Update: An earlier version of this story indicated that the price could reach $33,400 in…
Tesla officially launched the three-engine Plaid Model S with 1,020 horsepower in a flashy event broadcast live from its Fremont plant, but not before raising the price before delivering the first 25 vehicles at the event. .
However, after listening to the specs and work done in the vehicle, it’s likely that potential customers will forgive Tesla for the extra AU $ 12,000.
Chief designer Franz von Holzhausen kicked off the event by taking the stage with his now-legendary blacksmith’s hammer that accidentally shattered the Cybertruck’s glass when it launched in 2019.
“We set out to design and build the best car on the planet,” said von Holzhausen, referring to the company’s first 2012 Model S.
“Tonight we’re going to show you the next best version of the Model S…. and I brought that because we could break some records, ”he said, shaking the hammer.
Musk – understandably – entered the arena behind the wheel of the new Tesla Model S Plaid, but only after doing a few up and down accelerations on a track beside the stage.
“Why did we make this car going crazy?” He said, quickly answering his own question.
“We have to show that an electric car is by far the best car – that sustainable energy cars can be the most exciting cars in every way.”
The main improvement over all other Model S generations, Musk said, is acceleration.
“We broke the 2 second barrier,” he said. “No production car has ever done 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in less than two seconds. “
The three-engine Model S also has an all-new battery, and the boost rate has been increased so that it can gain 187 miles – 300 kilometers – in 15 minutes.
The record specs are due to what Musk believes to be the “first production electric motor with a carbon overpack motor.”
“It’s very difficult to do because carbon and copper have different rates of thermal expansion,” he said, adding that in order to make the motor, Tesla had to design the machine to wind the carbon at an extremely high voltage. high.
As a result, the electromagnetic field is super efficient: “The centrifugal force wants to expand the rotor, so the carbon wrap holds the motor together,” Musk said.
In the Model S, Tesla also has the lowest drag coefficient of any car ever built, Musk said. All-inclusive, even “moving wheels,” the Model S Plaid achieves a drag coefficient of 0.208.
Add to that a heat pump for very little degradation in cold weather, and Musk thinks “it’s really like driving the future.”
“Even other Tesla cars will look like the last century.”
A confirmed delivery event date on Monday was followed by news that Tesla is removing the 1,100 horsepower Plaid Plus from its lineup – apparently because the Plaid is “so good” according to Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon. Musk.
The original price of the Plaid with 19-inch wheels in Australia was A $ 174,990, while the Plaid Plus was A $ 199,900.
The Plaid is now priced at A $ 186,990 before roads and other options like premium paint and 21-inch arachnid wheels, with the price hike likely due to “a supply chain pricing pressures, ”as noted by Musk in response to a Tweet about the price hike in early June.
The mobile lumbar was only removed on the front passenger seat of 3 / Y (obviously not on the rear seats). The logs showed almost no use. Not worth the cost / mass for everyone when hardly ever in use.
Prices are rising due to significant pressure on supply chain pricing across the industry. Mainly raw materials.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2021
In other news, it looks like Tesla has also started to line up exports of the refreshed Model S and X, which feature a new dashboard and a ‘yoke’ steering wheel option, along with minor exterior updates, for Europe.
– Morten Grove, captain of all Tesla-Ships 🚢 (@ mortenlund89) June 10, 2021
Bridie Schmidt is the senior reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew the economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018 and has a keen interest in the role zero-emission transportation needs to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is a co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and offers it for hire at evee.com.au.