Tesla CEO Elon Musk appear Tuesday the Model S Plaid, the newest alternative to the company’s flagship auto that boasts some agitative achievement and ambit claims, including the adeptness to biking at atomic 520 afar on a distinct charge.
The Model S with this added able “Plaid” powertrain won’t be accessible until backward 2021. Tesla, however, has already opened up orders for the agent that starts aloof a skosh beneath $140,000.
In September 2019, Musk tweeted that “the alone affair above Ludicrous is Plaid,” a brain-teaser to a higher-performing agent and a nod to the cine “Spaceballs.” At the time, Musk said the new powertrain would go into assembly in about a year, which is appropriate about now.
However, during the reveal, which was tucked in amid the company’s alleged Battery Day, Musk appear that the Model S Plaid would go into assembly in backward 2021. The Tesla website, which requires a $1,000 refundable deposit, says deliveries will activate in backward 2021.
This new Plaid powertrain will accept three motors, one added than the dual-motor arrangement begin in today’s Model S and X. The end aftereffect is a faster, longer-range and added big-ticket adaptation of the Model S. The powertrain produces 1,100 horsepower, achieves a top acceleration of 200 mph and can advance from 0 to 60 mph in beneath 2 seconds, Musk said.
Last year Musk had adumbrated the Plaid powertrain would additionally be accessible in the Model X and the accessible Roadster. Musk fabricated no acknowledgment of whether these models would accept the beefier powertrain.
Musk showed a blow of the Model S Plaid at the Laguna Seca approach commutual a lap in 1:30.3. That’s a six-second advance over a analysis Tesla fabricated on its Plaid powertrain and anatomy ancestor aftermost year.