Tesla Model S Plaid: It's 'kick-ass,' Musk says at live event
The Tesla Model S plaid presentation will go live in California shortly. You can tune in at the link above. We'll update this post as we learn more.
Tesla redefined electric cars in 2012 when it launched its high-end Model S with a sleek design and long range, but it faces a number of new challengers.
CEO Elon Musk hasn't said if he's going to take the stage, but he has been promoting the new model on Twitter, which costs $ 129,990 versus $ 79,990 for a long-range Model S. The latest price for the Model S Plaid is $ 10,000 more than was displayed on the Tesla website a few days ago.
The launch of the Model S Plaid, which was already featured online, has faced delays and some controversy over an expected airplane-style yoke steering wheel. Musk canceled another variant this week, Model S Plaid +, which would have had 33% longer range than the Model S Plaid and would have used advanced battery technology known as 4680 cells.
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"The Model S plaid should definitely help reduce current Tesla owner churn from Tesla," said Ed Kim, vice president of consulting firm AutoPacific. "I think what we are seeing now is that Tesla can no longer operate in a vacuum."
He said the Model S Plaid is a low volume Halo model that aims to showcase the automaker and generate buzz for the sedan, with Tesla having to successfully launch new models like Cybertruck and Semi Trucks to get its Expand customer base.
Musk has called the Model S Plaid "the fastest accelerating car ever". He claims the sports sedan goes from zero to 60 mph (97 km / h) in 1.99 seconds and has an estimated range of 390 miles.
The plaid offers little change in the body style and the possibility of yoke steering. It is also expected to feature improved games with new titles and more powerful processors.
The kick-off event has been postponed to tonight after originally scheduled for last Thursday.
Contains material from Reuters
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