Tesla Model S Plaid With 50% Battery Charge Quicker Than Most Supercars

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Tesla has clearly improved its battery discharging systems.

The Tesla Model S Plaid has been a big source of media hype for the electric automaker, and why not? It produces 1,020 horsepower and is so good that Tesla decided not to release its more powerful Plaid Plus sibling. The Model S Plaid is the latest in a long line of Model S variants, following on from Performance, P100D, P90D, and P85D models, and with each incarnation, the price has increased. But is it worth buying these high-performance Tesla models?

In those aforementioned iterations of the Model S, a common complaint amongst owners was a drop in performance once battery charge had reduced, but it seems that Tesla has figured out how to deliver consistent performance.

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After seeing Jay Leno's 9.24-second quarter-mile run, it's clear that the record-setting EV is something special, but what happens after the battery charge drops to 50%? Testing it alongside another Model S Plaid with 98% percent charge, the difference is just 0.17 seconds.

Interestingly, the car with less charge was actually quicker to 60 mph, posting a time of 2.42 seconds. The car with more charge posted a higher exit speed though, with 152.43 mph while the car with a 50% state of charge crossed the traps at 146.64 mph. But even with a slight drop in performance, some of the world's greatest supercars can't keep up.

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The video continues by showing the real-world performance of cars like the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, McLaren 765LT, Lamborghini Huracan EVO, and Porsche Taycan Turbo S, the only other EV here. The hybrid Ferrari was the closest to the Plaid with a time of 9.64 seconds while the McLaren was next with a best time of 9.88 seconds. The Huracan EVO managed a respectable 10.44 seconds, while the fastest version of the Taycan achieved a time of 10.39 seconds. Now that Tesla has the consistency down, we look forward to seeing what the next big thing from Tesla is. Any ideas?

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