Musk Cancels ‘World’s Quickest’ Model S Plaid+ Saying There Is No Need
The Plaid+ was on track to be the world’s quickest mass market car with a 0-60 mph time just under 1.99 seconds as well as the longest-range electric vehicle with a 520 mile charge. Comparably, the Plaid model starts at $119,990 with a 1.99 second 0-60 time but only a 390 mile charge.
The reasoning behind canceling the Plaid+ is that “there are essentially zero trips above 400 miles where the driver doesn’t need to stop for restroom, food, coffee, etc. anyway”, according to Musk.
While the Plaid+ may not make it to production, the standard Model S Plaid may claim the ‘world’s quickest’ title itself. FoxNews Auto reports thatSpike’s Car Radio podcast claims Tesla recently registered an NHRA-certified 9.247 second quarter-mile run with a speed of 152 mph. If true, that would make it quicker than most any production car.
Model S Plaid deliveries are scheduled to begin on June 10 after being originally scheduled for February.