The package is pricey, but if you do a lot of track driving, it's worth it.
Tesla has announced that the Model S Plaid will be made available with a new Track Package that promises superior handling, and incredible track performance. Available from June 2023, the aftermarket bundle (priced between $15,000 - $20,000) introduces a host of upgrades.
This includes a Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit, which comprises carbon-silicon rotors, forged one-piece calipers, and "high-performance" brake pads. Tesla says this package comes with track-ready brake fluid and two integrated, caliper-mounted parking brakes.
The Plaid is a deceptively rapid super sedan, and has obliterated several records on raceways across the country. However, the standard brakes don't appear to be up to the job, as one owner recently found out when they tested the capabilities of the braking system.
Aside from the beefed-up braking system, the package also includes uprated wheels and tires. Goodyear Supercar 3R tires and Zero-G wheels are equipped all around, albeit in different sizes. The front wheels are 20 x 10 inches, with 285/35R20 rubber. The rear wheels are also 20 inches in diameter but are one inch wider and wrapped in 305/20R20 rubber.
A tire pressure monitoring system, along with special Zero-G center caps, lug nut covers, and tire nut valves are included in the package. If you can do without the tires, Tesla also sells the Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit as a separate option.
Sadly, the package is only available to Model S Plaid derivatives produced from 2021, so owners with older Model S variants will have to look elsewhere for performance upgrades. Tesla notes that the carbon ceramic brakes and uprated tires make it possible for owners to achieve the 200 mph top speed Tesla loves to brag about.
There are caveats, though. The brake kit is only compatible with the Zero-G wheel or 21-inch Arachnid design. Unfortunately, it won't work with the 19-inch Tempest wheels. Tesla also does not recommend using the Goodyear Supercar 3R tires in winter, especially when the temperature drops below 40.
Recently, Tesla revised the pricing scheme for the Model S. It's still a bargain though, and the Plaid derivative now weighs in at $107,490 - not bad for what is essentially a supercar that can hit 60 mph in less than two seconds. Splurge and opt for the Track Package, and you'll still pay less than you would have for a base Plaid a couple of months back.
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