- Aug 24, 2020
Ha, beautifully said.All Tesla did yesterday was add a Plaid tab to the Model S order screen. None of the graphics changed. The wheel/tire options, the color choices, the interior options are all identical whether selecting the Long Range, Performance, or Plaid versions. The dash layout of the Plaid is the same one that's been around since 2012. There are no aero-enhancements shown. Either the Plaid is going to be visually identical to the current Model S, or this was a hurry-up maneuver to counter something that happened unexpectedly. (Now what could that be . . . ?)
Lucid announced a 517-mile range based on credible FEV testing by a third party. Tesla gave an "estimated" range of 520+ miles, based on nothing.
Lucid announced a 9.912 second quarter mile based on electronic track times observed by several journalists. Tesla gave a vague quarter mile time of "under 9.0 seconds", based on nothing.
Lucid announced a sub-2.5-second 0-60 time based on electronic track times observed by several journalists. Tesla gave a "sub-2.0-second" time, based on nothing.
I am pretty sure we would have heard nothing at Battery Day about the Model S Plaid had Lucid not put out the tri-motor teaser the day before. The Plaid has been in development for well over a year. If they are now taking actual orders for it without revealing specific performance information as they do on all the other models on their configurator, it means the Plaid program is not yet where Tesla wants/needs it to be in light of Lucid's recent arrival on the scene.
In that sense, the Plaid announcement yesterday was a vaporware release and nothing more.
Don’t get me wrong, I hope it’s as advertised, with a secret more luxurious redesign of the S that allows that model to have a place in the product offerings. They’ve actually been working on it since before September, but can’t show it as to not discourage current sales until they can implement new production lines.