Model S Plaid has sub two-second 0-60 mph time
Largest refresh for Model S since debut of vehicle
Tesla threw a party in California last night. The first Tesla Model S Plaid sedans were delivered to customers just outside of the automaker’s Fremont, CA, factory.
25 customers took delivery of their Model S Plaid at the event. Company design boss Franz von Holzhausen stepped up on stage holding a sledgehammer. An in-joke to tease when the designer smashed the window of a Tesla pickup’s windows on stage when the automaker made a failed attempt to show off the new truck’s glass.
The Tesla Model S Plaid was supposed to be joined by a Plaid+ model. That car would get Tesla’s new battery cell technology and would have offered a 33 percent higher range. The model was cancelled by CEO Elon Musk in a Tweet just a few days before this event.
The Model S Plaid (which is a reference to the classic comedy film Spaceballs for those still wondering) uses a new three-motor system that Musk claims delivers more than 1,000 hp and can hit 0-60 mph in less than two seconds.
“We’re in production and gonna deliver the first 25 cars now, and then basically should be at several hundred cars per week soon and a thousand cars per week next quarter,” Musk said.
In addition to the new motors, the refreshed Model S has a new user interface for the infotainment system. Musk compares the performance of the system to a Playstation 5, saying it can play video games at 60 frames per second for when you’re not planning to drive your car.
Other interior upgrades included new trim and materials, but viewers were not shown the inside of the car to see if the production model had the yoke-style steering wheel of the prototype.
Customers in Canada are still looking at late summer for delivery of ordered refreshed Model S vehicles.