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Tesla boss Elon Musk cancels plans for hypercar rivalling Model S Plaid Plus

  • Tesla cancels plans for range-topping Model S Plaid Plus
  • Ultra-powerful electric saloon was claimed to be able to produce up to 1,100bhp
  • Standard Plaid is ‘so good’ Elon Musk says there is ‘no need’ for the faster version

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Tesla has canned plans for an ultra powerful version of its Model S which would have delivered a rumoured 1,100bhp.

Called the Plaid Plus, the hypercar crushing electric model was deemed irrelevant as the standard forthcoming Model S Plaid was ‘so good’.

Boss Elon Musk revealed on social media that the Plaid Plus had been cancelled because there was simply ‘no need’ for it.


Rumoured to deliver a range of up to 520 miles of range, the Plaid Plus has been discontinued with the ‘regular’ Plaid model left on sale as the performance-focused Model S variant.

The Model S Plaid model packs a three-motor setup and has a starting price of £110,980.

Musk said that the standard car is capable of 0-60mph in ‘under 2 secs’ and will be the ‘quickest production car ever made of any kind’.

It has a 390-mile battery range, 1,020bhp and a top speed of more than 200mph.

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Musk said the Model S Plaid has to be ‘felt to be believed’ suggesting it ‘feels like a spaceship’.

Some buyers had already put their money down on a Plaid Plus and moaned to the Tesla boss that the range topping car had been cancelled.

In order for the Model S Plaid to take the title as the fastest-accelerating road car, it’ll have to beat the 0-60mph time of 1.85 seconds posted by the recently-revealed Rimac Nevera.

The Model S – Tesla’s largest saloon car – was given a significant update back in January, with highlights including a new 17-inch widescreen infotainment system and a second eight-inch touchscreen for those passengers sitting in the back.

The car also debuted a ‘stalkless steering yoke’ which, though deemed legal for use in the UK, can be replaced for a conventional steering wheel should the buyer prefer.

Deliveries of the new Model S are expected to start next year.

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James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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