The Model S Plaid will hit 60 mph in 2 seconds.

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Tesla Model S Plaid first production went into production on Thursday, with company CEO Elon musk showing the four electric doors at an event in Fremont, California. The plaid is the top-of-the-range S model, packing 1,020 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 2 seconds and an estimated range of 390 miles.

This insane performance is due to a new configuration with three engines with carbon sheath, which allows a vectorization of the rear torque. There is also a new heat pump, which means there is no performance degradation. In addition to the extremely fast 0-60 mph time – You’re here actually quotes 1.99 seconds, but come on – the Model S Plaid would have covered the quarter mile in 9.2 seconds at 155 mph. For comparison, a McLaren 765LT can go the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds.

When the The Model S Plaid was first announced in JanuaryTesla said it would have a top speed of 200 mph, but that’s not really the case – yet, anyway. According to an addendum on Tesla’s website, the upper end of 200 mph will be achievable “when fitted with the proper wheels and tires,” which the company says will be available this fall.

Speaking of which, the 390-mile range only applies to Plaid models equipped with the base 19-inch wheels. The optional 21-inch wheels cut the range to around 350 miles and cost an additional $ 4,500. In other words, no, you can’t have a car with both 390 miles of range. and a top speed of 200 mph. But at least you’ll get this cool badge to let everyone know your Tesla is special.

An even more extreme S Plaid Plus model was originally planned, with a whopping 1,100 hp, a 0-60 time in under 2 seconds and an estimated range of 520 miles. Whether this unprecedented range is actually achievable is a moot point, as Musk canceled Plaid Plus last weekend, saying that the standard plaid is “so good”.

The Plaid has all the same Updates Tesla gave the Model S earlier this year, including subtle exterior styling adjustments and a large interior upgrade. There is a 17 inch horizontal central control screen and this crazy leadership yoke. There are also no traditional joysticks and the gear selector controls are integrated into the touchscreen. The models “guesses the driving direction based on the obstacles he sees“Musk said via Twitter in January.

The Model S’s new interior comes with a 17-inch screen and that weird steering yoke.

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The Model S Plaid receives new carbon fiber or wood trim as well as increased interior storage space. Rear passengers benefit from more generously reinforced packages with more room, a folding armrest and an 8-inch screen that offers the same infotainment and gaming functions as the front screen. Model S comes standard with a glass roof, three-zone climate control, 22-speaker audio system, heated seats for all passengers and ventilated front seats.

The price of the Tesla Model S Plaid starts at $ 131,100, including $ 1,200 for the destination, but without the potential tax credits, which is $ 10,000 more than initially planned. White is the only free exterior color, with black, gray and blue costing $ 1,500 and red $ 2,500. The standard all-black interior option is free, but the black and white and cream options cost $ 2,000. Finally, the only other add-on is the misleading name full self-drive option, for $ 10,000. As a reminder, the Tesla Model S is absolutely not an autonomous car; the company’s autopilot technology is a Driver assistance system classified SAE level 2. Overall, a fully loaded Plaid Model S costs $ 145,600 before available savings. Cars are available to order now.

In addition to the Model S, Tesla will soon offer a Checkered version of its Model X crossover. The larger Tesla EV will have 1,020 hp, a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 163 mph, and an estimated range of 340 miles. The X Plaid model is priced at $ 121,100, destination included, and the first deliveries are scheduled for January or February 2022.


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