model S front end
Here’s the rundown of everything we know about the new Model S:
  • New front fascia that resembles that of the Model X. It seems like Model S was getting lonely now that the new kid on the block, the Model 3, came out of hiding and stole the spotlight.
  • Adaptive LED headlights that are styled similarly to the Model X and Model 3. From Tesla: “Model S now features full LED adaptive headlamps. Besides enhancing the already great styling, they also boost safety: 14 three-position LED dynamic turning lights improve visibility at night, especially on winding roads.” Adaptive headlights were a gap vs other premium vehicles, and with this update, Tesla again leaps to the front of the pack with a cutting-edge pair of beams.
  • Biohazard defense mode HEPA filteration for cabin air system. As with the X, this will likely still be an option (bummer) but brings this great innovation from the X back to the S. Adding HEPA filtration not only improves the quality of cabin air but Tesla also estimates that it will literally extend your life by filtering out all of the pollution from the cars around you. Finally, HEPA filtration is fantastic for people with allergies, as it removes allergens, bacteria, and other contaminants.


  • On-board Charger Upgrade from 40 amps to 48 amps, which increases the amount of juice it can sip up by 20%.
  • 2 Interior Accent Choices have been added. It seems like an odd addition to the otherwise exciting lineup of new features but maybe customers have been asking for more options? Either way, there are two new options for the interior accents in the new Model S: Figured Ash Wood and Dark Ash Wood.


  • Updated range estimates for the 90kWh battery sizes. These were previously based on the 85kWh ratings but have now been updated to a staggering 294 miles of EPA rated range on the 90D.

Check out the official photos below and revel in all the high-def goodness of the new Model S … or head over to the newly updated Model S page to configure your very own Model S. Enjoy!

Model_S_Profile Model_S_Rear_34 Model_S_Front_34

Images courtesy Tesla Motors

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41 thoughts on “Official Tesla Model S Photos, Details Released

  • Any mention of the Model S now using the same seats as the Model X? I gather they are not an “option” so perhaps it isn’t immediately obvious.

  • The front looks a lot better to me with the Tesla logo on it, than without. LED lights are cool. Long lasting, energy efficient.

    • The front fascia has attracted a surprising amount of criticism. People want to see a grille in front. Even though the Tesla has no radiator or even brakes to cool, people want to see a grille. I would think that the critics are primarily people who have a great deal of trouble dealing with change.

      • I think people will get used to it quickly, but maybe that’s just because I did. Love the new design. Was expecting it would be announced with the Model 3 announcement, but happy they broke it out.

        • I was surprised at the awkward way it came out. Did they think putting up posters wouldn’t attract attention? Almost seems like it just slipped out…

      • I really like the way they are breaking away from the old style. Including the M3’s clean dash. Make it all smooth and aerodynamic. As each release comes out hopefully they move further away from grilles and even get rid of those sea anchor side-view mirrors.

      • I’m fairly confident Tesla have done their surveys and homework on this. People now recognise that a Tesla is something special (super fast, smooth and quiet) – those that don’t soon will. This new front is a banner visible from 100m away announcing that the oncoming car (or the one approaching in the rear-view) is out and proud electric.

  • So most importantly, what is the new drag coefficient?

    • I’m just wondering if I can buy that new front fascia 😀

      • haha. 😀 sell your 85 as a limited edition, unique car at a premium and then you can get one 😀

        • Have to pick my battles. Trying to figure out this CPO situation…that could be a huge factor if it turns on that the Model 3 announcement drove MS CPO sales which drove the price up.

        • The removal of the purse slot in favor of a spacewaster console means that the older cars are actually going to have collectors’ value and will claim a premium.

          I’m not planning to replace my car for years and years. When I do, the center console fad may *finally* have gone away. But if it hasn’t, I’ll be hunting for a 2012-early 2016 Model S with the “purse slot”.

          • Oh, so you’re not going to be excited by my upcoming review of the Center Console Insert? 🙁 I’m tired of having all my books/phone/apples/purses?/etc flapping around every time I boost/brake 😛

    • 0.17 i think

  • Will the new Model S make it around the Nürburgring under 10 minutes now?

    • Is that important really? Its not a dedicated sports car.

      • No more important than 0-60 times. Superlatives are always important.

        • How many cars a sold with a Nürburgring lap time column in their specs?
          Besides Jalopnik tested 10 min for a “bone stock Model S” and surmised 9 is possible without reduced power mode (and without traffic) So I don’t expect earth-shatteringly different results sans reduced power anyway.

          • I expect Tesla to take care of their over heating problem so their car does not fall flat on its face in 3 minutes. And I expect rational arguments instead of the standard sour grapes most Tesla fanatics use to avoid the issue. I say most because I’m a Tesla fanatic too. However I don’t hide my weaknesses.

            Here is a wonderful reply on the subject:

            Pungoteague_Dave | July 19, 2015

            I drove a Porsche 918 Spyder on the Nurburgring Nordschleife last month for a few laps. It was a top-ten life bucket list experience. I would not want to own that car. However, the point that people make when discussing the Tesla in the context of the Nurburgring is very valid – the FACT is that Elon Musk puts this car into supercar territory with his own words. He benchmarked it against the Mclaren that he formerly owned and wrecked. Tesla and Elon Musk tout this car and sell it against other cars in its price range and above.

            The Nurburgring is the race course that many auto manufacturers use to test and prove their cars. It is an amazing place, and it is perhaps the world’s best test of auto performance – it has strange off-camber turns, slow sections, long straights, right, lefts, elevation changes, and pretty much anything you can throw at a car. It is also private, so you can truly run a car at its limits – and it is available to the public and auto manufacturers. It is the ultimate automotive leveler – do well there and you have a fast car.

            ..Which brings us to the Tesla. Unlike any other current production car in the world, a Tesla cannot complete a single lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife course at full power. After about three minutes at speed, it enters a crippled mode due to overheating. That happens in no other car, from a lowly VW, to a LaFerrari or Bugatti. Thats relevant anywhere, but especially in this sphere – atmosphere that is fairly rare and subject to fold comparing relative merits of one marque over another. I see the comments of those who say it isn’t relevant to THEM, that none of us drive every day like we are on a racecourse, so who cares? That’s okay, but the comparison is valid to many.

            Cars in this price range are supposed to be “competitive” with other cars of similar content, objective, and price. Whether or not we would individually test our cars this way is irrelevant – you pay this much to have a car that CAN measure up. At the Nurburgring, the MS cannot measure up – it can’t even do one lap at speed. Against a Hellcat at the drag strip, it can “win”. You may say that you don’t care, but it is one reason this car costs as much as it does. Although you may not care, Elon does – and is working on it.

          • What a pile of road apples. The Tesla was never designed or promoted as a race car. It’s also not a dump truck or airplane.

            It’s an electric luxury car with incredible acceleration.

          • I am sure this will be done. By the time the new Roadster is completed.

      • It’s very important to those who seek out anything they can find that can be used to run down stuff.

        It’s the “You failed to cross a t, your entire paper must be thrown out!” attack.

  • I just went to look to the teslamotors website and I noticed, that there are only 7 ! pre-owned Model S available, if you click on any location, any color and any Model S. This can’t be right?

    • There’s a much larger listing somewhere. I failed to save the link. Perhaps someone else will furnish it for both of us.

        • That’s the site I was thinking about. But it doesn’t seem to be a Tesla owned site. Any idea what is going on?

          • Yeah, it automatically pulls from Tesla, but not a Tesla site.

            Not sure. Kyle is investigating.

    • Yeah, I noticed the same. not sure what’s going on, but Kyle’s writing about it.

  • “high resolution photos” my ass.. those are renders, computer generated.

  • Great flashback to the Tucker, headlights and all.

  • So new front, new LED lights, any increase in range?

  • Any articles with pics comparing the two front ends side-by-side? That’s what I’d like to see.

  • What will be the effect of the new upgrade of Model to 48 amp on the charging time, it will reach 80% in 1 hour ?

  • Thanks. Haven’t been keeping up on the TMC forum with all of these big trips/events and the forum getting knocked off of Feedly with the redesign. Have to try subscribing again.

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