Tesla announced that Model S Plaid Plus has been cancelled. The reason is that Plaid is too powerful?

On June 6, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted a tweet saying:

Tesla Model S Plaid Plus has been cancelled, it is not necessary to exist, Model S Plaid is good enough.

In late May, Tesla had set the "Plaid Plus" in the Model S configuration options to gray-this Model S with 1,100 horsepower and acceleration from 100 kilometers in less than two seconds is no longer available for purchase.

▲Model S Plaid Plus

This means that the standard Model S Plaid will become the top Model S at present. Although there is one missing "Plus", in fact, its performance can also be described as stunning: it also has more than a thousand horsepower and about 2 seconds. 100 kilometers acceleration.

Not long ago, the famous comedian Jay Leno mentioned in Spike's Car Radio that he witnessed the Tesla Model S Plaid set the fastest quarter-mile acceleration record. According to Renault, the Model S Plaid ran a quarter mile (402m) in only 9.247 seconds and reached a speed of 152 miles per hour (244 km/h).

For a four-door car, this is a good result.

In addition to powerful performance, Model S Plaid also has a very unique rectangular steering wheel, which looks a bit like Formula One.

However, some analysts believe that the rectangular steering wheel may have certain safety hazards in the actual driving process. According to a CNET report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently stated that the agency has contacted Tesla to discuss whether the shape of the steering wheel meets the US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

However, as Tesla's FSD (Fully Autonomous Driving) function becomes more and more perfect, such a rectangular steering wheel may become a new trend.

By the end of 2021, Tesla FSD will have L5 autonomous driving capabilities. This means that FSD will be able to drive the car to any place under any circumstances, without manual intervention.

Musk said in the fourth quarter 2020 earnings conference call.

Regardless of whether Musk can achieve this goal by the end of this year, from the current luxury electric vehicle market alone, Tesla is undoubtedly the most successful.

Whether it’s the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, the Audi E-Tron GT, or the latest Mercedes-Benz EQS580, its paper data lags behind Model S Plaid by a lot. Traditional car manufacturers want to catch up with Tesla, except Technical breakthroughs also need to let go of their arrogance.

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