Tesla has surprisingly announced that it will not bring a planned model onto the market. According to Elon Musk, the electric car at the supercar level will not appear because the standard version of the Tesla Model S Plaid Plus is already “good enough.”
Tesla: Model S Plaid Plus does not appear
Unexpectedly, Elon Musk spoke up on Twitter and confirmed that Tesla had said goodbye to the Model S Plaid Plus. Accordingly, the car will not come onto the market. So far, the only reason is that the Model S Plaid is already “good enough,” and an even better equipped Plus version is not needed.
The Model S Plaid Plus can no longer be configured or even pre-ordered on the Tesla website. With the confirmation that has now been published, it is at least transparent why the Plus model has not been available in Tesla’s online configurator for a few weeks.
According to Elon Musk, the standard version can also accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just two seconds. While the Model S Plaid Plus should have a range of around 800 km, the standard version is probably “only” around 630 km. An upgrade to the level of the Plus model is currently not to be expected.
Tesla Model S Plaid on sale from June 10
Tesla would like to make the Model S Plaid available in advance on June 10, 2021. Therefore, a slightly earlier publication was initially assumed. Delivery can then be expected in September or October of the year. For the Model S Plaid, customers in the USA have to put the equivalent of around $1,15,676.75 on the table; for the Plus version.
The $ 149,990 Tesla S Plaid + was initially supposed to deliver 0-60 mph in under 1.99 seconds and a range of over 832 km. In all other respects, this configuration repeated the Tesla S Plaid, offering a top speed of 320 km / h and a power plant with three electric motors with a combined capacity of 1,020 horsepower. The only available-to-order version of the Tesla S Plaid will begin shipping this month for $ 119,990. Previously, it was believed that the Tesla S Plaid + would be available for order from the middle of next year.
As noted by Electrek, Elon Musk explained in his comments that it was the difference in power reserve that prompted the company to abandon the release of the more expensive version of Plaid +. Beyond 640 km, according to the head of Tesla, further increase in the range does not matter much since the driver still stops to rest and eat, and at this moment, the traction battery can be recharged to continue driving. The Plaid + version was also supposed to spend less than 1.99 seconds on acceleration to “hundreds,” but the company did not report the exact value of this indicator. Even the declared 1.99 seconds for the regular Plaid makes it the fastest production car, and a $ 30,000 surcharge for further performance improvement would motivate only a few buyers.