Tesla Model S Plaid delivery event on Thursday, June 10.
The event, which was broadcast live, took place at Tesla‘s manufacturing facility in Fremont, California.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared on stage in typically humble fashion – whizzing around the Fremont test track at 100-plus miles per hour in the new all-electric Plaid (see video above). Speaking to a small but enthusiastic crowd, Musk spent the next half hour talking about the car’s many features, some of which are shown below.
The three-engine, 1,020-horsepower Model S Plaid is at the top of the Model S lineup and has some serious specs, including a top speed of 200 mph and an astonishingly fast zero-to-60 km/h acceleration time of just 1.99 seconds. In a tweet earlier this week, Musk called the Model S Plaid “the fastest production car ever made,” adding, “You have to feel it to believe it.”
The car’s estimated range of 390 miles is the second best of any Tesla electric car, and only the Model S Long Range can go more – 412 miles – on a single charge. Tesla was expected to release a Plaid+ model with additional range, but Musk recently announced that the company had canceled that plan, saying it was “unnecessary,” “because the Plaid is just so good.” We’ll wait for customer feedback on that.
The first deliveries of the Model S Plaid will take place nine months after Tesla began taking orders for the new car, which, at just over $130,000, is the company’s most expensive production car to date. Musk told the crowd that the automaker is ready to deliver the first 25 Model S Plaid cars now, that “soon” deliveries will increase to several hundred cars a week, and “possibly in the next quarter” to a thousand cars a week.
Musk added that the emergence of this Model S variant marks “something very important for the future of sustainable energy, which is that we have to show that the electric car is the best car, without a doubt.”