Tesla Model S plaid
Tesla was ready to begin shipping its new Model S Plaid, a high-performance version of the company’s flagship electric sedan, with a live-stream event in Fremont, California on Thursday.
CEO Elon Musk had promised that the Tesla Model S plaid would accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds.
The company’s website states that the three-engine Model S Plaid with all-wheel drive also develops 1,020 horsepower, has a battery with an EPA-certified range of up to 390 miles, and can reach a top speed of 300 mph when equipped with is the right wheels and tires. According to the small print on the website, these won’t be available until autumn.
The interior of the Model S Plaid also includes a steering yoke instead of a traditional steering wheel, a 17-inch touchscreen display in the center and a separate 8-inch display in the rear for passenger entertainment consoles such as the PlayStation 5.
2021 Tesla Model S checkered interior
Fans were expecting Model S Plaid shipments to begin earlier this year after Musk said the company started production back in January as part of a Tesla call for profits. Then Tesla reported that Model S (and Model X) production in vehicle deliveries and production update had dropped to zero in the first quarter.
Ahead of the heavily promoted delivery event on Thursday, originally slated for June 3, Musk said on Twitter that Tesla had also canceled the Model S Plaid plus variant, which would have cost drivers around $ 150,000 and an enticing battery range of around 520 miles.
Musk said in two tweets in which the Model S Plaid was hyped before shipments started: “Plaid + is canceled. No need as Plaid is just that good, “he added,” 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds, sort of. Has to be felt to be believed. “
On Thursday, the price of the Model S plaid had risen by $ 10,000 to $ 129,990 – compared to $ 79,990 for a 2021 long-range Model S, an all-wheel drive version of the two-engine electric sedan and a battery range of 412 miles .
The nickname Plaid for Tesla’s high-performance version of the Model S is a continuation of the company’s homage to “Spaceballs” – the 1980s Star Wars parody co-written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. In “Spaceballs” spaceships accelerate from light to ridiculous, then ridiculous speed and finally to “plaid”. Earlier versions of Tesla vehicles featured the Ludicrous mode, which Tesla first announced in July 2015.
This is a developing story. Please check again for updates.