After pushing back for several months, Tesla has started delivering its highly anticipated Model S Plaid, the fastest car to date.
At the company’s Fremont, California plant on Thursday, CEO Elon Musk and the company’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, introduced the car, which goes from 0 to 60 in less than 2 seconds.
“Faster than Porsche, but safer than Volvo,” Musk said during the event’s livestream.
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The car costs $129,990, $10,000 more than initially estimated.
Tesla began shipping on Thursday of its highly anticipated Model S Plaid, the world’s fastest car quick
‘Faster than Porsche but safer than Volvo,’ said CEO Elon Musk during the livestream
The car can go from 0 to 60 in less than 2 seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph
It is unclear why Tesla increased the price and Tesla has not yet responded to requests for comment from DailyMail.com.
According to the company’s website, the three-engine Model S Plaid has a range of 390 miles, a top speed of 200 mph and 1,020 horsepower.
With a dual engine configuration, it can travel 412 miles on a single charge.
It’s also capable of traveling 187 miles on just 15 minutes of charging, Musk added.
To hit 200 mph, drivers will need “proper wheels and tires,” which won’t be available until fall 2021, according to the website.
“With the longest range and fastest acceleration of any electric vehicle in production, the Model S Plaid is the best-performing sedan ever built,” Tesla wrote on its website. “Both Long Range and Plaid drivetrains, with updated battery architecture, are capable of consecutive, consistent 1/4 mile runs.”
Musk, 49, noted that the Model S Plaid with Autopilot would make it easier for drivers to take the most efficient route.
It will guess the location, direction and route until it “keeps minimizing the amount of input you have to do until the car reads your mind.”
The 4,766-pound Model S Plaid will also be more energy efficient, with an HVAC system that can use 50 percent less energy and a pump that improves range in cold weather by 30 percent.
The new electric vehicle also features an ‘all-new interior’, including yoke steering wheel, 17-inch panoramic main screen and ventilated front seats.
The yoke handlebar reportedly came as a surprise to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
It also comes with an additional 8-inch rear passenger display and front and rear charging ports
The new electric vehicle has an ‘all new interior’, including a yoke handlebar (something that Reportedly came as a surprise to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), a panoramic 17-inch main screen and ventilated front seats.
The NHTSA contacted Tesla about the yoke handlebar, which is half the size of a traditional wheel, over concerns it may not meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.
The Model S Plaid also offers the ability to play top-level in-car video games, “similar to today’s latest consoles,” the website added, with Musk repeatedly comparing it to Sony’s PlayStation 5.
It comes with an additional 8-inch rear passenger display. and front and rear charging ports.
Musk noted that production and delivery of the first 25 cars is now underway, adding that they should be able to produce several hundred cars per week “soon” and 1,000 per week in the third quarter, Musk said. TechCrunch.
Plaid is a reference to Musk’s love for the movie “Spaceballs,” updating the Model S with “ridiculous speed” in the past, a nod to the 1987 Mel Brooks comedy.