Musk confirms and explains why.
This was the one many were waiting for, but now it's no longer happening. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter (where else?) that the Tesla Model S Plaid Plus is officially dead. Why? Because the standard Plaid version "is just so good" there's "no need." He could be right.
The Model S Plaid, now the new range-topper, has an insane 1,020 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 2 seconds, and a mind-blowing quarter-mile time of 9.23 seconds at 152.16 mph. Top speed will be in excess of 200 mph. These are incredible numbers by any standards. It'll also travel up to 390 miles on a single charge.
As for the now-dead Plaid Plus, Tesla claimed around 1,100 hp, a sub-2-second 0-60 time, and up to 520 miles of range. This would have cost buyers $150,000 and there's no question Tesla would have scored plenty, but perhaps not enough to justify the business case. The Model S Plaid has a somewhat more reasonable $120,000 sticker price. There's quite a price gap between it and the $80,000 Model S Long Range, which is certainly no slouch with a 3.1-second 0-60 mph time and 412 miles of range.
The Model S lineup, in general, has received a number of design updates inside and out. Exterior styling remains largely the same with revised front and rear fasciae.
The interior was the bigger focus and, like everything with Tesla, it seems, managed to spark some controversy because of the optional yoke steering wheel. It'll be interesting to see how many customers opt for it over the standard wheel. Other interior changes include a 17-inch horizontal central touchscreen and, for rear-seat passengers, an 8-inch screen. Tesla also did away with visible air conditioning vents, like in the Model 3 and Y. It now appears as if air is coming directly from the screens.
Late last month, Musk also confirmed the Model S Plaid's delivery event has been pushed back one week, from June 3 to June 10. It's not a big deal but since orders are already being accepted, it's understandable anxious buyers want to see more of everything.