Quick, but late: Elon Musk confirms Tesla Model S Plaid deliveries start in June


Better late than never? Elon Musk has confirmed the date for the first deliveries of the new Tesla Model S Plaid, which promises to be the quickest production car ever made.

Tesla claims the Model S Plaid is the world's quickest production car.

Tesla claims the Model S Plaid is the world’s quickest production car.
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The CEO Tweeted that a delivery event will take place on June 3 at the company’s Fremont, Calif., factory.

During a Tesla earnings call in January, Musk said production was already underway and that deliveries would start in February, but it was later revealed that none of the cars had been built through March.

The $119,990 sedan is powered by three electric motors with a combined output of 1,020 hp and can accelerate to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds and cover a quarter mile in 9.43 seconds, according to Tesla.

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It is also advertised with a top speed of 200 mph and a range of 390 miles per charge. An even quicker $139,990 Model S Plaid+ with a listed range of 520 miles is currently scheduled for release in mid-2022.

The entire Model S lineup has been redesigned and features a yoke style steering wheel design that has been under review by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Prototypes with a conventional wheel have been spotted undergoing testing, but Tesla has not confirmed its availability.

Plaid refers to a scene from the movie “Spaceballs” that depicted a spaceship traveling at faster than light speed and replaces Ludicrous as Tesla’s top performance designation, a name also borrowed from the comedy film.



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