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Tesla Model S and Model X new hot Plaid series

The Tesla Model S and Model X is ushering in a radical new-look interior and the long-awaited Plaid performance.

This new arrivals were shown in Tesla's fourth-quarter earnings report, in which it also revealed that it had delivered 180750 cars in the last three months of 2020 a conforming record for the company.

The Model S Plaid in red.

The Model S Plaid and Model X Plaid has a 1006bhp from a tri-motor electric powertrain, the Model S claimed 0-60mph time of 1.99sec, which is the first production car to complete the sprint in less than 2.0sec said Tesla boss Elon Musk.

The Model S Plaid will get from 0-155mph in a quarter of a mile and max out at 200mph "with the right tires," Musk added.

The Model S receives an 1100bhp Plaid+ flagship, which range up from an estimated 390 miles to more than 520 miles (on the US EPA test) - more than any EV currently in production - as well as cutting the 0-60mph time yet further.

The larger Model X Plaid takes 2.5sec to complete the 0-60mph sprint, but that still gives it the "quickest acceleration of any SUV".

Tesla describes the Plaid powertrain as "beyond ludicrous," in reference to the Ludicrous Mode function that gives its cars stand-out acceleration capabilities.

The new arrivals shows a new battery technology with improved range and efficiency. Precise technical details are yet to be confirmed, but new thermal architecture gives faster charging and gives "more power and endurance in all conditions".

The Model S Plaid interior.

The interiors of the latest two cars have been completely overhauled, with the old vertically oriented touchscreen making way for a new 17 inches widescreen unit that offers "exceptional responsiveness" and can be tilted from left to right to give easier access for passengers or drivers as needed.

There's also a new, separate 8.0in infotainment touchscreen mounted at the rear of the center console, giving back-seat passengers access to various entertainment and comfort functions.

The most noteworthy of the bunch is the introduction of a new steering wheel, the design that's seemingly modelled on those used to steer aircraft. Tesla calls it a "stalkless steering yoke," having done away with the conventional drive mode and indicator stalks, moving away these controls to the large new central touchscreen. The car "guesses drive direction based on what obstacles it sees, context and navigation map", according to Musk, but this can be manually overridden.

Software updates include the infotainment system being upgraded with a processing power of 10 teraflops, which means the Tesla Arcade gaming function is now comparable in terms of functionality with modern gaming consoles.

A 22-speaker, 960-watt audio system is equipped as standard and new microphones have been fitted to offer active noise-cancelling.

Plaid model starts at $US112,990 including potential incentives. That will get to 390 miles (628km) of range and a top speed of 200mph. The Plaid+ model which has a greater 520-mile range on a single charge comes at $US132,990. The company estimates it will be set for delivery late this year. The new Tesla Model X Plaid comes at $US113,190, inclusive of incentives.

The Model X Plaid in standard white.
The Plaid badge on the new Model X

The Plaid Model X interior

Deliveries will start around March, according to the company’s website.

Image Credits: Tesla

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