To understand the name of this car you need to watch the 1987 Mel Brooks movie ‘Spaceballs’. Which may seem a little odd for a car maker, but this is Elon Musk we’re talking about so anything goes.
In the film, the spaceship goes from Lightspeed, to Ludicrous (as per the old car) and the only thing faster than Ludicrous is Plaid Mode. So, we have the Model S Plaid.
So, silly name aside, this Model S is all about the numbers. There are three motors this time, and they put out a combined 1,006bhp. Yes, you read that correctly – 1,006bhp. Oh, and an estimated 1200Nm of torque.
That means this family saloon car can hit 62mph in under 2.0 seconds – that makes it the fastest vehicle on sale, full stop. It will also top out at 200mph, another crazy number.
But the big numbers don’t stop there – this crazy fast car has a range of 390 miles. Can’t imagine anyone complaining about range anxiety with that number!
Visually the new Plaid gets a revised front bumper with better aerodynamic efficiency and a little more downforce, a lip spoiler at the rear, some wider side skirts and a new style of alloy wheels.
But the big change comes inside, with a completely new interior - a huge new landscape centre screen and redesigned centre console take centre stage, with a new binnacle for the driver and a very odd looking steering wheel which thankfully won't be available in many markets including the UK thanks to our regulations.
The family saloon EV that laps the ‘Ring in 7min 20 sec - insane!
NOTE: Current European delivery times for the Model S Plaid are late 2022 with the UK in early 2023.
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"Oh my word... I don't know what to say!" were the first words out of Elaine Eccleston's mouth when Christian surprised her with a brand new Tesla Model X Plaid this week.
Pritpal Sagoo was busy on his shift at Tesco in Cardiff when Christian arrived earlier today to deliver the amazing news that as this week's Dream Car winner, he'd scooped the awe-inspiring Tesla Model S Plaid, worth nearly £120,000!
Christian arrived at Andrew Boyle's house on a wet and windy morning in Glasgow, ready to brighten his day!