hi INDiA Copyright 2020
Tech billionaire and Dogecoin-enthusiast Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla, the electric-car maker will now start deliveries for one of their most anticipated cars of all time, the Tesla Model S Plaid.
Petrolheads and tech geeks will know that Musk had been teasing the launch of the car for quite some time now, and had made some claims that seemed ludicrous on paper.
While Musk may claim that the Model S Plaid is faster than a Porsche, and safer than a Volvo, the facts and specifications that have been doing the rounds, seem to suggest that it may very well be one of the fastest accelerating production cars in the world.
Do take this with a pinch of salt though, because, Musk’s and Tesla’s fanboys, do tend to exaggerate some stuff, especially when it comes to figures.
With that being said, there are a few things that Tesla has officially confirmed about the New Model S Plaid, and trust us, they are mind-boggling, to say the least.
Here are a few of the facts and figures:
1. The Power
The Model S Plaid is driven by a powertrain that generates about 1020 bhp at its peak.
That’s a figure that you’ll see in a hypercar, such as the LaFerrari, or the Bugatti Chiron, both of which cost about 10-20 times the price of the Model S Plaid.
The Plaid has a range of 627 km and can add about 300 km to it in under 15 minutes, at one of their Superchargers.
2. The Acceleration
Electric cars accelerate crazily, almost as if they were a rabbit that just got poked by a needle.
The Model S Plaid takes things up a notch. While most petrol-powered supercars and hypercars are yet to break the sub-2.5-second mark to 60 mph, or 96 kmph, the Plaid does it in less than 2 seconds.
Tesla claims that its newest offering can do it in as little as 1.9 seconds. That certainly makes it the fastest accelerating production car in the world.
3. The Speed
With an acceleration figure that like, the car is bound to be fast. Tesla claims that the Plaid S has a top speed of 200 mph. That’s over 320 kmph. Now, this is nearly as fast as some of the other hypercars that we have come to know and love, but it still is pretty fast.
Moreover, let’s not forget, this is a 4 door, 5 seater family sedan. Imagine going over 300 kmph with your family inside the car with you. You can’t, can you?
Do keep in mind that you won’t be able to simply take delivery of your car and drive off at that speed. You will need specialised tyres and a software key to unlock that sort of performance.
4. The Price
Speaking of taking delivery, the Model S Plaid was scheduled to be launch at a price of $119,000. However, on the day of the launch, the price was revised to $130,000, all thanks to issues with Tesla’s supply chain.
In India, that would be about, Rs 94 lakhs, before you add in about 120-150 per cent import duties, tariffs, customs etc. That would put the price at around Rs 2-2.25 Crores, ex-showroom.
Does that mean that Indian customers will get a chance to get their hands on this car when Tesla finally opens up a factory here? Well, here’s the thing, that is highly unlikely to happen.
5. The Time It Took To Develop This Car
Musk claims that it took him and Tesla about 9 years to develop the Model S Plaid edition. The battery, the motors – most components of the drivetrain had to be rebuilt and in some cases, redesigned for it to be able to work efficiently in the heat.
Tesla also had to tweak the chassis, the brakes and the suspensions as well. This is one of the main reasons why the Plaid+ version of the Model S was cancelled earlier this year.
The Bottom Line…
The Model S Plaid just made electric cars far more exciting, a feat that almost seemed impossible to some petrolheads.
It really is a shame that we might not be able to see one of these mean machines on our roads unless someone decided to get one of these imported.