Fastest accelerating production car: Tesla Model S debuts in the US for deliveries

The Model S Plaid version of the sedan comes with 1,020 hp, which helps it to do a zero to 100 kmph sprint in less than two seconds.

Fastest accelerating production car: Tesla Model S debuts in the US for deliveries
The Tesla CEO announced that the deliveries of the Tesla Model S Plaid have been opened from today. (Photo credit: Tesla)

The electric vehicle giant, Tesla has finally debuted the Model S Plaid, predicted to be the fastest production car in the world. The e-sedan was launched in the US during an event held on Friday at the electric vehicle carmaker’s Fermont facility in California. Before the event kicked off, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk himself drove the new electric car, to be specific the performance version of the e-sedan. The launch was previously planned to take place on June 3 but had to be postponed because as per Elon Musk the Model S needed some last-minute tweaks. The Tesla CEO announced that the deliveries of the Tesla Model S Plaid have been opened from today.

Pricing

The Tesla Model S Plaid has been launched for $1,29,990 (without taxes) which roughly translates to Rs 95 lakh. The earlier price of the car was $1,19,990 but was hiked by Tesla just 24 hours before the event, accompanied by price hikes for some of its other models too.

Under the hood

The Model S Plaid version of the sedan comes with 1,020 hp, which helps it to do a zero to 100 kmph sprint in less than two seconds. During the event, Elon Musk defined the car as “It is faster than a Porsche, safer than a Volvo.”

The maximum speed of the e-sedan is claimed to be 321 kmph (200 miles). Tesla later explained that the speed can only be achieved with the help of a preferred set of tires and wheels.

The Tesla Model S Plaid will sit on standard 19-inch wheels, however, customers will also have the option to opt for an upgrade that is the optional 21-inch wheels which will surely down the sedan’s optimum range of 627 km.

Range and recharge

As per the company, the Model S Plaid can add almost 300 km (187 miles) of range in just 15 minutes using its supercharger. Elon Musk also highlighted the enormous network of Superchargers it has built across the world for its customers, which has now gone up to 25,000 stations.

Rivals

The Tesla Model S Plaid aims to take on rivals like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Lucid Motors in the luxury electric vehicle market.