The world’s fastest car has finally arrived … five months late.
Tesla held a delivery event for the new Model S Plaid at its Fremont, California, factory Thursday night after previously saying it would be available in February. Twenty-five cars were handed over to their owners.
The sedan is the top version of the redesigned Model S and priced at $ 129,990, which is $ 10,000 more than it was originally announced for. However, existing orders placed at the $ 119,990 price will be respected, Tesla said.
Model S Plaid has a tri-engine powertrain with two electric motors at the rear and one at the front, which together generate 1,020 hp according to Tesla, making it the most powerful sedan sold today.
Tesla claims that it can accelerate from 0 to 60 km / h in less than 2 seconds and cover a quarter mile in 9.23 seconds, both of which will be production car records and hit a top speed of 200 km / h.
Its range is rated at 390 miles between charges, and it can recharge the battery with 187 miles of electricity in 15 minutes at a Tesla Supercharger station.
Tesla had planned to add a Plaid + version with even more power and a range of 520 kilometers, but Musk announced last week that it had been canceled because “Plaid is just so good.”
A slower $ 79,990 Model S Long Range with twin engines that can go 412 miles per second. Charging will be available at a later date.
Model S Plaid debuts with a brand new interior with touch screen for the front and rear passengers and an infotainment system powered by a Sony Playstation 5-level processor, according to Musk. Wireless gaming controllers can be connected via Bluetooth.
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It also has a rectangular yoke-style steering wheel without stems on the column. Lights and turn signals are operated with thumb control on the spokes, and the transmission selector is on the central touch screen. But the car apparently “knows” which direction you want to go without any input at all.
Model S Plaid features the latest version of Tesla’s complete self-propelled electronic driver assistance system, which relies on eight cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors to provide semi-automatic driving functions.