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Tesla targets upstarts with 390-mile range and 200-mph Model S Plaid

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On Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to a stage in Fremont, California, to debut the Model S Plaid production. The Model S redefined our expectations of an electric car when it was first introduced. But little has changed since 2016, as Tesla has focused on the cheaper but much larger volume 3 and Y models. Five years is a long time in the automotive world, and others in the industry, notably Lucid and Mercedes. -Benz, they have the potential to change what was once the default answer to the question “what is the best and most luxurious electric car I can buy?”

The Model S Plaid is Tesla’s answer to all the upstarts, and the first 25 vehicles will meet their new owners on Friday. “Later [Tesla] it should basically be in several hundred cars a week soon and a thousand cars a week next quarter, “Musk told attendees.

Unfortunately, we have few technical specs: Tesla got rid of those kinds of resources when it decided to eliminate a press office. Its three-engine powertrain provides a maximum output of 1,020 hp (760 kW). That’s enough for less than 2 seconds on the 0-60 mph (0-98 km / h) dash (with a pitch) and a 1/4 mile time of 9.23 seconds, which really is fast. Top speed will be 321 km / h (200 mph), but if you plan to drive that fast, you will have to wait until fall, when the right tires and wheels are available.

If you drive it a little slower, Tesla says it can go 390 miles (657 km). The car can be quickly charged with DC to 250 kW, which will add 187 miles (300 km) of range in 15 minutes. Musk did not share details about the battery pack beyond the fact that it is new; it was more effusive with the drive motor, which can run at 20,000 rpm, and there is also a more efficient heat pump that should significantly improve range in cold climates.

The interior has had some attractive upgrades, with wood or carbon fiber trim available. The controversial multi-function yoke appears in place of a regular steering wheel, and the old portrait-oriented touchscreen is gone, replaced by a 17-inch 2200×1300 touchscreen. The infotainment system supports wireless controllers and has high processing power (10 teraflops) that Musk says will provide a gaming experience with performance comparable to that of a Playstation 5. There is a 22-speaker audio system and a third display. 8-inch (after infotainment system and 12.3-inch main instrument display) for rear-seat passengers.

The Model S Plaid starts at $ 129,990, $ 10,000 more than when it was first announced in January. If you check all the boxes on the order page (including $ 10,000 for “total autonomous driving ability”), you can reach almost $ 150,000. That’s still cheaper than a similarly equipped Lucid Air, and unlike the Lucid (or the Mercedes-Benz EQS, whose US price remains unknown), a full-spec Model S Plaid can be delivered. in August of this year, says Tesla.

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