Upcoming 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+: spy shots

Tyler Heatley

15 Oct 2021

Is this the cancelled Tesla Model S Plaid+ testing at the Nurburgring? We hope so.

> Cancelled Plaid+ model might be set to return

> Fastest Model S

> YesAuto’s spy shots caught test mule lapping the Nurburgring

> Prices expected to be around £131,000

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2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+: what is it?

The world got very excited about the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+ when it was announced. This fastest-ever variant of the BMW M5 rival boasted serious power, next-gen battery tech, and performance to seriously shame supercars. However, the plug was unceremoniously pulled by Elon Musk as he stated that the regular Plaid was more than good enough.

Well, this prototype has been spied at the Nurburgring with active aero, something not on the regular Model S Plaid. There’s also a set of sizeable carbon stoppers on this car that would also suggest that Tesla are benchmarking something more than just the up and coming Plaid car.

Watch this space.

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+: what is it powered by?

Considering that the project was officially cancelled, we’re going to have to go off of the original specifications that were published. That means Tesla’s new tri-motor system that puts a pair of electric motors at the rear and one upfront for all-wheel drive traction.

Performance from these motors could be mighty impressive with the original release stating a 0-62mph time of less than 1.9 seconds via some 1,100bhp. Also impressive is the new battery tech that allows for a range of up to 520 miles.

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2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+: when will it be on sale?

Will it ever be on sale? Officially speaking, this car was killed off by the boss himself. That said, what on Earth could the pictured car be if not a Plaid+ model?

We’d guess that if this was to be some sort of surprise reveal, mid-2022 would be a realistic timeframe.

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2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+: how much will it cost?

Going by what was previously stated, a 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+ could set you back £130,980. No small chunk of change, but then it would arguably be one of the most advanced EV powertrains in the world. 

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Tyler Heatley

15 Oct 2021