Even in its lowest-specced form, the base model for Tesla’s Model S is a widely impressive machine with ungodly amounts of instantly-available torque that allow it to rival the speeds and acceleration of some of the world’s most elite supercars. Always one to push the performance envelop, the Silicon Valley manufacturer has now revealed an even more capable version of its formidable all-electric five-door liftback sedan with the new Model S Plaid — which also happens to be a direct reference to Mel Brooks’ sci-fi comedy Spaceballs.
Pretty much every metric on the Plaid variant’s spec-sheet has been bolstered, with the firm’s 1,100hp+ all-wheel-drive Tri-Motor configuration now allowing for top speeds exceeding 200mph. And, with standing quarter-mile runs in under nine seconds and 0-60mph times that come in at under the two-second mark, the Model S Plaid reaches its more than 200mph top-speed in a decidedly short amount of time. These latter two feats reportedly earn the Model S Plaid the title of “quickest accelerating production car.” It also achieves these performance capabilities while still affording an equally-impressive range of over 520-miles on a single charge. Starting from $134,490, the Tesla Model S Plaid is scheduled for a release next year, with shipping slated to begin in late 2021.
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