World, Tesla has revealed the all-new Tesla Model S Plaid in its full-glory (no, not the Plaid + variant because Elon thinks that the ‘standard’ Plaid is good enough). Personally, came as a surprise to me as wherever I looked yesterday, I saw nothing regarding this launch, but I guess this is how Tesla rolls, yeah?
So then, what’s different in the Model S Plaid? For starters, it is set to cost more, much more, $10,000 more than what it used to, before. Why has this been done, we don’t know, but we can only guess that this has something to do with the Plaid + variant now being axed and the Model S being a highly profitable model in general. Tesla also notes that “it should be less costly to produce than before.”
Nevertheless, let’s talk about the car. CEO Musk has promised that the car will do 0-60 in under 2secs (1.99secs to be precise), with power coming from three motors, in an all-wheel-drive guise, with torque vectoring featuring three independent motors each with a carbon-sleeved rotor that maintains peak power output up to the top speed. Put simply, the Model S Plaid produces 1,020hp, has an estimated range of 390 miles, and can hit 200mph, if equipped with proper wheels and tyres.
On the inside, yes, it will have the ‘steering yoke’ rather than a traditional steering wheel, a 17-inch touchscreen display in the center for everything Tesla, and an 8-inch display at the back for the passengers’ entertainment. Oh, and yes, the processing power in the touchscreen would be enough to challenge the likes of the PlayStation 5. Furthermore, you are set to be welcomed by a clean, powerful yet invisible cabin conditioning with three-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, and HEPA filtration comes as standard. The rear has been redesigned to make extra headroom, legroom, enough for three adults.
The new model has Full Self-Driving Capability that introduces additional features and improves existing functionality to make your car more capable over time including: Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, and Autopark to name a few.
The Model S Plaid will get you 187 miles of range in just 15 minutes and Elon says “he’ll be delivering 1,000 cars per week by next quarter.” The Model S was first launched in 2012, and since then, it has been the big buck-maker for the company, hence, Musk is betting big on the Model S Plaid variant – “It’ll be faster than any Porsche, and safer than any Volvo,” he says.