It has now been a few days since Elon Musk presented the all-new Tesla Model S Plaid at a special event. A particularly anticipated event since it was the launch of this extraordinary new car, 5 months after the opening of orders. On stage, Elon Musk wasted no time and began by praising the impressive performance of this new generation Model S.
As a reminder, the Model S Plaid shoots down from 0 to 96 km / h in 1.99 seconds. It is therefore the fastest production car on the year of all production cars in history. On top of that, this car is said to be able to reach a top speed of 200 mph, or 321 km / h. At least that’s what Elon Musk promised. In fact, when we go to the Tesla site and configure our Model S in a Plaid version, it is specified: “The maximum speed put forward for the Plaid model requires appropriate rims and tires, which will be available in the fall of 2021.”
Tesla does not say the real reason …
If Tesla uses this excuse to justify the impossibility of reaching the top speed mentioned, the real one would not actually be this one. When you configure your Model S Plaid, the Tesla website offers you the option of adding the Arachnid 21 ″ rims with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, which according to the manufacturer can reach 321 km / h. However, this configuration allows “simply” to reach 262 km / h. We are therefore still far from 321 km / h. The standard Tempest 19 ″ wheels mean that they can reach around 262 km / h.
It is impossible to know why Tesla refuses to announce that it is simply a problem with the software and that an upcoming update will fix this inconvenience. An inconvenience which, moreover, is not of crucial importance since even in Germany there are very few sections of road which allow such a speed to be reached.