Until the new Tesla Roadster gets here, the Plaid also becomes the most expensive Tesla you can buy.
Last week, a tri-motor version of the Lucid Air broke the record set by the Tesla Model S at the Laguna Seca track, and we pondered what Tesla's response would be to Lucid's insane electric sedan. Well, we haven't had to wait long for that answer because Elon Musk and his team have officially announced the Tesla Model S Plaid, a new tri-motor version of the EV that shatters what we thought were unassailable performance numbers from the Lucid Air.
Announced by Elon Musk at the company's Battery Day event, the Plaid is positioned above the dual-motor Model S Performance and comes with a specification sheet that reads like something from the future.
From its 1,100-horsepower powertrain, Tesla claims that the Plaid will reach 60 mph in under two seconds, complete the quarter-mile in under nine seconds, and reach a top speed of 200 mph. It also claims an estimated range of over 520 miles.
As Tesla points out on its website - where the Model S Plaid can now be pre-ordered - these times make it the quickest-accelerating production car ever. Lucid's 9.3-second quarter-mile time is one of several headlining numbers to be surpassed, as is the Air's 517-mile EPA-rated range.
Visually, the Plaid appears identical to the cheaper Model S Performance.
The final feather in Tesla's cap is the Plaid's Laguna Seca lap time of 1:30.3, another record-breaking feat. Of course, the world's fastest-accelerating sedan doesn't come cheaply. The new Model S Plaid will cost $139,990, a considerable $45,000 more than the Model S Performance. You could basically buy a Model S Performance and a new Model Y for the same outlay.
Then again, what price do you put on an outrageous electric sedan that appears to have no rivals? Right now, nothing else comes close. For customers wanting to rearrange their organs, deliveries of the Tesla Model S Plaid are expected to get underway in late 2021.