Owners of facelifted Tesla Model S and Model X models equipped with the steering yoke can now switch to a traditional round wheel without using third-party companies.
Tesla added the Model S/X Wheel Retrofit product to its online store after the round steering wheel became a standard feature for Model S and Model X vehicles ordered beginning in January 2023.
The upgrade option costs $700 and includes installation through Tesla service. The electric vehicle maker first introduced the steering wheel modification to its online store in January, but it wasn’t immediately available. However, after an update from the Tesla Shop last night, the update is now available to buy.
If you are interested, you should know that the ordering process is a little different than usual. There’s a QR code you scan with your smartphone camera that will take you to the product listing in the Tesla app, where only Model S/X yoke owners can place an order.
If you are unable to scan the QR code, Tesla provides a link that you can copy to a mobile browser to open the product listing. Note that buying the round steering wheel doesn’t mean you also get back the column stems – the traditional steering wheel offers exactly the same functionality as the yoke and is similarly integrated into the vehicle.
However, for people who don’t get along with the yoke, this will be money well spent. When Tesla introduced the yoke to the refreshed Model S and Model X in 2021, it received strong reactions from owners and fans alike. It’s clearly a love it or hate it kind of thing.
Judging by Tesla’s decision earlier this year to bring back the round steering wheel for new Model S/X orders and now as an upgrade option for existing owners, it seems more people hated it than they did. charm.
Many owners complained that it was not practical for daily driving, especially when navigating tight turns. The lack of levers for the windshield wipers or transmission, as well as capacitive touch buttons for the turn signals and horn, were also criticized. Unfortunately, those aren’t coming back, at least not that we know of.