- Tesla announced at Battery Day that it has opened preorders for the $139,990 Model S Plaid.
- The Model S Plaid has 1100 horsepower and can do zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds, CEO Elon Musk claimed.
- The vehicle has a range of 520 miles, besting Lucid's upcoming Air.
At its Battery Day event on September 22, right at the end and just ahead of the Q&A, CEO Elon Musk introduced a video of the upcoming Model S Plaid pulling off a 1.30.3 lap time at Laguna Seca. With what Musk claimed was a zero-to-60-mph time of less than two seconds and a quarter-mile of less than nine seconds, it's the Tesla for those who want to go very, very fast.
The tri-motor AWD vehicle, according to Musk, will offer 520 miles of range and 1100 horsepower. That range bests Lucid’s EPA estimated 517 miles that was announced last month. The Model S Plaid has a top speed of 200 mph. As Tesla puts it, "The only thing beyond Ludicrous is Plaid.”
Of course all that speed and cost will cost you a pretty penny. Actually quite a lot of pennies. The Model S Plaid costs $139,990 making it out of reach for all but a few—and a far cry from the $25,000 EV Musk also promised, but that one not for three years.