2023 Tesla Model S and X Add Pretty but Pricey $3000 Red Paint

  • The 2023 Tesla Model S and Model X add a $3000 Ultra Red paint option, replacing the previous $2K red paint.
  • Both Teslas also add a newly designed glass roof that is said to weigh less and let in more light, albeit with the same UV protection.
  • Checkered models add new brake shoes that have a higher thermal capacity than before – they’re also still without the carbon ceramic kit that Tesla promised.

For people who want the most beautiful red paint on their 2023 Tesla Model S or Model X, they will have to shell out $3000. This is the price of the new Ultra Red paint option that Tesla offers on its two largest models.

The new red paint replaces the $2000 Red Multi-Coat option still available on the Model 3 and the Model Y. The more expensive color on the Model S and X comes just days after Tesla marked each one down by about $5000 and $10K, respectively . However, Tesla is giving both minor updates.

Is it getting hot in here?

Besides the new nicer, but more expensive paint, the Model S and X add a newly designed glass roof that is said to weigh less than the one it replaces. Shaving weight off the top could help lower the two Teslas’ center of gravity, which in turn could improve their handling.

On the other hand, we’re not thrilled with the idea of ​​a glass roof that allegedly allows five times more light into the cabin. Tesla claims it offers the same amount of UV protection as the old one, so we’ll just have to wait to sit in one on a hot sunny day to find out.

Give us a break

On the bright side (pun intended), the high-performance Plaid variants of the Model S and Model X now have improved brake shoes. Tesla claims the new pads offer a higher thermal capacity than the old ones.

2023 tesla model's plaid


From what we can decipher from Tesla’s Twitter, the update only affects the brake pads, leaving the standard rotors and calipers unchanged. We’ve criticized the stock brakes on the Model S Plaid before, so we’re glad to see improvements (no matter how slight). Still, it’s worth noting that Tesla hasn’t yet introduced the track-capable carbon-ceramic brake option the company promised was coming.

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