Elon Musk claims Tesla Model S Plaid "will read your mind"
Because of course it can
The new Tesla Model S Plaid was revealed at a live event at the Fremont's plant in California earlier this week and as you'd expect, Musk took the stage to make the usual improbable and bombastic claims. This time he also said the Plaid can actually read your mind.
I know Musk is eccentric and used to making these crazy statements but the fact of the matter is technology can, and does, read your mind. So to speak. Our Amazon, Instagram, Google, Facebook (etc.) accounts are constantly reading our mind, in a broad sense, predicting patterns of behavior based on previous interactions and researches. And in fact that's exactly what the Plaid can do. The company says the car memorize your locations and destinations and actually learn to perform basic tasks - like driving itself out of your driveway - on its own, "like it's reading your mind". I don't particularly like to hear that but I can see what they mean.
Other random facts about the Plaid? Well, it has the lowest drag coefficient of any vehicle (0.208), a three-zone climate control, a new 17-inch touchscreen and it can achieve 187 miles of range in 15 minutes. Musk also says Tesla will be "delivering 1,000 cars per week by next quarter" and, you're gonna love this, the Plaid "feels like a spaceship. Words cannot describe the limbic resonance". Whatever that means.
The bad news is the Plaid is going to cost $10,000 more than previously anticipated, it's now priced at $129,990, and the Model S Long Range is also more expensive, with an updated price tag of $88,190, nearly $18,000 more than before.
It has three electric motors, for a combined power output of 1,020 hp, which is more than enough to propel it from standstill to 60 in 1.99 seconds and on to a top speed (with optional wheels that aren't technically available yet) of 200 mph. The range is pretty good: 412 miles for the 'standard' Model S and just under 400 for the Plaid.
The Model S was first unveiled nearly 10 years ago, in 2012, but it has aged gracefully and still looks modern. The company says the Plaid is designed to entice Tesla customers who are currently migrating away from Tesla and Musk added that it "will be faster than any Porsche, and safer than any Volvo".