Plaid means business!
If you've already decided that no electric car will ever match the visceral thrills of a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, the collection of words to follow won't bring you a shred of joy. On the other hand, if you have embraced our inevitable electrified automotive future, there's a lot to like here. Of course, the sprinting capabilities of EVs are well-documented and the new Tesla Model S Plaid has already proven itself to be a viciously fast sedan, but there's still something astonishing about watching it silently demolish a car like the iconic Nissan GT-R over the quarter-mile.
The latest Plaid demolition job was shared by the YouTube channel known as ICSI. Starting at around the 40-second mark, the GT-R can be heard engaging launch control. Although the GT-R actually set off a fraction before the Model S Plaid, the Tesla still clocked a time of 9.711 seconds at a trap speed of 148.34 mph while the GT-R managed a 10.799-second run at exactly 132 mph. That's a substantial difference of more than a second, a large gap at this level. In another run with two people on board and a 66-percent state of charge, the Plaid managed a 0-60 time of 2.48 seconds. Tesla claims a 0-60 time of 1.99 seconds under ideal conditions and a 9.23-second quarter-mile with a trap speed of 155 mph.
In a recent test with three people on board, the Plaid achieved a 2.74-second time for the benchmark sprint. Jay Leno also managed a 9.24-second quarter-mile time at 152 mph. Whichever way you look at it, these are startling numbers and they're made possible by the car's three-motor system that produces 1,020 horsepower. Together with all-wheel-drive propulsion and the instantly available torque, the Plaid will leave every Ferrari or Lamborghini you can think of eating its dust. Step into the future or be left behind - literally.