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Tesla Model S Plaid 2021.

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021.

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021.

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021. Discreet and tasteful: The Tesla Model S Plaid debuted as «the best car on the planet.»

On June 10, at the Tesla plant in Fremont, California, the premiere of the top version of Plaid of the updated Model S electric liftback took place.

The event was personally held by Elon Musk and told several interesting details about the new product.

In January, Tesla unveiled a radically redesigned Model S flagship liftback and announced two three-engined versions, the Plaid and Plaid +.

A week ago it became known that the Plaid + version will not be available, since it is «redundant», and yesterday’s event was timed to coincide with the start of shipments of the first Model S Plaid to customers, while the day before the premiere, the price of the Plaid version increased by $ 10,000 to 129,990 dollars.

At the beginning of the event, Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen took the stage and called the Model S Plaid “the best car on the planet”, and the head of Tesla, Elon Musk, who entered the stage behind the wheel of the novelty, said that it was “faster than any Porsche, and safer than any Volvo. »

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021.

Safety meant passive — they say, the rigid body perfectly holds side impacts, but both Euro NCAP and IIHS have questions about the active one, but of course not a word was said about this at the presentation.

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021.

As for the dynamic qualities, they are really impressive.

Three electric motors (one on the front axle, two on the rear) with a combined output of 1,020 hp. accelerate the liftback from standstill to 100 km / h in 2.1 s.

The presentation picture shows the time of 1.99 s, but this is up to 60 mph, that is, 96.56 km / h, and the acceleration time to «hundreds» and the value of the maximum speed — 322 km / h — we took from a German consumer site Tesla.

In the segment of supercars, there are already models that go from two seconds when accelerating to «hundreds» — for example, the Rimac Nevera, but this is all piece manual production, while the Model S Plaid is a mass conveyor model.

For her sake, by the way, Tesla has mastered the production of new electric motors with lightweight carbon fiber rotors instead of metal ones.

Straight speed is great, but what about cornering speed?

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021.

Will the Tesla Model S Plaid drive the Nürburgring Nordschleife faster than the current record holder Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S?

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021.

Elon Musk said he might send Plaid to the Nurburgring to set the record. Recall that it was here that two years ago Tesla tested the Plaid in the development process, and even, according to rumors, set an unofficial lap record, but it was pointless to announce it at the prototype stage — we are waiting for the production car to race.

Musk said that the Plaid version received an improved battery thermoregulation system, with an enlarged front radiator, which will allow it to make quick starts one by one without overheating.

The charging speed from the proprietary Supercharger terminals has been increased: you can replenish the power reserve by 300 km in just 15 minutes.

Now the maximum charging power of «superchargers» is 250 kW, but in the future they will be «heated» up to 350 kW, so that charging will take place even faster.

The power reserve of the Plaid version is 628 km. Much credit for this is good aerodynamics: the coefficient cx = 0.208, and it was measured on a machine with rotating wheels, that is, in conditions close to real life.

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021.

Recall that the January restyling brought the Model S a completely new interior without ventilation deflectors (in fact, they are, just hidden).

Moving away from the traditional steering wheel in favor of the wheel is, according to Musk, not only another step towards «full autopilot», but also the ability to move the front seats forward to provide more space for passengers in the second row.

Thanks to the new acoustic glazing, the noise insulation of the liftback has been improved.

The new multimedia system with an AMD processor has the performance of the Sony PlayStation 5 and allows you to run the most modern computer games on Tesla’s screens. There is a new 920-watt audio system with 22 speakers.

Tesla Model S Plaid shipments to customers have indeed already begun, so in the near future we can expect independent tests of its capabilities.

Tesla electric vehicles are not officially sold in Russia, but in April Elon Musk said that the company was already close to opening a representative office in our country.

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021.

Tesla Model S Plaid with a maximum speed of 322 km / h became the fastest electric car of the brand.

This modification is the fastest American car. Interestingly, the top four-door has been in development for at least several years, since its first prototypes were seen on tests back in 1919.

Outside, the car is notable for the optimized shape of the individual body elements, due to which it was possible to improve streamlining.

If on a regular Tesla Model S the drag coefficient is 0.24, then on the Plaid version it is only 0.208. By the way, this is a record figure among production cars.

As for technology, the new Tesla Model S Plaid is driven by three electric motors, the total power of which reaches 1,020 hp.

To increase the efficiency of the engines, the company has developed a technology for covering the copper winding of the rotor with carbon fiber.

Traction batteries of the modification are also improved. Their characteristics are not advertised, but the range of the electric car can reach 624 km. It is known that when recharging from a fast terminal, you can replenish the range of 300 km in just 15 minutes.

In addition, the Tesla Model S Plade boasts an upgraded heat pump, due to which engineers have been able to improve the efficiency of heat removal from electric motors and traction batteries.

Curiously, in cold weather it can be used to heat the batteries and the interior. As a result, in winter, such a solution allows not only to halve energy consumption for heating, but also to increase the power reserve by 30%.

However, the main feature of the Tesla Model S Plaid is its dynamics: from a standstill to 60 mph (97 km / h), the electric car is capable of “firing” in 1.99 seconds.

The electric car travels a quarter mile (402 meters) distance in 9.23 seconds, and the maximum speed reaches 322 km / h.

The price of the Model S Plaid modification in the United States starts at $ 129,990 (about 9.3 million rubles at the current exchange rate), while the first 25 copies of the model have already been shipped to customers.

At the moment, production is limited — only a few hundred of these cars roll off the assembly line every week.

However, in the third quarter of 2021, the Americans promise to increase production capacity, and then a thousand cars will be assembled every week.

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