“We have to show them, that electric cars are the best cars”, says Elon Musk as he launches the new Model S Plaid from Tesla’s test track near its factory in Fremont, California. Making an entrance in the newest from Tesla, Elon Musk and the team were greeted by fans and employees of the brand, who cheered to the launch of the Model S Plaid.
And they have reasons to. This ladies and gentlemen, is the quickest production car ever. Looks ordinary to wear the crown, but that’s what the team at Tesla is aiming at. Making electric cars mainstream and proving it’s aptness in everyday use, along with those occasional drag races to shame the smoky V8’s.
The title of the quickest production car might seem unfair given that the also-recently launched Rimac Nevera achieves the sprint in 1.85 seconds, but then that depends on your definition of a production car. Speaking of numbers, Elon Musk is confident that the demand for the Model S Plaid would be substantial, and the manufacturing will slowly ramp up to several hundred cars per week and a thousand cars per week next quarter.
Tesla claims the 1,020bhp Model S Plaid accelerates from zero to 100kmph in 1.99 seconds. That’s an American-style 0-100kmph, allowing for a one-foot rollout. So the actual sprint times could be slightly over two seconds. Still, that’s outrageously fast for a family sedan with four doors and seating for five.
The claims aren’t limited to the quickest sprint either. Tesla says that the Model S Plaid has the lowest drag coefficient at 0.208, and is capable of hitting the 200mph (321kmph) speed when equipped with the proper wheels and tyres. Thanks to an increased radiator size and carbon-sleeved rotors on all three motors, the Model S Plaid can do back to back sprints to a 100kmph.
But with these news, Elon Musk has confirmed that the Plaid+ won’t be launched, at least not in the near future, as the Plaid is just as good in putting down headline figures. Works for us, but these claims have to be tested in the real world. With the news of Tesla launching the cars in India really soon, many would be eyeing the Model S Plaid to bag in some bragging rights.