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News Tesla Model S Plaid Gets Three Motors and Over 1,100 Horsepower

Tesla Model S Plaid Gets Three Motors and Over 1,100 Horsepower

The pioneering EV sedan refuses to age and become irrelevant.


  • Tesla Model S Plaid said to pack more than 1,100 horsepower.

  • Zero to 60 mph in less than 2.0 seconds, top speed of 200 mph.

  • Production should start at the end of 2021.


Just when we might be thinking that the Tesla Model S was getting long in the tooth and that finally, other automakers were introducing direct rivals to the fully electric sedan, Elon and his merry crew pull a rabbit out of their hats.

That rabbit is the Tesla Model S Plaid, a new range-topping edition that’s equipped with not one, not two, but three electric motors and is said to develop more than 1,100 horsepower. It’s touted as having the “quickest 0-60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration of any production car ever.”

As a matter of fact, Tesla claims the Model S Plaid can blast from 0 to 60 in less than two seconds (or 100 km/h in less than 2.1 seconds) and clear the quarter-mile in less than nine, in addition to being able to reach 200 mph (320 km/h). To further drive the point home, the company amusingly states that “the only thing beyond Ludicrous is Plaid.”

In the U.S., the Tesla Model S Plaid’s driving range is estimated at more than 520 miles or 840 km, compared to the Long Range Plus’s 402 miles (647 km) and the Performance trim’s 348 miles (560 km). The Plaid variant is priced at $139,990 before green-vehicle incentives, if applicable, and full self-driving capability is an $8,000 option. In Canada, the supersedan starts at $189,990 while the self-driving package costs an extra $10,600.

While all this sounds fantastic, it’s worth noting that production of the Tesla Model S Plaid won’t start before the end of 2021, so we’re still a year away from seeing it hit the road. Still, it seems as though Tesla simply won’t let its competitors catch up in regards to driving range and performance.

Who are these competitors, exactly? Well, there’s the Lucid Air with its 1,080-horsepower electric drivetrain, which recently beat Tesla’s Laguna Seca lap record for a four-door vehicle. There’s also the Porsche Taycan as well as the Mercedes-Benz EQS that’s due pretty soon, which is a fully electric variant of the S-Class sedan, although we’ve yet to get details on this upcoming full-size luxury sedan.

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