Tesla just unveiled the Model S Plaid, and it has the fastest 0-60 of any production car
Battery Day gave us news about the Model S Plaid
In light of Battery Day, Tesla announced some official figures for the Model S Plaid, and it makes supercars look like BMW Isetta's.
The Tesla Model S Plaid is the track version of the Model S, and it is the fastest car Tesla has ever made. The Model S Plaid will have the fastest 0-60 time of any production car ever made, the fastest quarter-mile acceleration of any production car ever, and the fastest lap time at Laguna Seca ever.
Zero to 60 is done in less than 2 seconds, and the quarter-mile will be done in less than 9 seconds. And things get better when you dig in a bit deeper. The Model S Plaid will be the fastest car to go around Laguna. It went around the track last Sunday in 1.30.3 minutes, and tesla is confident that they'll be able to shed off 3 seconds off that time. Model S Plaid will do 200 miles per hour, due to a Tri-Motor all-wheel-drive system, which produces over 1,100 horsepower. For reference, that's more than a Bugatti Veyron.
Model S Plaid will be available with Full Auto Pilot, an $8,000 option. Here's what it means: automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars, automatic lane changes while driving on the highway, Autopark (both parallel and perpendicular spaces), Summon (your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Literally anywhere), Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (assisted stops at traffic controlled intersections), and soon enough, Autosteer on city streets. That's a huge milestone not only for Tesla, but for the auto industry in general.
And yet, things get better. The Model S Plaid will have over 520 miles of range, which allows the Plaid to go farther on one charge than almost any other vehicle. However, all of this does come to a great, great cost. Simply put, the Model S Plaid starts at $134,490, and you can option one up to $155,490 . A great deal of that is the $8,000 Full Self-Driving Capability option, but do keep in mind the Plaid does come with normal Autopilot.
The Model S Plaid will be available in late 2021, which isn't all that far away. Until then, you can go ahead of pre-order your Model S Plaid on the Tesla website right now. And really, if you've got the cash, it might be worth it. There's no beating the fastest 0-60 car in production, same goes for the quarter-mile time. And compare those statistics to cars of similar performance, and you'll be paying around $200,000, which just goes to show how much better and cheaper electric-powered cars really are.