Monday, 07 June 2021 22:55

Tesla Model S Plaid+ Canceled, Musk Says ‘No Need’ for It

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati


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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the automaker will not produce the Plaid+ Model S.

Earlier this year, Tesla announced it would release the Plaid and Plaid+ Model S and Model X vehicles, a refresh to its two flagship vehicles.


Originally planned for February deliveries, the Plaid Model S has been pushed back several months and will finally be delivered the week of June 7. The Plaid+ Model S wasn’t supposed to be produced until mid-2022, according to Tesla’s online Design Studio.


However, Musk just announced the speed and performance in the Plaid Model S is “just so good," and Tesla won’t produce the Plaid+ variant of the sedan.


The Plaid+ variant was expected to have a top speed of 200 mph, just like the Plaid variant. However, the Plaid+ offered better acceleration at less than 1.99 seconds from 0-60 mph and over 520 miles of range, well above the 390 miles that the Plaid Model S offered.


Before incentives, the Plaid+ Model S was listed at $149,990. In May, Tesla officially stopped taking orders for the Plaid+ with no real explanation.


In the first week of June, it was announced the Plaid Model S broke the production vehicle record for the 1/4-mile, with a top speed of 152.09 mph, completing the split in 9.247 seconds. This broke the quarter-mile record the Bugatti Chiron Sport set in 2018. The Bugatti completed the 1/4-mile in 9.4 seconds with a speed of 158 mph.


With that kind of performance, Tesla may not really think it has much more to accomplish, especially as...

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