A Reddit user who goes by the name of FridayTheDog111 has given us the first glimpse of the new UI coming with the refreshed Model S & X. FridayTheDog111 was able to take the video after he spotted a refreshed Model S charging at Tesla’s Kettleman supercharger station.
After talking with the engineers in charge of testing the vehicle, FridayTheDog111 was able to go inside the vehicle for a brief time. According to him, the Tesla employees were driving from Phoenix to Fremont and were testing the 2 Model S for long-distance driving issues. Here are all the new features.
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New UI (Version 11)
The biggest change we see from the images is the new UI. The new UI is significantly different from the one in previous versions of the Model S & X. It’s also not the same as the UI of Mode 3 & Y. Something that is not yet clear is if the new UI is version 11 which is expected to be Tesla’s next significant UI update or implementation of version 10 with a landscape screen and instrument cluster.
The launch of Tesla’s previous UI update (version 10) brought to us Tesla Theater, Smart Summon wide release, Karaoke (Car-aoke), I’m Feeling Lucky and I’m Feeling Hungry buttons, Spotify app, new games, and many more improvements.
The version 10 release was a year and a half ago so there is a chance Tesla might be doing another significant update. That would mean the pictures shared by FridayTheDog111 on top of being our first look at refreshed Model S & X UI but also our first look at Tesla’s version 11 software.
Drag Strip Mode & Insane Mode
Another tidbit that could be seen in the videos is the Long Range variant of the Model S now comes with Insane Mode and Drag Stip Mode. Tesla announced Insane Mode back in 2015 with the P85D Model S. At the time Insane Mode allowed Tesla to have the quickest 4 door sedan in the world. And it was able to do 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.
Insane Mode was soon replaced with ludicrous Mode which was able to improve the 0 to 60 time to under 3 seconds and eventually under 2.5 seconds. And now with the imminent arrival of the Plaid Model S, the 0 to 60 number will further improve to 1.99 seconds and 1.9 seconds with the plaid plus variant.
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However, Tesla seems to also want to give future owners of the refreshed none performance, Long Range Model S variant some fun. And given the performance numbers which are equivalent to the previous performance Model S with Insane Mode - 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 miles per hour- calling the launch Insane Mode as an homage to Tesla’s first launch mode makes a lot of sense.
However, the fun doesn’t stop there. The new vehicles also come with Drag Strip Mode. There isn’t a lot known about the new feature but it probably has to do with preheating the battery pack for optimal performance and improve cooling for repeated performance.
In the video, we also see our first glimpse of Tesla’s AI gear shifter, at least what Tesla is planning to call this feature. As you can see from the picture above it is called “Smart Shift”. According to FridayTheDog111 owners can disable the feature and use the gear function from the steering wheel.
The vehicles seen in the video, along with almost all refreshed Model S sighting have a regular steering wheel as opposed to the yoke one. This puts into question if Tesla plans to equip all refreshed Model S & X with the yoke steering wheel or just make it an option.
So what do you think? Are you excited about the new UI coming with refreshed Model S and X. Also are you excited about the return of Insane Mode? And what do you think is Drag Strip mode. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.