Nine years after the first version of the Model S, Tesla launched the Model S Plaid, of which it delivered the first copies to a few customers.
Tesla has decided to stage the official launch of the new Model S Plaid with a show loved by his boss. The event was broadcast live tonight from the Tesla factory in Fremont, California (United States) to mark the delivery of the first 25 Model S Plaid.
We have already devoted a full article to this update of the Tesla sedan, the first version of which was released in 2012. The makeover comes at the right time to relaunch the Model S against a competition that has seriously grown in recent years. months, especially on the side ofwith EQS and at Lucid Motors with the superb .
The Tesla Model S Plaid succeeds the Model S High Performance. It has three electric motors ”»Developing 1020 hp in total which inaugurates a new architecture, with a rotor covered with . According to the manufacturer, it is able to maintain “peak power until the peak “. The Model S Plaid can reach 322 km / h and claims 0 to 100 km / h in 1.99 seconds. Curiously, the presentation page of the Model S Plaid in France still evokes a 0 to 100 km / h in 2.1 seconds.
300 km of range in 15 minutes of charging
Tesla announces a maximum range of 628 km and better battery performance in cold conditions thanks to a new. New Palladium also brings better performance for charging, with 15 minutes to restore 300 km of range on Tesla fast chargers. has indicated that the latter are expected to increase in power in the future to go from 250kW to 280, 300 and 350 kW.
The Model S Plaid inaugurates a new interior that gains in sobriety and roominess. There is obviously this famous steering wheel “Yoke” which made so much talk. It turns out that it is well approved, especially in Europe. During the presentation, Elon Musk praised the performance of the video game infotainment system. It uses aAMD RDNA 2 which offers performance equivalent to that of a typical latest generation console or Xbox Series X. To support his point, the boss of Tesla has offered a small game of Cyberpunk 2077.
There is still a shadow to this picture. Indeed, on the eve of this presentation with great fanfare, the price of the Tesla Model S Plaid has increased by 10,000 dollars in the United States and the same amount in Europe. Announced at 119,990 euros last January, it is now displayed at 129,990 euros. The initial price will be maintained for all buyers who have already placed an order, but new customers will have to pay the extension of 10,000 euros. An inflation that Tesla justified by the increase in the prices ofraw. We can also see a consequence of the abandonment of the Model S Plaid + which was to head the range at 139,990 euros. Elon Musk felt that this version did not really have a reason to be in view of the performance of the Plaid.
The presentation of the new Tesla Model S Plaid with Elon Musk in the spotlight. © Tesla
Tesla: discover the big novelties of the Model S
Article bythe 01/30/2021
Released in 2012, the Tesla Model S is entitled to a makeover that applies mainly to its interior which gains in sobriety, makes even more room for screens and introduces a spectacular steering wheel devoid of control levers.
She had been waiting for her facelift for a while, here it is at last. Thewas officially introduced yesterday by the American manufacturer. If, seen from the outside, it seems to have evolved by very small touches, the interior has been profoundly redesigned. By the way, introduces the Plaid version which replaces the High Performance edition and promises lightning accelerations as well as a range of 840 km. An update that should allow the Model S to face more and more threatening competition more effectively.
The general aesthetics of the Model S change very little in terms of its bodywork. The most notable change is on the front bumper whosesides are more discreet and curves gain in relief to accentuate the sporty side. All the fittings are black and no longer chrome, as on the . At the rear, the diffuser has been retouched and goes up more on the bumper. Finally, note the arrival of new 19-inch rims.
A more airy dashboard
It is in the cabin that the greatest happened update. To put it simply, we “breathe” a little more in front of the dashboard of the Tesla Model S 2021 which is much more sober. Two major developments provide this sensation. First of all, the 17-inch central screen is now oriented in the landscape position (horizontal) and no longer portrait (vertical), which gives the dashboard a more airy side and has made it possible to rethink the central console which becomes more spacious and functional. Second notable change, the removal of thewhich creates a much more refined atmosphere.
The panels ofhave been redesigned to reflect this “Zen” which plays on tones of white, beige and black and on or depending on the finishes chosen. The rear passengers have not been forgotten. They are entitled to an infotainment screen integrated into the center console to which wireless game controllers can be connected. The seats have been redesigned to be more enveloping and the retractable central armrest offers an induction charging compartment for two smartphones.
The Tesla Model S Plaid + is a bomb
But the most striking novelty is undoubtedly the steering wheel of the Model S 2021. It strongly recalls that of theor what we can see in Formula 1. The upper part of the hoop has disappeared while the lower part is flattened. The driver places his hands on the axis of the central branch and uses his thumbs to operate the buttons and knobs which replace the usual control levers for windshield wipers, headlights and indicators. This interior renewal applies to which is also entitled to small alterations to its bodywork on the same elements as the Model S.
This 2021 vintage is the opportunity for Tesla to introduce the “Plaid” version of the Model S and the Model X. Replacing the high performance version, it is based on a powertrain with three electric motors with a carbon track rotor ” that maintains peak power up to maximum speed », Torque distribution and all-wheel drive. This mainly results in more powerful acceleration and higher top speed.
Thus, the Tesla Model S Grande Autonomie goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.2 seconds and reaches 250 km / h while the Model S Plaid takes only 2.1 seconds for 0 to 100 km / h and can speed at 320 km / h.even offers an even more extreme Plaid + version which cuts down from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 2.1 seconds and promises up to 840 km of range on a single charge.
You will have to pay a minimum of 139,990 euros to afford it and wait until the end of 2021 to receive it. Thestarts at 119,990 euros (same price for the ) and announces 628 km of autonomy. The Tesla Model S Grande Autonomie starts at 89,990 euros and can travel up to 663 km on a single charge. These last two versions will be available from September, as will the new Model X.