Elon Musk Says Tesla Model S Plaid Will Read Your Mind

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Musk shows off redesigned 412-mile-range mega Model S.

Eccentric gentleman and Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially revealed the Model S Plaid at a live event from the company's home in Fremont, California on Thursday night. As expected, the event started late and was full of insane numbers and outlandish claims. Of course, we hope they're all true.

Some of the bigger boasts include that the vehicle will remember your moves in certain locations, and be able to do things like back out of your driveway or get out of a parking lot once it learns your patterns, "like it's reading your mind." Musk also said that it will get 187 miles of range in 15 minutes and that he'll be "delivering 1,000 cars per week by next quarter."

The new Plaid will have the lowest drag coefficient of any vehicle at 0.208, says Musk, and that once it is crash tested he "expects it to get the lowest probability of injury ever tested in a vehicle."

Inside, the Plaid gets three-zone climate control, adjusted by sliding your finger around a visual representation of the cabin, which seems a little weird. It has a 17-inch touchscreen laid out in portrait mode, as well as a smaller screen for rear passengers.


This wasn't the first bit of news Musk made today, let alone this week. Earlier in the day we learned that the price of the Plaid was going up by $10,000, for a total of $129,990. And earlier this week he cancelled an even higher performing version called the Plaid+ (on Twitter), saying "Plaid+ is canceled. No need, as Plaid is just so good."

Musk also recently upped the price of the the Model S Long Range nearly $18,000, which now costs $88,190.

The Plaid was supposed to debut last week, but Musk pushed it back saying "Plaid delivery pushed to June 10. Need one more week of tweak. The car feels like a spaceship. Words cannot describe the limbic resonance." And we're guessing, added "humans - uh, I mean, 'we' - like limbic resonances, correct?"

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With its tri-motor all-wheel-drive setup, Tesla claims that the Plaid will reach 60 mph in under 2 seconds and get to a top speed of 200 mph. Thanks to its 1,020-horsepower output, it can complete the quarter-mile in a claimed (by Jay Leno) 9.24 seconds with a 152-mph trap speed. Musk said the dual motor Model S will get 412 miles of range and that the full-zoot Plaid will get a range of just under 400 miles.

The Model S launched in 2012, but hasn't seen many visual changes since its debut. "The Model S Plaid is definitely intended to help reduce the migration of current Tesla owners out of Tesla," said AutoPacific's Ed Kim to Reuters. "I think what we're seeing now is that Tesla can no longer operate in a vacuum." He also said that the Plaid will be its halo model, getting people excited about the model again.

"It'll be faster than any Porsche, and safer than any Volvo," Musk said at the end of the event. We're cautiously optimistic.

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