Tesla Model S Plaid Reaches 175 MPH, Dethroning Lucid Air Dream Edition
We just saw a video of a Tesla Model S Plaid that reached a top speed of 175 MPH (miles per hour). This is faster than the previous top speed for the Model S Plaid, which used to be 163 MPH. This is a decent increase in speed of over 7%.
The Lucid Air Dream Edition, of which there was only just over 100 built, has a top speed of 168 MPH. That speed, and the vehicle, have been dethroned by Tesla now. How did Tesla pull this off?
The second is running Track Mode. This allows a Tesla owner to push their Model S Plaid to the limit and reach a higher top speed once they are on a race track. I'm sure we'll see more videos of Tesla Model S Plaid vehicles racing to see if 175 MPH is indeed the top limit, or if more can be done. If I know Tesla, they will keep allowing higher speeds. After all, the Model S Plaid has a stated top speed of 200 MPH with hardware upgrades.
The video below, from Carmine's Import Service showed a Tesla Model S Plaid with 21 inch wheels. They mentioned that even the 19 inch wheels from Tesla should be able to do 175 MPH. They also said that the brakes feel different overall regardless if the car is in track mode or not - close to the Model 3 Performance.
How Much More Speed Will Tesla Add?
If Tesla added 7% to the Model S Plaid in speed in about half a year, then I'd expect that again in another half a year. I think it's reasonable for Tesla to get to close to 200 MPH within the next year or two. Or Tesla may allow the speed via a software update sooner than that - it all depends on safety and testing.
Some of the top speeds of Tesla's other vehicles are as follows:
Model 3 Performance: 162 MPH
Model 3 Long Range: 145 MPH
Model 3 Rear Wheel: 140 MPH
Model Y Long Range: 135 MPH
Model Y Performance: 155 MPH
Model S All-Wheel: 155 MPH
Model S Plaid: 200 MPH *
There is a * by the said 200 MPH for the Tesla Model S Plaid saying that paid hardware upgrades are required to reach that speed. From what I've read, there are certain wheels and tires that will enable the Model S Plaid to reach a speed of 200 MPH.
Software has limited the vehicle to 163 MPH - again, probably for safety reasons. It will be interesting to see when people are able to hit 200 MPH. Tesla would probably release a software update when that is safe to do - and probably have something that checks the tires and wheels to ensure that it is safe to do so with very clear instructions and warnings.
What did Tesla do to get the Model S Plaid to a 175 MPH top speed? Will the Lucid Air Dream Edition be upgraded to beat Tesla?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.