Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) has finally started shipping the world's fastest car to date, and some features have surprised fans of the automaker …
Free book preview
This book gives you the essential guide to easy-to-understand tips and strategies to achieve greater financial success.
Read for 3 minutes
This story originally appeared on ValueWalk
Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) has finally started shipping the world's fastest car to date, and some features have surprised fans of the automaker. The company shipped 25 Model S plaid sedans at an event held at its Fremont, Calif., Plant on Thursday and promised to accelerate the pace of deliveries in the coming weeks and months.
Hedge fund letters, conferences, and more in the first quarter of 2021
Tesla delivers the first Model S plaids
The Model S plaid starts at $ 129,990 after a $ 10,000 hike, though Tesla said existing orders would be honored at the lower price. The car has a tri-motor drivetrain with one electric motor in the front and two in the rear, producing up to 1,020 horsepower. The automaker touts the Plaid variant of the Model S as the most powerful sedan available today.
Tesla claims the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in less than 2 seconds and travel a quarter mile in 9.23 seconds. If these numbers are correct, they would be records for production cars. The automaker also said the Model S Plaid could reach a top speed of 200 mph.
The car has a stated range of 390 miles when fully charged, and it only takes 15 minutes to charge at a Tesla Supercharger station to charge the battery with 187 miles of range. The automaker had been working on a Plaid + variant of the car that would have had even more power and a range of 520 miles. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last week that they canceled the Plaid + because the plaid was "just so good".
Tesla will also offer a slower, long-range variant of the Model S with twin engines that can travel 612 miles on a full charge. The car will start at $ 79,990 and deliveries will begin later.
Surprises in the Model S plaid
The plaid version of the Model S has a completely new interior with touchscreens for the front and rear seats. According to Musk, it also has an infotainment system powered by an AMD Ryzen processor that is on par with the PlayStation 5. He showed the system on which the game Cyberpunk 2077 is running.
Musk said during the delivery event last night: "There has never been a car with the latest computer technology and state-of-the-art infotainment that is literally on par with a PlayStation 5." He emphasized that the system has a high frame rate and can run 60 frames per second. Passengers can also connect wireless gaming controllers to the system via Bluetooth.
The Model S Plaid also has a rectangular steering wheel with no stems on the column. The driver controls the indicators and lights using thumb controls on the spokes. The car also features the latest version of the automaker's full self-driving system, which uses eight cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors for partial driving automation.
Tesla is part of the Entrepreneur Index, which tracks 60 of the largest listed companies that are managed by their founders or their founding families.