Move out of its way!
On the revered stretches of the German autobahn, the Tesla Model S Plaid has redefined the term 'speed'. It's not every day that you witness an electric vehicle, traditionally notorious for compromising on top speed, touch a breathtaking 203 mph. But then again, this isn't just any electric vehicle; it's the Tesla Model S Plaid.
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Tesla's standard limitation for the Model S stands at a top speed of 166 mph. However, a recent video by AutoTopNL unveiled the unbridled potential of a special Model S Plaid, packed with the track pack, free from such constraints.
Gone are the days when electric vehicles trailed their combustion-engined counterparts in raw performance. The Model S Plaid's acceleration statistics are a testament to this shift – a spine-tingling 0 to 62 mph in 2.56 seconds and a 0 to 124 mph in just 6.82 seconds. The video magnificently captures this awe-inspiring prowess, allowing viewers to experience the electrifying thrill of the Model S Plaid's capabilities.
The accolades for the Model S Plaid don't stop on the autobahn. In a remarkable showcase of technical expertise, the EV championed the demanding curves of the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit on June 2, 2023, clocking a time of 7 minutes 25.231 seconds. This performance dethroned the previously reigning Porsche Taycan Turbo S, firmly establishing the Model S Plaid as the fastest all-electric production car to grace the Nürburgring. For this ambitious venture, the Plaid was armed with a traditional round steering wheel, a departure from Tesla's modern yoke design.
This record-setting Model S Plaid was kitted with the $15,000 Track Pack, including enhancements like cutting-edge carbon ceramic brakes, resilient Goodyear Eagle 3R tires, and the sophisticated forged aluminum Zero-G wheels. The sheer force of its tri-motor setup, yielding a staggering 1,020 hp, becomes palpable in AutoTopNL's video, leaving no room for doubt about the Model S Plaid's unmatched capabilities in the electric vehicle sector.
While Tesla's Model S Plaid is undoubtedly a beacon of high-performance EVs, the realm of luxury sedans has other contenders too. The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and Maserati Ghibli Trofeo, both harnessing the power of combustion engines, also flaunt top speeds exceeding 200 mph.
In the battle of speed, the Tesla Model S Plaid has certainly stamped its authority, showcasing that the future of high-speed vehicular prowess is electric.