They were introduced in August 2017 with the upgrade to the AP computer to version 2.5. So if you're browsing on EV-CPO.com for a vehicle on Tesla's site, you can sort by "AP 2.5". Or for private party/dealers, look for the build date. Another tell - the rear seat was changed as part of this minor refresh, and the two passenger seats became more contoured (and comfortable I think!). The prior version was pretty flat.
Actually you are comparing Gen1 seats with Tesla premium but a seat existed in 2016 that was made by Recaro and is Tesla's best seat: the next gen seat and it's very nicely bolstered and has real leather. Definitely better than Tesla's first attempt at seating.
Cars built from October 2016 through July 2017 would be AP2. Beginning in August 2017, they started using AP2.5 hardware which included cameras with improved color.I see, that’s kind of a deal breaker for me sadly. If there’s a definite/easy way to upgrade the cameras then I’d definitely jump on a used 2016.
is there a way to tell if a used Model S has “real color” cameras?
For the visual folks (see below). I did upgrade my repeater (fender) cameras but it was a little challenging (post: Upgrading AP cameras ).Cars built from October 2016 through July 2017 would be AP2. Beginning in August 2017, they started using AP2.5 hardware which included cameras with improved color.
Many of us have had no problem buying cameras directly from Tesla and upgrading our AP2 cars. You can also find them for sale on Ebay. Shop around though and get quotes from Tesla. Sometimes the cameras on Ebay are a deal. Other times they are a rip-off.
You should be able to find answers to all of your camera questions in Upgrading AP cameras