he long-awaited Tesla Model S Plaid has just been announced by the U.S. carmaker and it’s looking to steal the thunder of the Lucid Air.
The new flagship variant of the aging Model S is powered by a trio of electric motors that combine to produce over 1,100 hp. Tesla says it will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 2 seconds, run down the quarter-mile in less than 9 seconds and hit a 200 mph (320 km/h) top speed. If the acceleration claims prove to be accurate when the car is launched, it will comfortably be the quickest production car ever arrive.
The only thing beyond Ludicrous is Plaid
— Tesla (@Tesla) September 23, 2020
A quarter-mile time of less than 9 seconds will also make the Model S Plaid quicker than the forthcoming trio-motor version of the Lucid Air that has recorded a 9.3 second quarter-mile during testing.
The Model S Plaid isn’t just the most performance-oriented variant of the Model S, but it also offers the most range and can travel more than 520 miles (836 km) on a single charge.
Prices for the Model S Plaid kick off at $139,990 with the first deliveries scheduled for late 2021.