Track-honed "Plaid" set to make it to showrooms.
Tesla is rustling up something incredibly appetizing at the Nurburgring as testing and development of the Model S Plaid continue. With two prototypes already spotted last month and again this month, all the talk has been about conquering the Porsche Taycan and how close the EV giant can get to the golden 7:00 lap time, without much mention of when we'll actually get to see a finished product. Now, according to a tweet from Elon Musk himself, we have a clearer answer: the record-setting electric car will go into production "around summer 2020."
This is exciting news for Tesla fans, especially as the all-electric Porsche Taycan hits the market. The Plaid powertrain, a modification of the one in the Model S P100D, has already promised big things, with a Model S prototype reportedly beating the Taycan's Nurburgring lap time by a massive 20 seconds during testing in September. Now, with the latest spy shots revealing the addition of giant front fender vents, it's clear that Tesla wants to put even more daylight between itself and the competition. Musk's tweet also makes it clear that the ongoing testing is about much more than setting a record but will also form the basis of the production-ready car. Knowing Tesla, don't expect a diluted version of what's already been seen.
With the buzz from the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S reveal having barely died down, Tesla still has time to finely hone the ballistic (ludicrous?) Plaid to not only compete with, but defeat, Porsche's four-door EV. And, considering that the Model S hasn't had any notable updates in some time, it's all turning out to be the biggest shake-up in the electric luxury sedan's range so far.
With Tesla clearly not shy to conceal its intense track-testing regimen, you may not need to wait too long to find out what the company's next move is.