Elon doesn’t muck around. Just one day after BMW announced its most powerful production car ever, Tesla has fired back unveiling Plaid and Plaid+ versions of its Model X and Model S vehicles, the latter of which is set to become Australia’s fastest-accelerating car.
2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+
The 2021 update sees Tesla introduce a suite of technology and aesthetic upgrades, dramatically altering the drivelines on the Model S. Judging by the specs, this is one powerhouse EV. According to the manufacturer, the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+ has more than 1,100Hp or 820kW of power. That figure puts it well above the 735kW mark set by the most powerful car currently in Australia, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. By comparison, the over-800kW bracket nearly doubles the supercharged options offered by traditional auto-fan favourites Ford and Holden.
Look, the stat sheet is loaded. By all accounts, the new Tesla Model S Plaid+ can hit 100km/h is less than two seconds, completing a 400-metre drag strip in under nine. According to Tesla heads in the company’s earnings presentation, that puts it as the “fastest-accelerating production car in the world”.
“It will be the fastest production car ever, (the first) that is able to go from zero to 60 miles an hour in under two seconds,” Musk said, via TheDriven. “This is a luxury sedan, that is able to go zero to 60 in less than two seconds, and will have the ability to seat up to seven people with the third row seats. So, pretty nuts.”
But it isn’t just speed that Tesla is banking on with the new releases. Both the Tesla Model S Plaid and Plaid+ versions have copped a redesigned battery pack and modules, along with upgraded interiors and connectivity.
The Model S, which offers 390 miles (628km) of range and a top speed of 200mph will cost USD$112,990 (AUD$216,656), including potential incentives. For the higher-spec Plaid+, you’re looking at USD$132,990 for a 520-mile range on a single charge. Both models will ship later this year, with the Plaid version arriving first in March.
Tesla Model X Plaid
Not content with unveiling a new performance beast, Tesla also revealed the upgraded Model X. Featuring a similar revamp to its sportier sibling, the Model X has copped a serious injection of power. According to its website, Tesla is claiming it’s the “highest-performing SUV ever built” in terms of power and acceleration.
That power comes by way of three high-performance motors, which give the Tesla Model X a whopping 1,020 Hp (760Kw), still far above that of the Ferrari SF Stradale.
According to reports, it has a maximum range of 340 miles and can do 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds. The new Tesla Model X Plaid will set you back USD$113,190, inclusive of incentives.
Whether you’re a fan of Musk and Tesla or not, you can’t help but be impressed by these numbers. We’ll have to keep an eye on the road once these new issues start rolling in.