Elon Musk Nixes Tesla Model S Plaid+

Elon Musk announced that the Tesla Model S Plaid is still on track to start delivery this week, but the Model S Plaid+ has been canceled. The Plaid+ had been available for preorder with prices starting at $150,000 and was slated to start delivery in mid-2022.

The Model S Plaid comes with a more powerful powertrain that can accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a little less than two seconds. It has a top speed of 200 miles per hour and a top range of 390 miles on a single charge. This vehicle features a total of three motors and starts at $112,990. Last week, Musk had announced that its release would be pushed back to June 10 to make a last-minute tweak.

Based on those stats, Musk has said that the Model S Plaid “feels like a spaceship” and apparently decided that the Plaid+ would be redundant. There was no word on when Tesla would start issuing refunds for customers who already placed a deposit for this version of the Model S.

Though some Tesla fans may be disappointed that they can’t get the Plaid+, which would have had the same acceleration and maximum speed with its maximum range increased to 500 miles, Musk’s assessment may not be completely out of line. With those stats, it’s certainly recommended to leave your bottle of Tesla Tequila, which was released in November 2020, at home in case your Model S Plaid is pulled over for drag racing or pushing the limits of your Autopilot.

A couple of Tesla owners in California already got themselves into legal hot water for doing the latter as it is. Their dangerous stunt of riding in the back seat of a driverless Tesla may have been an important factor in Tesla’s recent decision to activate the camera mounted to the rear view mirror in its vehicles to make certain that drivers are staying alert.

(And, yes, Tesla Tequila did start out as part of a 2018 April Fool’s Day joke, for those of you with long memories.)

The cancellation of the Model S Plaid+ had previously been rumored after Tesla canceled pre-orders for this version on its official website before Elon Musk’s announcement. Elon Musk simply made it official with one of the tweets that Tesla regards as official company communications in lieu of the public relations department that would normally issue updates in the form of press releases.