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Tesla Model S Plaid priced from $189,990

What's faster than Ludicrous? If you're Tesla, the answer is Plaid. The fastest-ever Model S will hit the road late next year, capable of sub-two-second run to 60mph.

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The fastest Tesla Model S is about to get faster.

Elon Musk has confirmed deliveries for the tri-motor Model S Plaid will start late in 2021, and revealed the car’s eye-popping performance figures.

The Model S Plaid will do the 60mph (97km/h) sprint in less than two seconds, and the quarter mile sprint in less than nine seconds thanks to its tri-motor all-wheel drive system.

Claimed top speed is north of 320km/h, and the powertrain lays down 820kW of power. Despite the wild performance, Tesla is promising a range of 835km between charges.

Mr Musk says the Plaid lapped Laguna Seca in 1:30.3, making it faster than the Lucid Air that stole the electric vehicle record from a Model S Plaid prototype earlier this year.

The goal for the Plaid is to better the 1:27.62 set by Randy Pobst in a McLaren Senna at Laguna Seca.

“We’re confident the Model S Plaid will achieve the best track time of any production vehicle ever, of any kind – two-door or otherwise,” Mr Musk said.

“You can order it now, and it’s available basically at the end of next year.”

The late-2021 delivery date represents a significant delay for the highest-performance Model S, which was originally meant to launch this year.

In Australia, the Model S Plaid will be priced from $189,990 before on-road costs, making it cheaper than the entry-level Porsche Taycan 4S.


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