Elon Musk shows Tesla Model S Plaid with $131,100 price tag, 390-mile range
The first production Tesla Model S Plaid rolled off the line on Thursday, with company CEO Elon Musk showing the electric four-door at an event in Fremont, California. The Plaid is the , packing 1,020 horsepower, a 0-to-60-mph time of 2 seconds and an estimated 390-mile range.
That insane performance comes thanks to a new carbon-sleeved, tri-motor setup, which allows for rear torque vectoring. In addition to the extremely quick 0-to-60-mph time — Tesla actually quotes 1.99 seconds, but come on — the Model S Plaid will allegedly run the quarter mile in a blistering 9.2 seconds at 155 mph. For comparison, a can run the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds.
When the, Tesla said it would have a 200-mph top speed, but that’s not actually the case — for now, anyway. According to an addendum on Tesla’s website, the 200-mph top end will be achievable “when equipped with the proper wheels and tires,” which the company says will be available this fall.
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Speaking of which, the 390-mile range only applies to Plaid models fitted with the base 19-inch wheels. The optional 21-inch wheels lower the range to an estimated 350 miles, and cost $4,500 extra to boot. In other words, no, you won’t be able to have a car with both a 390-mile range and a 200-mph top speed. But at least you’ll get this cool badge to let everyone else know your Tesla is special.
An even more extreme Model S Plaid Plus was originally planned, with a whopping 1,100 hp, sub-2-second 0-to-60 time and an estimated 520 miles of range. Whether or not that unprecedented range is actually attainable is a moot point, however, as, saying the standard Plaid is “just so good.”
The Plaid has all the same, including subtle exterior styling tweaks and a big interior upgrade. There’s a 17-inch horizontal central control screen and . There are no traditional control stalks, either, and the gear selector controls are built into the touchscreen. The Model S “ ,” Musk said via Twitter in January.
The Model S Plaid gets new carbon fiber or wood trim along with increased interior storage. Rear passengers are treated to more generously bolstered sets with more room, a fold-down armrest, and there’s an 8-inch screen that offers the same infotainment and gaming functions as the front display. The Model S comes standard with a glass roof, three-zone climate control, a 22-speaker audio system, heated seats for all passengers and ventilated front seats.
Pricing for the Tesla Model S Plaid starts at $131,100 — including $1,200 for destination but not including any potential tax credits — which is. White is the only no-cost exterior color, with black, gray and blue costing $1,500, and red coming in at $2,500. The standard all-black interior option is free, but both the black-and-white and cream options cost $2,000. Finally, the only other add-on is the misleadingly named Full Self-Driving option, for $10,000. As a reminder, the Tesla Model S is absolutely not a self-driving car; the company’s Autopilot tech is an . All in, a fully loaded Model S Plaid costs $145,600 before available savings. The cars are available to order now.
In addition to the Model S, Tesla will soon offer a. The larger Tesla EV will have 1,020 hp, a 2.5-second 0-to-60-mph time, a 163-mph top speed and a 340-mile estimated range. The Model X Plaid is priced at $121,100 including destination, and the first deliveries are slated for January or February of 2022.