- The obtainable steering yoke on the Tesla Mannequin S and Mannequin X is now a $250 choice.
- Earlier this 12 months, Tesla made an everyday steering wheel a no-cost choice alongside the controversial yoke, which had been obligatory since a 2021 redesign.
- The irony is that Tesla CEO Elon Musk as soon as mentioned there isn’t any likelihood a standard steering wheel would return.
Tesla’s steering-yoke saga continues. Again in January of this 12 months, the automaker made the choice to as soon as once more supply an everyday steering wheel on the Mannequin S and Mannequin X. It was a no-cost choice that was obtainable together with the yoke-style wheel that had been obligatory on each fashions since their 2021 redesign. Now, the configurator on Tesla’s web site reveals the sawed-off steering wheel as a $250 choice.
The steering yoke was controversial from the beginning, with questions surrounding whether or not it was even authorized. From there, critics and followers quibbled over its security in addition to how nicely it labored in real-world driving. Throughout Automobile and Driver’s check of a 2021 Tesla Mannequin S Plaid, we identified that the yoke’s most important flaw is that the corporate did not pair it with a faster steering ratio, which at occasions resulted in awkwardly reaching for the improper aspect of it when beginning to flip.
In fact, essentially the most ironic a part of all of the yoke hoopla is feedback made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk again in July 2021. When straight requested on Twitter whether or not there was any likelihood a traditional steering wheel could be supplied once more as an choice, Musk tweeted again, “No”.
Effectively, it seems just like the turns have tabled, as not solely is an everyday steering wheel again, however it comes customary. Plus, now individuals who just like the yoke should put their cash the place their mouth is and shell out $250.
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