Tesla CEO Elon Musk in September stated the company was dealing with a new flagship powertrain called the Plaid that will be offered on the Model S in 2020.
2021 Tesla Model S Plaid Spy Shots
Days after Musk’s comments, models for the Model S Plaid were spotted testing at the Nürburgring, where they were attaining lap times approaching the 7:20 mark.
The prototypes were later discovered to be far from production-spec, as they weren’t even fitted with interiors, but the stunt did show the capacity of the Plaid powertrain, and, no doubt, offered important feedback for Tesla’s engineering team.
Now the group has returned to the ‘Ring with upgraded models sporting adjustments that might more closely resemble what’s coming for the production Model S Plaid.
2021 Tesla Model S Plaid Exterior
There are new consumptions in the lower front fascia together with enormous vents behind the front wheel arches. There are also new rear diffusers, with style on the blue Model looking like a unit found on a GT race car. Both models still sport the extra-wide wheels and tires and rear wing spoiler seen formerly.
Whether the production Model S Plaid will have the ability to match the efficiency of these prototypes stays to be seen. It’s likewise uncertain whether the Model S Plaid will be able to provide a repeatable performance like Porsche’s Taycan or if it will feature the same disclaimers alerting that you risk damaging powertrain parts that we saw with the Model S Ludicrous Plus.
In the meantime, the fastest production EV is the Porsche Taycan, which in Taycan Turbo guise lapped the ‘Ring in 7:42 back in August. The Porsche might be even quicker, though, as there’s still the more powerful Taycan Turbo S Model.
2021 Tesla Model S Plaid Debut
The Model S Plaid is because of arriving sometime in 2020, assuming Tesla provides it on time. The company likewise promised the Plaid powertrain would be provided in the Model X and second-generation Roadster.