Here’s How Quickly the Tesla Model S Plaid Accelerates on the Street


Here’s How Quickly the Tesla Model S Plaid Accelerates on the Street

The Tesla Model S Plaid is one of the quickest accelerating vehicles to ever grace our roadways. With 1020 hp and 1050 lb-ft of torque on tap from Tesla’s first tri-motor vehicle, MotorTrend was able to verify a 0-60 mph sprint of just 1.98 seconds at the drag strip. That’s impressive stuff regardless of the prepped surface, but we now have a chance to watch a Tesla Model S Plaid attempt to recreate the feat on a normal street.

The sticky situation surrounding MotorTrend’s test of the Model S Plaid was admittedly the result of Tesla making strict demands, but that hasn’t stopped people from calling the results invalid. As understandable as that hesitancy is, Brooks Weisblat of DragTimes has decided to prove Tesla’s initial claims aren’t that far-fetched. Weisblat went ahead and purchased one of these battery-powered dragsters himself, and installed his own GPS performance data recorder to find out just how quick the car is in the real world. Thankfully for all of us, he did so on video.

Just past the seven-minute mark of the clip, the acceleration testing takes place. With an empty stretch of highway and a GPS installed in the car, Weisblat put the hammer down. His first sprint to 60 mph was over in just 2.21 seconds, before finishing the quarter-mile in 9.23 seconds at 152.69 mph. The second pass netted a 0-60 sprint of just 2.14 seconds, while a third run was timed at 2.16 seconds. With the GPS software accounting for the industry-standard one-foot rollout, that final pass netted an adjusted 0-60 mph time of just 1.99 seconds. For those keeping score, that’s a single tenth of a second behind what MotorTrend accomplished on a super sticky drag strip. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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