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Range-topping version of EV, due in 2021, will use three motors to do 0-60mph in less than 2.0sec
Tom Morgan, deputy digital editor
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23 September 2020

Tesla has confirmed that the long-awaited Model S Plaid, the newest and most powerful version of its larger electric saloon, will go into production late next year.

Announced at the company's Battery Day, the Plaid will use three motors to produce around 1100bhp. It will be capable of 0-60mph in less than 2.0sec and have a top speed of 200mph, which Tesla claims will make it the most powerful and quickest-accelerating production car in the world.

A higher-capacity battery, likely using the improved battery technology also announced during the event, promises to deliver as much as 520 miles on a single charge. 

Prices are set to start from £130,980 in the UK, with pre-orders now being accepted. Deliveries are exptected to begin in late 2021.

During the car's unveiling, Tesla showed a video clip of a Model S Plaid lapping the Laguna Seca racew track in 1min 30.3sec – a 6sec improvement over the prototype it tested there in 2019.

The company has yet to fully reveal the car's exterior design, offering only short glimpses in a teaser video. Plaid prototypes had previously been spotted testing at the Nürburgring with a dramatic aerodynamic package, but this latest footage suggests the design will be toned down for production, with a more modest rear spoiler and higher ride height.

Tweets from the official Tesla account suggest the American company is planning to return to the German circuit later this year to challenge the lap time set by the Porsche Taycan Turbo S.

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23 September 2020

Having borrowed a friends P100D recently and nearly making the whole family throw up when I kept just zooming forwards quickly, it would be far better if they could make it say, 4 or 5 secs 0-60 (enough for any public road car to overtake slower cars easily) but have ranges of 700+ miles instead.  Awesome.

23 September 2020
Deputy wrote:

Having borrowed a friends P100D recently and nearly making the whole family throw up when I kept just zooming forwards quickly, it would be far better if they could make it say, 4 or 5 secs 0-60 (enough for any public road car to overtake slower cars easily) but have ranges of 700+ miles instead.  Awesome.

They should really concentrate on totally restyling it and making it give some sort of feedback to the driver before they do any of this.

23 September 2020
Why plaid?
Impressive if unnecessary performance but no one would criticise an RS Audi, M BMW or AMG Merc for similar.
Still a good looking car the model S, far better resolved than the 3.

23 September 2020
si73 wrote:

Why plaid? I

From Spaceballs the movie, only thing faster then ludicrious speed is plaid. Elons a space geekwith a sense of humour

23 September 2020
Thanks for that, I like that reason, it's amusing and quite cool.

23 September 2020

Is there such a thing as too fast?, at one time 200mph and 0-60mph in 2 seconds was the preserve of racing cars, Dragsters, now, it seems anyone with the money, a lottery winner even will be able to buy a car way to fast for the public road, you could say it's a waste of the cars potential you could start a business doing runway days, giving passengers the thrill  of their lives, but, really, we're talking about the drivers with money but no common sense who'll drive them on the main roads, do traffic light drag racing, maybe the car should have a limiter, like some cars in Japan, that pegs the top speed to 112mph?, I mean , imagine midnight on the M25 and someone goes for the top speed, the full 200 mph, no, 200mph? Pay! bit boring now, it's soooo easy.

23 September 2020

 Once upon a time BHP figures like this were Drag cars, quarter mile performance cars, they've no business on main roads, and they shouldn't fall into the hands of inexperienced drivers either, I mean, if your 17 year old child has just passed there test, would you lend them it?

23 September 2020

Impressive acceleration but unless they address the miriad weaknesses of the current model then not that impressive. As others have said it was fast enough anyway, but are not all Tesla's just 'one trick Pony's'? After driving a Model 3 or Model S take a drive in a Taycan Turbo and you will know what I mean.

23 September 2020

Silly bragging rights from Tesla

fix the crappy quality, dodgy panel-gaps first.

then improve the range

Sub 2-secs in a 2 tonne 5 /7 seater isn't relevant. 

Lucid Air makes it look like something from the 90s 

23 September 2020

196mph Porsche Panamera gets no comments regarding it's top speed but when a Model S gets to 200 it becomes unacceptable. 

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