Telsa’s first Model S Plaid officially rolled off the production line on Thursday, with CEO Elon Musk confirming all kinds of exciting information on stage. From the nearly 200 MPH top speed, over 1
The “Plaid” version is the Model S’s first major redesign since it debuted in 2012. And while it’ll cost a pretty penny, about $130k, Elon Musk said, “This car crushes” and is both the “safest and fastest production car” in the world.
It’s worth noting that while this is a crazy vehicle, some of those dazzling specs do come with caveats. According to an asterisk on Tesla’s website, the 200 MPH speed will be achievable “if equipped with the right wheels and tires,” and the 390-mile range only applies to Plaid models with the basic 19-inch wheels. Those who upgrade to the 21-inch wheels can expect a range of about 350 miles.
In addition, it seems that the Plaid charges a little faster, which is good news. tThe car has an EPA range of 628 km and can be charged to almost 50% in just 15 minutes. So a short break on the highway and 15 minutes will get you another 187 miles.
The Plaid has the same interior upgrades that Tesla gave the Model S earlier this year. The Plaid version just kicks things up a notch with styling like that 17-inch infotainment system, not to mention a three-motor setup and a new heat pump to avoid performance loss in certain scenarios.
Elon Musk stayed true to his word, showing off the PS5-level performance of the AMD-powered in-car computer. Confirmation that it can play AAA games like Cyberpunk 2077 at a full 60 FPS, stream videos and more. In the future, if people use autopilot, they can play games like they would at home.
If you think the car already sounds great, an even more impressive Model S Plaid Plus was originally planned. The Plus had even more horsepower and nearly 520 miles of range, but Tesla canceled it last week. Mentioning the standard Plaid “is just that good.”
Unfortunately, the price for the new Tesla Model S Plaid is about $10,000 more than originally expected. On stage, Elon confirmed the asking price of $131,100, plus a destination fee of $1,200, but that’s before any tax credits or incentives.
If you want to go big, a fully loaded Model S throw will cost $145,600 excluding discounts, but will definitely be gorgeous and a lot of fun. The Plaid is available from today, so order yours via the link below.