Tesla officially introduced the Model S Plaid. An extraordinary car that presents many improvements over the classic Model S. It is much more powerful. Its body offers extremely low wind resistance. And it’s equipped with a new infotainment system worthy of a next-gen console. And deliveries will start quickly.
This week, Tesla presented in detail its new version of the Model S. This is the Model S Plaid, which the American manufacturer has been talking about for several months. The presentation, which lasted about half an hour and whose replay you can find at the end of this article, took place in Fremont, at Tesla’s California headquarters. Many details had already been announced. But, this presentation is an opportunity to redo a detailed point.
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The Model S Plaid is touted as the most powerful electric car. It is clear that this is the most powerful Tesla, with a triple electric motor of 1020 horsepower, allowing it to reach a top speed of 320 km / h. The Plaid also offers the best acceleration for a Tesla. The manufacturer even claims that it is breaking a record: less than 2 seconds to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (95 km / h). His score is 1.99 seconds (2.1 seconds for a speed of 100 km / h). And it takes 9.23 seconds to cover 400 meters (standing start).
Model S Plaid: 620 kilometers of range at full power
So there is a lot of power under the hood. And it shows in terms of range, since the Plaid does not exceed 400 miles on a full charge, unlike the Long Range which reaches 405 EPA miles (651 kilometers). The Plaid reaches the 390 miles (620 miles). According to Elon Musk, this autonomy corresponds to the “performance” mode. But the car would be able to go over 400 miles under certain conditions. Fortunately, the fast charge counterbalances well: a charge of 15 minutes on a SuperCharge terminal offers 187 miles of range, or 301 kilometers. And there are over 25,000 in the world.
To reach these numbers, Tesla made some physical modifications. Particularly at the level of the bodywork. Gain in the wind is extremely low. The braking coefficient due to the wind would be 0.208. This is an extremely low number (the lowest according to Elon Musk) that saves energy to reach a certain speed and to reach the desired speed more quickly. And all this while offering the same level of security as the Model S. According to Elon Musk, the Model S Plaid is ” faster than any Porsche and safer than a Volvo “. An interesting quote.
The multimedia functions of the Model S Plaid reinforced
The exterior is not the only one that has changed. The interior too. The steering wheel is tighter. It is also positioned lower to improve visibility up front. The interior space has been revised to provide more space for all passengers, front and rear. There is now two dual wireless charging slots (one on the front and one on the back) for charging smartphones. And a USB type-C port allows you to connect another device … like a laptop.
The on-board system has changed. There are always two screens. The one in the front is taller (17 inches) and its orientation has been changed to satisfy multimedia ambitions. The car is able to connect to several Bluetooth devices at the same time: smartphone, audio accessory, gamepad, etc. There is a new multimedia interface. And the audio system counts 22 loudspeakers distributed throughout the cabin. Everything is powered by a platform powerful enough to run next-gen games. Elon Musk announces that the quality is equivalent to that of the PS5. And Tesla demonstrates it by spinning Cyberpunk 2077.
A car that works for you without needing to interact
Tesla has also changed the way the car reacts when you approach it. The Model S Plaid captures your approach (thanks to the smartphone), unlocks the handle and starts the engine. It also shifts a gear (forward or reverse) according to its proximity sensors. And, with a simple gesture on the screen, it can launch navigation to a place based on the time (with the calendar), your location and your habits. It is 7 p.m. Time to go home? The car takes you there, unless you have added an appointment in your calendar. Clever.
The price of the car matches the ambition and the effort: 129,990 euros on the official store. As expected, it is much more expensive than the Tesla Model S Long Range. Deliveries are starting now in the United States. In France, the Model S Plaid is not expected until Q1 2022. In other words, we will have to be patient.