Tesla Gives The Model S Plaid Ceramic Brakes

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The Tesla Model S Plaid has already proven itself to be exceptionally capable, both in a straight line and around twisty turns. Of course, it held a quarter-mile world record for only a few moments as the even more extreme Rimac Nevera absolutely decimates it, but that takes nothing away from just how special this electric sedan is. And at a far lower price point, the Plaid is certainly the car that most of us are more likely to get a chance to drive. But now there's a way to make your new Model S Plaid even more expensive, as well as a lot more capable.

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Tesla has just revealed a carbon-ceramic brake upgrade for the organ-squishingly quick EV that is expected to be available by the middle of next year. "The kit includes all-new carbon-silicon carbide rotors that provide maximum high-temperature durability and heat management, one-piece forged calipers with high-performance pads, and high-temperature brake fluid," reads the package description.

The front discs measure 16.14 inches in diameter with a thickness of 1.6 inches. The rear rotors are just as expansive in diameter but a touch thinner at 1.3 inches thick. The front calipers are six-piston units while the rears have four pistons. However, you have to run 21-inch Arachnid wheels to fit these beefy brakes.

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As for cost, the addition of this package will add $20,000 to your build price, which is certainly not affordable for everyone. Although we object to Tesla using its customers as guinea pigs when it comes to semi-autonomous driving technology, our hope is that interest in these more capable stoppers is being gauged so that Tesla can determine if there is still demand for an even quicker Plaid Plus variant.

We recently spotted a very sporty Model S testing at the Nurburgring, and although it's possible that this prototype was only testing parts that may be offered on the regular Plaid in the future, perhaps the brakes you see here will be the only upgrade that is not Plaid Plus exclusive. We'll bring you more updates as we get them.

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