What’s in a name? 

A lot, usually, so you wouldn’t expect a 1,100hp electric vehicle that goes from zero to a hundred in less than two seconds to be named after grandpa’s favourite fabric. 

Not long after Lucid unveiled the first 500-mile production electric vehicle, Elon Musk announced the Tesla Model S Plaid, a new high-performance variant of the top-range sedan that will oblige over 520 miles on a single charge.

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Unveiled at the company’s ‘Battery Day’ event, the car will sit above Ludicrous in Tesla’s nomenclature, which is already pretty wild as a feature that enables the top-line P90D Model S sedan, for example, to go from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds. That’s already supercar fast — or even faster than some Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

This then takes the electric insanity a few notches higher. Equipped with a tri-motor, all-wheel-drive setup instead of the previous two motors, the third motor in the Model S Plaid gives the car better torque vectoring, which in turns lends the car plenty more possibilities in the handling department, especially through corners.

At 520 miles, Tesla will once again boast the world’s longest-range electric vehicle, which is pretty impressive considering that it’s been less than a year since it revolutionised the industry with 390 miles per charge. It is, after all, once of the important figures buyers take into consideration when making the switch to electric vehicles.

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The over-the-top variant will go on sale later next year at a starting price of approximately S$192,720 in the US, making it the most expensive Model S to date, although options can rack up your bill to as much as $215,440. These are, however, US prices so expect a way more exorbitant price tag if it makes it to Singapore. 


Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.