Tesla was set to begin deliveries of its new Model S Plaid, a high-performance version of the company’s flagship electric sedan, on Thursday with a live event in Fremont, California.
CEO Elon Musk had promised the Tesla Model S Plaid would deliver 0-60mph acceleration in under 2 seconds.
The company’s website says the three-motor all-wheel-drive S Plaid Model S also produces 1,020 horsepower, has a battery with an EPA rated range of up to 390 miles, and can reach a top speed of 200 miles at the hour, if it is equipped with the appropriate wheels and tires. These won’t be available until fall, according to the fine print on the site.
The interior of the S Plaid also features a steering yoke rather than a traditional steering wheel, a 17-inch center touchscreen and a separate 8-inch screen in the rear for passenger entertainment, and processing power that , according to the company, is comparable to modern games. consoles like the PlayStation 5.
Tesla Model S 2021 checked interior
Fans expected deliveries of the Model S Plaid to begin early this year after Musk said the company had already started production in January during a Tesla earnings call. Next, Tesla reported that Model S (and Model X) production fell to zero during its vehicle deliveries and Q1 production update.
Ahead of Thursday’s heavily promoted delivery event, originally slated for June 3, Musk said on Twitter that Tesla also canceled the Model S Plaid plus variant that reportedly cost drivers around $ 150,000 and promised tantalizing range of about 520 miles.
Musk said, in a pair of tweets promoting the Model S Plaid ahead of deliveries kicking off: âPlaid + is canceled. No need, because Plaid is so good,â adding â0 to 60 mph less of 2 seconds The fastest production car of any kind Must be felt to be believed.
As of Thursday, the price of the Model S Plaid had increased from $ 10,000 to $ 129,990 – which compares to $ 79,990 for a long-range 2021 Model S, a dual-engine, all-wheel-drive version of the electric sedan. offering a battery life of 412 miles. .
Plaid’s nickname for Tesla’s high-performance version of Model S is a continuation of the company’s homage to âSpaceballsâ – the 1980s Star Wars parody co-written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. In “Spaceballs”, the spaceships accelerate from light to ridiculous speed, then ridiculous and finally to “plaid”. Earlier versions of Tesla vehicles featured Ludicrous Mode, which Tesla first announced in July 2015.
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