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Saturday, June 12, 2021

New Tesla Model S Plaid Is "Faster Than Any Porsche, Safer Than Any Volvo"


Tesla Founder Elon Musk continues his technological one-upmanship with the introduction of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid—the newest iteration of their nearly decade-old all-electric sedan.

A reference to the 1987 comedy movie Spaceballs, the Model S Plaid packs a peak output of 1,020 horsepower almost all of which is available from 128 km/h upward. With that, Tesla says it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in just 1.99 seconds, and deliver a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h). More importantly, the tri-motor, single-gear EV can still manage a range of 390 miles (627 kilometers) between charges.



The excessive levels of performance necessitated changes to electric motor design. Spinning at up to 20,000 rpm, it’s the first production electric motor to be sleeved in carbon. Moreover, it has a new heat pump with a radiator twice as large as the non-Plaid Model S to help cool the battery. It also improves cold weather range by 30 percent as well.

Design-wise, the Model S Plaid cuts the wind more efficiently, dropping its co-efficient of drag from 0.24 to 0.208.

Inside, the Model S Plaid does come with the controversial yoke-style steering wheel. How this can be useful in regular driving is a question still left unanswered, but Tesla says they’ve done this to improve visibility.



Other changes include a simplified cabin layout with a 17-inch landscape tablet touchscreen that offers “Playstation 5-level performance” (AMD Ryzen CPU and AMD RDNA 2 GPU if you’re into such things), a roomier backseat with their own infotainment system, a 22-speaker audio system, and hidden AC vents with built-in HEPA filters.

During its launch, Musk said that his new Model S Plaid is “faster than any Porsche, safer than any Volvo.”

Hampered by production delays due to supply chain issues, Musk says they will be releasing 25 Model S Plaids now, and will soon deliver “several hundred” a week and after that, 1,000 a week by next quarter. Prices start at around USD 130,000 (P 6.210 million).


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