Tesla prepares to begin deliveries of its new Model S Plaid

Tesla Model S Plaid

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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 broadcast event in Fremont, California.

CEO Elon Musk had promised that the Tesla Model S Plaid would deliver 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 2 seconds.

The company’s website says the three-motor, four-wheel-drive Model S Plaid also produces 1,020 horsepower, has a battery with an EPA-rated range of up to 390 miles, and can reach top speed. 200 miles per hour, if equipped with the right wheels and tires. Those won’t be available until fall, according to the site’s fine print.

The interior of the Model S Plaid also includes a steering yoke in place of a traditional steering wheel, a 17-inch center touchscreen and a separate 8-inch screen in the rear for passenger entertainment, and the processing power that , according to the company, it is on par with modern games. consoles like the PlayStation 5.

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Fans had expected deliveries of the Model S Plaid to begin earlier this year after Musk said the company had already embarked on production in January on an earnings call from Tesla. Later, Tesla reported that Model S (and Model X) production dropped to zero in the first quarter vehicle deliveries and production upgrade.

Ahead of Thursday’s heavily touted delivery event, originally scheduled for June 3, Musk said on Twitter that Tesla also canceled the Model S Plaid plus variant that would have cost drivers around $ 150,000 and promised a tantalizing battery life of about 520 miles.

Musk said, in a couple of tweets promoting Model S Plaid before the start of deliveries: “Plaid + is canceled. Not necessary, as Plaid is so good, “adding” 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds. The fastest production car ever made by any kind. You have to feel it to believe it. “

On Thursday, the price of the Model S Plaid had risen by $ 10,000 to $ 129,990, which compares to $ 79,990 for a long-range 2021 Model S, a twin-engine, all-wheel-drive version of the electric sedan that features a range. 412-mile battery life. .

The Plaid moniker for Tesla’s high-performance version of the Model S is a continuation of the company’s tribute to “Spaceballs,” the 1980s Star Wars parody co-written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. In “Spaceballs,” the spaceships accelerate from slight to ridiculous, then ridiculous, and finally to “plaid.” Previous versions of Tesla vehicles featured the Ludicrous mode, which Tesla first announced in July 2015.

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