The fastest car in the world has finally arrived … five months late.
Tesla held a delivery event for the new S Plaid at its Fremont, California plant on Thursday night, after announcing it would be available in February. Twenty-five cars were handed over to their owners.
The sedan is the best version of the redesigned Model S and is priced at $ 129,990, which is $ 10,000 more than originally announced. However, existing orders, priced at $ 119,990, will be fulfilled, Tesla said.
The Model S Plaid has a three-engine drivetrain with two electric motors at the rear and one at the front, which combine to generate 1,020 hp, according to Tesla, making it the most powerful sedan on sale today.
Tesla claims that it can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 2 seconds and travel a quarter mile in 9.23 seconds, which would also be a record for production cars and will reach a top speed of 200 miles per hour. .
Its range is estimated at 390 miles between charges and it can charge the battery with 187 miles of electricity in 15 minutes at a Tesla Supercharger station.
Tesla had planned to add an even higher version of the Plaid + with 520 miles, but Musk announced last week that it was canceled because “Plaid is just so good.”
A slower $ 79,990 Model S Long Range with twin engines that can travel 412 miles to charge will be available later.
The Model S Plaid debuts an entirely new interior with front and rear passenger touch screens and an infotainment system powered by a 5-speed Sony Playstation processor, according to Musk. Wireless game controllers can be connected via Bluetooth.
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It also has a rectangular yoke-style steering wheel without any column handles. The lights and turn signals are controlled by controlling the thumb of the spokes, and the gear selector is on the central touch screen. However, the car obviously “knows” which direction you want to go without entering at all.
The Model S Plaid is equipped with the latest version of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving electronic driver assistance system, which relies on eight cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors to provide partially automated driving functions.