Thu. May 26th, 2022

The hypercar-competing electric sedan starts from $ 219,646 Down Under.

William Davis

The world’s fastest production sedan – the Tesla Model S Plaid – can still be at least 18 months away from arriving at Australian showrooms, Drive understand.

While the manufacturer’s online configurator tool suggests that the high-performance electric vehicle is due by the end of 2022, when Drive anonymously contacted a Tesla service center, a representative said “at the moment it probably is not [going to happen]. ”

Other Tesla stores contacted by Drive noted that a delay had been discussed internally, but they said it had not yet been confirmed.

Priced from $ 219,646 before on-road costs and order / delivery fees (but including luxury car tax) locally, Plaid is currently Tesla’s most expensive model (but if built, the perpetually delayed Roadster will surely overtake it). The total number of current pre-orders in Australia is unknown.

Three independent electric motors — two on the rear axle and one on the front — send a total of 761kW / 1400Nm to all four wheels, making it more powerful than many petrol-powered hypercars.

This allows the 2162 kg vehicle to start from 0-100 km / h in 2.1 seconds (with one foot / 30 cm pull-strip roll-out pulled off). For reference, the $ 16 million W16-powered Bugatti Chiron takes 2.4 seconds — 14 percent longer than Plaid — to complete the same benchmark sprint.

The top speed in Tesla is electronically limited to 262 km / h so far with an update promised when new tires and wheels are fitted. A lithium-ion battery of approximately 100 kWh integrated into the floor allows a maximum range of 560 km between charges on the EPA’s test cycle.

The Long Range Model S and Model X SUVs — which start at $ 161,146 and $ 187,146 before cost on the road, respectively — reportedly remain on track for launch before the end of next year. Updated timing for $174,990 before costs on the way, the Model X Plaid is unclear, although the online configurator suggests that the first examples will also come at the end of 2022.

Tesla Australia declined to comment on expected arrival time. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

William Davis

William Davis has been writing for Drive since July 2020 and covers news and current affairs in the automotive industry. He has maintained a primary focus on industry trends, autonomous technology, electric vehicle regulations and local environmental policy. As the latest addition to the Drive team, William was brought on board for his attention to detail, writing skills and strong work ethic. Despite writing for a wide range of businesses – including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report and Property Observer – since graduating from Macquarie University, William has always had a passion for cars.

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