Tesla Model S Plaid Is World’s Fastest Mass-Production Vehicle with 0-60 mph Time of 1.96s

Tesla Model S Plaid Is World’s Fastest Mass-Production Vehicle with 0-60 mph Time of 1.96s

Photo: Stefan Baldauf

2020 has been a transformative year for Tesla. Despite unforeseen global challenges, the company has outpaced many of the trends seen in other sectors of the industry, and has significantly increased production, profitability, and cash generation. In addition, the company has completed development and begun production of the updated Model S and Model X, which have a new Plaid configuration.

Tesla revamped its Fremont plant in December 2020, and began production of the new Model S and Model X in January. These changes include new powertrains (battery modules, battery packs, and drive units), a completely new interior, exterior updates, and other improvements.

In January, Tesla CEO Elon Musk joined Joe Rogan on the JRE Podcast and discussed a variety of topics including Model S Plaid. He said that the company was testing a new car and they were able to get it to do 0-60 mph in just 1.96 seconds. However, he did not specify whether it was a Model S Plaid or Plaid +.

"The new Model S which ships next month we tested on the Motortrend spec and the 0-60 is 1.96 seconds."

Musk stressed that such acceleration is critical in daily driving conditions and can save valuable time, for example, when crossing an intersection. It's also ideal for overtaking traffic on intercity roads, especially when there is only one lane each way and every second saved can make a difference.

Tesla Model S on the Nordschleife track

In addition, Musk said that on the Nürburgring, Tesla is trying to achieve lap times of less than 7 minutes, and believes that with some improvements, they will be able to achieve this. If this result is achieved, the Model S will enter the Top 10 records on the track.

So far, the fastest car to complete the Nürburgring lap is the Lamborghini Aventador LP770-4 SVJ (2018) with a lap time of 06:45.0. However, it's worth noting that it costs more than $500,000 and is not a mass-production car like any other from the Top 10 car.s

Source: Nurburgring lap times

This is exactly what qualitatively distinguishes Model S from any other record holder from the list. The Model S is the fastest mass-produced car in the world, and achieves top-notch speed test results with only the equipment that comes standard with it. Meanwhile, other cars that are in mass production and perform well on the Nürburgring are usually equipped with additional equipment to achieve this. When purchasing such a car, you will receive only its basic equipment.

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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