Tesla has been taking the world by storm over the past several years; the Model 3 Performance when it came out rivalled and challenged its ordinary small saloon competitors from the makes of BMW, Audi and even Mercedes. Going back a little further, the Cybertruck pushed the edges of the envelope and set a new standard for electric pickup trucks with its revolutionary design, which divided nations. Now, they have released an updated version of the flagship model—the Tesla Model S Plaid.
Where do we begin? This car both makes you scratch your head and take your breath away. It is equipped with Tesla’s new three-motor Plaid powertrain, which at peak power produces an astonishing 1,020 bhp, a 200 mph top speed and a 520-mile range on the Plaid+ version (320 miles on the standard Plaid model). However, what’s most impressive of them all is the acceleration. The Model S Plaid goes from 0-62 mph in a jaw-dropping, breath-taking and eye-watering 1.99 seconds. Making it one of the fastest accelerating production cars globally and achieving a quarter-mile in under 9 seconds. What’s more is that Model S Plaid is also compatible with Tesla’s new and latest 250kW charging stations, and all of this will cost a shy of just over £110,000.
The new Model S Plaid also has some exterior updates, following a sleeker design, sharper looks and a more aerodynamic approach to ensure drag coefficients are kept to a minimum. The aerodynamics of the Model S Plaid makes it the most aerodynamic production car currently available on the market and trumps its key competitor. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S, Tesla is setting up to send the Model S Plaid around the Nürburgring to beat the Taycan’s lap record of 7 minutes and 20 seconds.
However, it is not all breath-taking and mesmerising; the interior has had several controversial thoughts and opinions from the motoring world. We’ve recently seen BMW taking a rather bold move with their new grille design, and it would seem that Tesla has followed a similar, independent path with their interior layout. As always, the interior is plain, simple, yet futuristic. There is one tablet-sized screen in the centre, making for a neat and tidy look, whilst also improving efficiency and removing the latest barrage of buttons that overtake other car’s interiors. However, the most gripping of all is the new steering wheel, well, in this case, half a steering wheel. I like it, its a new design format, it offers a different appeal and whilst most of us didn’t like BMW’s new grille layout we have grown accustomed to it. It will more than likely be the same principle here with the steering wheel, but most of all, it ensures that the instrument cluster isn’t blocked and adds a sporty feel to the Model S Plaid.
All in all, the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid is a car that, without a shadow of a doubt, will be remembered for a long, long time within both the history books and the motoring world. It is a fine example of the successful evolution of the Tesla brand and provides a sneak peek into the firm’s future.