Elon Musk Rolls Out First Production Tesla Model S Plaid – An EV With Unprecedented Performance

“Basically our product plan is stolen from Space Balls,” said a moon-pie-grinning Elon Musk on stage at his Fremont car factory. “We’ve gone plaid!”

Spaceballs, of course, was the seminal Mel Brooks spoof on the Star Wars franchise that featured a speed beyond light that was called, in the movie, “plaid.” And just like the spaceship commanded by Rick Moranis’ character Dark Helmet, Tesla, commanded by Elon Musk, has made the leap beyond hyperspace to Plaid.

The Plaid Model S, that is.

With two electric motors in the rear and one in the front combining for 1,020 hp, the new Model S Plaid can go from 0-60 in 1.99 seconds, the fastest of any production car ever, Musk said. It’ll do the quarter mile in 9.23 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 200 mph.

Despite all that performance, Musk claimed the car has a range of 390 miles and can get 187 miles of charge in 15 minutes at a Tesla Supercharger.

Last night’s ceremony was for the first production Model S Plaid, the car had been announced in January.

This car eliminates the previously-planned Plaid+ because, Musk said, “Plaid is just so good.”

Sticker price is $129,990 and it’s available now.

“What we really wanted to achieve here is like, well, ‘Why make this really fast car that’s crazy fast and everything?’ And I think there is something that’s quite important to the future of sustainable energy, which is that we’ve got to show that an electric car is the best car, hands down. It’s got to be clear.”

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