- THE Tesla Model S 2023 And Model X add a $3,000 Ultra Red paint option, which replaces the previous $2,000 red paint.
- Both Teslas also add a newly designed glass roof that would weigh less and let in more light, but with the same UV protection.
- Checkered models add new brake pads that have a higher heat capacity than before – they’re also still without Tesla’s promised carbon-ceramic kit.
For those who want the prettiest red paint job on their 2023 Tesla Model S or Model X, they’ll have to shell out $3,000. That’s the price of the new Ultra Red paint option that Tesla is offering on its two largest models.
The new red paint replaces the $2000 Red Multi-Coat option that is still available on the Model 3 and the Y-model. The more expensive color of the S and X models arrives just a few days later Tesla each down about $5,000 and $10,000, respectively. However, Tesla is also giving them minor updates.
Is it hot here?
Apart from the prettier but more expensive new paint, the S and X models add a newly designed glass roof that is said to weigh less than the one it replaces. Reducing the weight of the top could help lower the center of gravity of both Teslas, which in turn could improve their handling.
On the other hand, we’re not thrilled with the idea of a glass roof that’s supposed to allow five times as much light into the cabin. Tesla claims it provides the same amount of UV protection as the old one, so we’ll have to wait until we sit in one on a very hot sunny day to find out.
Give us a brake
On the bright side (pun intended), the high-performance Plaid variants of the Model S and Model X now have upgraded brake pads. Tesla claims that the new pads provide higher thermal capacity than the old ones.
From what we can decipher on Tesla’s Twitter, the update only affects the brake pads, leaving the standard rotors and calipers unchanged. We’ve Criticized the Model S’s Stock Brakes Before Plaid, so we’re glad to see some improvements (no matter how minor). Still, it’s worth noting that Tesla has yet to introduce the track-compatible carbon-ceramic brake option the company promised.
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Jack Fitzgerald’s love of cars stems from his still unwavering addiction to Formula 1.
After a brief stint as a draftsman for a local dealership group in college, he knew he needed a more permanent way to drive all the new cars he couldn’t afford and decided to pursue a career in automotive writing. Tracking down his college professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was able to scour Wisconsin for stories in the automotive world before landing his dream job at Car and driver. His new goal is to delay the inevitable demise of his 2010 Volkswagen Golf.