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Tesla’s less Plaid plans

The Tesla Model S Plaid Plus was canceled. Elon Musk announced the news on Twitter on Sunday, June 6. Now, it's just the Model S Plaid, which is very similar but with less mileage on one charge

Tesla's Model S Plaid Plus had been advertised as being able to have that range on a single charge The first production Tesla Model S Plaid rolled off the line recently at an event in Fremont, California Pricing for the Tesla Model S Plaid starts at $131,100, which is $10,000 more than originally expected

Before it even saw the light of day, the Tesla Model S Plaid Plus was canceled. Elon Musk announced the news on Twitter on Sunday, June 6, stating that the automaker’s Plaid model is “just so good” so there’s “no need” for the Plaid Plus.

The 836.8 km of promised range, the Plaid Plus, was meant to provide from 2022 onwards when it was due to be launched, is no more.

Too good to be true

Tesla’s Model S Plaid Plus had been advertised as being able to have that range on a single charge, and an acceleration from 0 to 96.5 km/h in just 2 seconds.  

The EV that will be available is the Model S Plaid.  

The only difference between it and Plaid Plus is that it will have a lower range of 628 km instead.  

Musk allegedly told Electrek that there’s simply no need for a higher range of kilometers.  

The Model S Plaid has been released post the EV’s delivery event date, which was set for June 3.  

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The Model S Plaid is released

The first production Tesla Model S Plaid rolled off the line recently at an event in Fremont, California. The Plaid is the range-topping Model S, packing 1,020 horsepower.

The Model S Plaid will allegedly run the quarter-mile in a blistering 9.2 seconds at 155 mph. For comparison, a McLaren 765LT can run the quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds.

When the Model S Plaid was first announced in January, Tesla said it would have a 200 mph top speed (322 km/h), but according to an addendum on Tesla’s website, the 200-mph top end will be achievable “when equipped with the proper wheels and tires,” which the company says will be available this fall.

Speaking of which, the 628 km (390 miles) range only applies to Plaid models fitted with the base 19-inch wheels. The optional 21-inch wheels lower the range to an estimated 350 miles and cost $4,500 extra. 

The Plaid has all the same updates that Tesla gave the Model S earlier this year.  

The Model S “guesses drive direction based on what obstacles it sees,” Musk said via Twitter in January.

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There’s an 8-inch screen that offers the same infotainment and gaming functions as the front display. The Model S comes standard with a glass roof, three-zone climate control, a 22-speaker audio system, heated seats for all passengers, and ventilated front seats.

Pricing for the Tesla Model S Plaid starts at $131,100 which is $10,000 more than originally expected

White is the only no-cost exterior color, with black, gray, and blue costing $1,500, and red coming in at $2,500. 

The standard all-black interior option is free, but both the black-and-white and cream options cost $2,000. 

Finally, the only other add-on is the misleadingly named Full Self-Driving option, for $10,000. As a reminder, the Tesla Model S is absolutely not a self-driving car; the company’s Autopilot tech is an SAE-classified Level 2 driver-assistance system

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All in, a fully loaded Model S Plaid costs $145,600 before available savings. The cars are available to order now.

In addition to the Model S, Tesla will soon offer a Plaid version of its Model X crossover. The larger Tesla EV will have 1,020 hp, a 2.5-second 0-to-60-mph time, a 163-mph top speed, and a 340-mile estimated range. The Model X Plaid is priced at $121,100 including destination, and the first deliveries are slated for January or February of 2022.