Tesla’s series of cars have always been impressive with their battery technology. Typically the fastest charging and longest range vehicles at this point in time, Elon Musk’s EV startup has made quite a name for itself. These cars also have a habit of shaming supercars thanks to their incredible acceleration. Today the Tesla Model X Plaid becomes the fastest SUV in the world.
A new drive variant has been introduced on the updated Tesla Model S and Model X. Both cars dubbed ‘Plaid’ receive a carbon-sleeved triple electric motor setup that can generate 1,100bhp. While the Model S Plaid becomes the first production car to cover 0-60mph in under 2 seconds, the Model X will do the same in just 2.5 seconds. Top speed? That’ll be 163mph. Not bad for a seven seater SUV!
Tesla’s comments describes the Plaid models as "beyond ludicrous” and we certainly agree. Considering that the Model X is an SUV, it will run to 60mph in the same time as a Bugatti Veyron. Said family car is also capable of shaming every Ferrari on sale today during the same sprint.
A host of upgrades to the interior have also been applied, including a new 17-inch landscape touchscreen and a smaller 8.0-inch screen in the second row. A nice touch is that the largest screen can be tilted towards the driver or passenger dependant upon who’s using it. Computing power within the Model X now sits at 10 teraflops, which is on par with some serious machines.
However, the most controversial change is to the steering wheel which is no longer a wheel. The rectangular control is more akin to what you’d use to fly a Boeing 737 and creates a very unique element for the cabin. How ergonomic it is will remain to be seen.
The new Tesla Model X Plaid will set you back £110,980