The Tesla Model S Plaid is not the revolution we were expecting.
In light of the recent launch event, I felt it was apt to clear up some of the confusion.
As Elon walked onto the stage in his spaceballs jacket to announce that the Model S Plaid first deliveries were now occurring, there were still some unanswered questions about the car. An hour later, I was still left confused.
Lets start with this claim to the right - which can be found upon opening the Tesla Model S Plaid webpage. Does it have the longest range? No - just 390 miles. Tesla's own Model S Long Range does 30 more and Merc's EQS - available to order now - does almost 100 more. In fact, with BMW's i4 and Kia's EV6 GT almost matching the Plaid's range, it isn't very impressive at all!
Quickest acceleration? I'm gonna stop you there. Because there is a very noticeable asterix by the 1.99 second 0-60 time. Upon inspection, it turns out that Tesla has their own little 'rollout', and so the figure that they are actually giving is the 5-60mph time. False advertising? Methinks so.
And highest performing sedan ever built? I would be very surprised if this could beat a BMW M5 CS, Jaguar Project 8 or Mercedes-AMG GT63S round a track. But only time will tell on that one.
Yes. Tesla claim that the Model S Plaid can do 200mph. But oh wait. You aren't allowed to go above a fixed limiter (speculatively 160mph as it hasn't been tested yet) until Tesla sells you a set of high speed tyres that don't even exist yet.
Does it hurt to just refine a cars design over the 9 years of production it has currently had. Well, it worked for the Aventador. But cmon, this thing just looks so damn dreary from the outside. And then when you step inside, it's kinda the opposite. The big screen looks more fitting now that it is properly integrated into the dashboard, in my opinion. But the steering wheel is just silly.
And, if my $130,000 Plaid still had quality issues, I would be properly mad.
So while the Model S Plaid is an impressive car that will be used by Tesla fanboys to justify them filling social media comments sections with phrases like 'Tesla is King', it's not revolutionary. When I first saw the 1.99/200/1,020 stats of the car, I thought all other electric cars were dead in the water. But with a little probing, it turns out almost none of them are true.
I'm never sure to do articles about electric cars because the DRIVETRIBE community doesn't seem to like them as much, but I hope you enjoyed this almost rant, and thanks for reading!