Tesla Model S Plaid is the fastest production car ever. Your views?

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  1. car enthusiast 55

    car enthusiast 55 New Member

    Tesla model s plaid has broken all previous records of production cars and electric cars. Do you think there is any car out there that can beat Tesla??
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  3. The real question is why would anyone want to buy a car like that? You can only over compensate so much...
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  4. The same people who would purchase BMW i4 M50, Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT. Not everyone wants a boring SUV/Crossover.
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  5. At least those cars also come with some comfort, luxury interior/features and ride quality. All that Tesla has is raw power. Doesn't even have Android Auto or Carplay. So very much doubt if German luxury car owners would be so quick to buy such an expensive Tesla, or even lust for one, just for 1 less second to get to 60 mph.
  6. Bruce M.

    Bruce M. Active Member

    I can't imagine anyone needing a car this fast except as compensation for miniature-sized genitalia.
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  8. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber

    If you want lane choice, this would be a good start. My 2019 STD Rng Plus Model 3 does this everyday … in Chill mode.

    I’m not in the market for another EV. Perhaps when my wife’s 2014 BMW i3-REx gives up the ghost.

    Bob Wilson
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  9. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber

    Upon further review:
    • LiON 12V battery - saves weight and due to improved BMS, longer life than lead-acid expected.
    • Yoke steering wheel - minimizes blocking the above steering shaft display
    • User Interface - appears to be more designed to use the screen estate
    There may be others in addition to the significant drivetrain improvements. Carbon fiber wrapped rotor leads to higher efficiency across all speed ranges with peak rpm ~20,000. Also, there has been a significant flattening of the power curve at higher speed.

    Bob Wilson
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  10. gooki

    gooki Well-Known Member

    Only Tesla will beat Tesla.
  11. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber

    Which Tesla seems to do continuously. Sandy Monro has seen significant changes throughout the year.
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  13. I'm warming up to it. Even the yoke steering thingy. Yeah, it's quicker than supercars, but it's also a great evolution of the Tesla interior esthetic and UI. Found this video pretty informative and a decent watch. It's still not perfect -- but it's a pretty great improvement over the previous Model S. One thing not touched on in the video: faster charging.

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  14. Also like the new interior. Would be happy even with the Long Range version 2021_Tesla_Model_S_17.jpeg
    Three Displays
    With 2200x1300 resolution, ultra-bright colors and exceptional responsiveness, the new center display is an ideal touchscreen for entertainment and gaming anywhere. A second display in front of the driver shows various vehicle information, and a third display provides entertainment and controls for rear passengers.

    1. Acceleration 0-100 km/h
    Long Range 3.2 s
    Plaid 2.1 s*
    1. Range
    Long Range 652 kilometers
    Plaid 628 kilometers
    1. Top Speed
    Long Range 250 km/h
    Plaid 322 km/h
    1. Drivetrain
    Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive
    Plaid Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive
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  15. mmalc Crawford

    mmalc Crawford New Member

    For me there's perhaps some irony seeing that from MiataDan.

    Years ago I really enjoyed my Miata. It didn't have the fastest acceleration of its peers, and it didn't have the highest top speed. But it was designed and engineered to be fun to drive.

    Not having a 0-60 time under 3 seconds does't make a vehicle boring.

    I can perhaps understand there being a benefit to producing such a vehicle in terms of "halo marketing", but in general the fixation on acceleration and speed seems to me to be ill-placed.
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  16. @miatadan has also owned numerous Mustangs, I recently learned, so he's not just about (automotive) finesse.
  17. " Not having a 0-60 time under 3 seconds does't make a vehicle boring " but poor driving dynamics from FWD design, or being designed as Suv/crossover normally means handling will not be the same as a car. I did prefer my Miata's over the Mustang's I had because they were more fun to drive.

  18. GaryClark

    GaryClark Active Member

    It's missing 130 miles of range Elon said it would have. How is that; "just that good?"​
    That's 25% of its range just forgotten to have been promise in Plaid. Who cares about tenths of seconds to sixty or a car length or two on a drag strip? Plaid Plus was introduced long after the acclaimed 520+ miles so where is Plaids range?

    Is 390 "just that good" and has anybody bothered to demonstrate it being achieved? No doubt you can loose your license in less than 1.5 seconds - 4 seconds on most public streets/highways depending on the speed limit but can you make it 390 miles down that highway at 70MPH?
  19. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber

    Then buy a Leaf and we'll both be happy. There is no requirement that what you 'want' matches Tesla specs. You won't be buying one and that is a good thing. Those who appreciate the vehicle will.

    Bob Wilson
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2021

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