Tesla introduced the world to the Model S back in 2012 as the brand’s first proper electric family sedan. In a short amount of time after that, the world realized that Tesla wasn’t just some wealthy man’s wet pipedream. Founder of the company, Elon Musk, was here to stay and so was Tesla Motors. In fact, the Model S was to be the start of something that still gets auto enthusiasts very excited. While the Model 3 (launched in 2017) is the undisputed king of sales for Tesla, the Model S still reign supreme in terms of performance. However, now there is an even faster and crazier iteration of the sedan on the way – the Model S Plaid.
The announcement of the Model S Plaid makes something very clear: nothing is too insane in the world of Tesla. If you are still wondering if the title of this article is a clickbait, I assure you, it isn’t. You see, the American marque has indeed revealed that it will be launching the next Model S shortly. The upcoming new Model S will have a few cosmetic tweaks, though as you can tell from the pictures, they aren’t that major.
The visual changes come in the form of a new bumper (front & back), new wheel design, and a boot-lip spoiler. Overall, the exterior design and look of the new Model S is pretty much the same as the old Model S. It would have been cool if Tesla had made more changes to the styling, but it is what it is.
You definitely won’t be complaining about the lack of changes when it comes to the interior of the new Model S. The interiors of Tesla’s outgoing cars already look modern and minimalistic, but this one is different. The new Model S’ cabin is downright futuristic, enough to make anyone feel like they are 15 years old. There are two things that grab your attention almost immediately here – the steering wheel and the central display. When it comes to the thing that allows you to control the direction of your car, also known as a steering wheel, most cars have that as a circle. Well, not the new Tesla Model S. The plain old circular wheel has been replaced by, what I assume, is used aboard a nuclear submarine.
And this fancy new steering ‘wheel’ doesn’t have your average button arrangement or boring control stalks, either. Instead, Tesla has integrated most primary functions – turn indicators, voice assistant, horn, windshield wiper, lights – on to the wheel itself. That aside, there are only two small scroll wheels placed on this steering wheel – everything else is controlled from the main screen.
If you remember, outgoing Teslas have a large portrait-style center screen, not so with the new Model S. It boasts a fantastically massive & landscape-oriented 17-inch primary display. This humongous display houses almost all of the car’s functions and its infotainment system as well, of course. It will also allow you to watch your favorite web series or play games with your buddies online!
Obviously, for safety reasons, you can only do all that while the car is stationary. The new Model S also gets a fully digital driver’s display, but that is not all that uncommon these days. What is uncommon, however, is the new Tesla Model S’ performance. Upon launch later this year, the new Model S will be available in two new versions – Plaid and Plaid+. These are perhaps the most ludicrous avatars of any Tesla so far. The new Model S Plaid features Tesla’s latest structural battery technology. This method of construction and battery implementation not only increases the car’s rigidity, it also reduces its overall weight. Then there is the question of power.
The new Tesla Model S Plaid is fitted with three high-efficiency yet punchy electric motors with special carbon-sleeved rotors. Combined, the electric system in the new Model S Plaid puts out nearly 1,100hp! All of that is funneled to all four tires – rocketing this sedan from 0 to 60 mph (97 kmph) in a record-setting 1.99 seconds!
No, you have not been dropped on your head. This rather normal-looking family sedan can accelerate so violently, it will make you throw-up your last meal. This makes the Tesla Model S Plaid the fastest-accelerating production car in the world, bar none. According to Elon Musk, the Plaid can cover the quarter mile in under 9 seconds – how insane is that! On top of that (and unlike previous Teslas), this Model S can go all the way up to 320 kmph.
Finally, there is the question about range. And if Tesla is to be believed, that should not be an issue at all. That is because the Model S Plaid’s maximum range is rated at a truly unbelievable 520 miles or 836 kilometers! This means that you can drive non-stop from Mumbai to Goa, and still have nearly 250 kilometers of extra juice left in the batteries. Very, very impressive stuff, Tesla. And with Tesla already having announced its arrival to India, we have some really interesting times ahead of us.