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Tesla Model S steering yoke is mandatory, says Musk

The highly polarizing and kind of dumb steering setup on the recently redone Model S is all you get.

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Like it or not, the yoke will be the only game in town when it comes to Model S steering.

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So, you're a well-to-do individual with an eye on the recently overhauled Tesla Model S or X. That makes sense; there's plenty to love about their mega range, wild available performance and still-good looks. There's a sticking point for you, though, and it's that steering yoke. But maybe you can order yours without it?

Actually, you can't, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Friday, which was reported on by Electrek. That's right; there will be no option for a regular wheel, which we suspect is something that will turn off a lot of prospective customers. We also suspect that retrofitting one from an earlier S or X will be difficult, if not impossible.

We're definitely not big fans of the design here at Roadshow (our fearless editor-in-chief even wrote a whole opinion piece on the thing), and it seems like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could agree with us. The UK government doesn't seem to have a problem with it, though.

What does this mean for you, the consumer? Well, either deal with the weird and nonsensical steering wheel or go and buy a Porsche Taycan (we recommend the latter.)

Refreshed Tesla Model S has a Knight Rider steering wheel

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Kyle Hyatt Former news and features editor
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).

Article updated on July 23, 2021 at 4:20 PM PDT

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