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Tesla Model S Plaid - how fast can you get fast?

MotorTrend managed to do 0-60 in 1.98 seconds, but with a huge caveat!

Big company - big claims. This seems to be the mantra of Tesla, but can you get those numbers in real life? Yes and no. Turns out MotorTrend did an exclusive test to Tesla's claim and the result leave some very mixed feelings about the whole internet craze. Here's the short take:

Credit: Tesla Oracle

Credit: Tesla Oracle

Firstly you'll need a drag strip that will allow you to drive your stock Model S Plaid. There are certain NHRA regulations that require fast cars of this caliber to be equipped with roll cage and window nets for general safety. Obviously Model S won't come out of the factory with those things, so it will be a small quest to find a place that will allow you to race stock.

Secondly the drag strip have to be laid with special grippy resin, because regular road surfaces cannot offer enough grip to launch your car so vigorously. So bragging to your friends about that crazy sub-two seconds acceleration even on a race track is out of the window from the get-go.

Thirdly . . you'll need patience. Because the magical under-2-seconds launch requires time for the car to be ready. With "Drag Strip Mode" turned on, you'll need anywhere between 8 to 15 minutes before launch, so the motors and the batteries will be at the right temperature. And when you're finally done and itching on the line - you have to wait 9 more seconds with your feet on the brake and the accelerator for the car to take the "cheetah stance" for optimal launch.

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Credit: Tesla Image Gallery

Then you can go nuts, quite literally. But those claims . . are more of a marketing stunt than anything meaningful, really. And it's a dirty move, because respected manufacturers claim times on normal road surfaces (and you can usually better them on a prepped drag strip). With all due respect, because Model S Plaid is still a freakishly fast EV, this marketing strategy will backfire with claims and lawsuits, you can be sure of that. But it doesn't make it any less exciting.

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Comments (9)

  • πŸ˜‚What a load of bulls*t! We gotta wait 8 to 15 minutes cuz "the battery has to be at the right temperature". That's just ridiculous.

      1 month ago
    • I'm waiting to see if Rimac Nevera has the same waiting time to launch, because unlike Tesla, Rimac claims sub-2 seconds on a normal road surface. Granted, it will cost 2 million Euro, but just from the technical point of view, I want to see if...

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        1 month ago
  • You forgot to mention the 4th most important caveat. To achieve β€œ0-60” in under 2 seconds you have to subtract the 1ft rool out. Basically, the 1.92 time Tesla or anyone else is promoting is the time it takes to go from 6-60.


    1) Find drag strip

    2) Ensure it’s prepped properly

    3) Spend 15 mins engaging cheetah

    4) subtract roll out from actual time.

    Alternatively, the Plaid achieves 2.2 under totally normal conditions on the street, promoting that would have been more impressive.

      25 days ago
  • I guess you could say it gets to

    Ludicrous Speed

      1 month ago
  • Ugh

      1 month ago
  • The model S is a good looking appliance, I can't deny that. But that's all it is to me, an appliance πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

    If my microwave could cook my dinner in 5 second's I'd be impressed but I still wouldn't love it or have passion for it.

    An electrical appliance is soulless, by it's very design it's designed to be a throw away item with no emotional attachment when you do! "Microwave is broken" "Best order a new one then"

    I have NEVER felt like that towards a car that I've got rid of.

    No amount of speed will ever win over a true petrol head! It's deeper than that.

    The bullet train is an exceptional piece of engineering but I'd still rather watch an old A4 Peppercorn class loco or a Deltic thunder past at 100mph with all those incredible noises and smells than watch an electric train whistle past at 300mph.

    Passion over performance 😎

      1 month ago