Tesla recently updated its Model S with a host of new features and functions including a new yoke steering wheel in place of the conventional round one. The steering wheel on the Plaid version of the Model S, that looks similar to control wheels inside the cockpit of an aeroplane, has received mixed response from customers.
As more and more people have started getting behind the wheel of the new Model S, they are sharing their feedback videos about the butterfly-shaped steering wheel. One of the videos posted by OCDetailing on YouTube shows that getting used to the new kind of steering wheel can be a learning curve, especially in parking spots where hands get all over the place due to lack of space on the wheel.
A traditional round steering wheel lets one easily steer in any and every direction but with a cut-off wheel, practicality of the yoke steering easily has been questioned by many. The videos show that while lane changes are performed without any issues, it gets cumbersome to smoothly steer in tight turns. The drivers’ hands cross with each other often. A Twitter user and a Tesla owner wrote, “I wonder if they adjusted the steering ratio to adapt for this shape.”