P​laid is the New Ludicrous

Tesla's Plaid Model S will knock your socks off, and it might just be a bargain.

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Today, Tesla held their "Battery Day" event, during which they revealed to the world their plan for future battery manufacturing, how they plan to put those innovations to work during vehicle production, and how they plan to meet energy needs for EVs in the future. They also revealed what might just be the most insane car they have ever produced and, coincidentally, it might just be a bargain.

"​They've Gone to Plaid!"

F​or about a year or so, Elon Musk has been talking about the supposedly "insane" Plaid Model S, a variant of the California automotive company's flagship Model S sedan that is meant to decimate the Taycan Turbo S and any other competition that is bound to come up. Here are the headline figures: 1100+ horsepower, 0-60 miles per hour in just under 2 seconds, a sub 9 second 1/4 mile time, and a 1:30.33 lap time at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California. Tesla's planning to offer all of this for around $140,000.

"​Tell me, how on Earth is it a bargain?"

$​140,000 is by no means cheap. It's quite a bit, especially considering that for the same amount of money you can get yourself a pretty well-equipped 911 Carrera 4S. In my eyes, this Plaid variant is essentially a budget version of the upcoming Roadster 2.0. They both share the Plaid powertrain, both most likely have the same battery pack, and most likely have the same models of motors, although the Model S is likely to use a dual-motor setup instead of a tri-motor. Not to mention, the closest competition to the S is the Taycan, which for the high-performance Turbo S variant, starts at $185,000. Compared to that $200k Roadster and the Taycan, it really does seem to be a bargain.

The day the Plaid S will be released, which should supposedly be sometime in late 2021, is the day we'll be able to tell if it is as good as it seems on paper. Knowing how other Teslas drive, like the Model Y I drove a few months back, I do genuinely think that this car will be incredibly fun to throw around. I just wonder if it'll be able to launch repeatedly without issues as the Taycan can.

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  • 1.30s on Laguna Seca seems ridiculously slow for a car that does 0-60 in under 2 seconds. Just how bad is it's handling?

      7 months ago
    • Bear in mind the Senna’s lap record is 1:27.62, and I believe they had said that they were going to try and push the car and see if they could beat it...

      I don’t think handling is that bad, they’re incredibly planted and all, but then again it’s...

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        7 months ago