The Tesla Model S Poster has a multitude of attractive qualities. A powerful accelerationa advanced technologya lot of’space in the cabin and a sporty design. With a starting price of €138,990which is unquestionably high, many people argue that the Plaid still offers incredible value for moneygiven that it can outrun Supercars.
Nevertheless, as the American collector responsible for Vehicle Virgins has found, Parker Nirensteinthe automobile is not entirely flawless.
Before talking about the flaws of the Model S Plaid, Parker remarked that it was by far the best Tesla ever made and arguably best everyday car that we can buy. He then talked about his problems with the vehicle. It’s a fantastic vehicle because it’s fast, practical and packed with technology. On the other hand, nothing is perfect, and Plaid has a number of nasty issues that need to be addressed.
Points that should hold your attention
Steering Wheel Yoke
The first topic Parker tackles is the Yoke steering wheel. Even though he is simple to use and offers good driving on the highway, parking and navigating in confined areas can be a real challenge with this steering wheel.
When you place your hand on the steering wheel, as you normally would, you can see that there is nothing there. This can cause you to miss the steering wheel altogether. Also, if you have a tight steering angleit will be difficult for you to move the steering wheel.
Parker described it as odd, and he’s not the first to make this kind of criticism; other critics also expressed similar sentiments.
The position of the horn
On top of that, the positioning of the horn is really inconvenient. It is not located in the middle of the steering wheel but rather in the form of a small button at the top right of the bracket. The middle of the steering wheel is reserved for gear changes. During a sharp turn, you frequently run the risk of bumping into it accidentally.
The autonomy of the Plaid is another problem that Parker had to deal with. Although Tesla boasts that its cars can travel between 650 and 750 km (depending on the wheels chosen), the driver indicated that he averages 250 to 300 km per charge.
Although he claimed that he always drove the car in Plaid modehe felt that his actual range was not so impressive.
Along the same lines, he found that the many driving controls were difficult to use. He is impossible to visualize the menu to examine the different driving styles when the steering wheel is in its default position.
He is of the opinion that it would be wonderful to have a separate lever which could immediately put the car in Plaid mode. Also, activating launch control is a cumbersome process because you have to activate drag strip mode first, which can take two to ten minutesthen activate the cheetah position.
Too much similarity with the Tesla Model S?
Finally, Parker hates that the Model S Plaid looks so comparable to every other Model S.
He believes that the Model S was not significantly changed by the facelift. He considers that the Plaid model does not differ enough from the Model S Long Range which is about to be launched.
The Tesla Model S Plaid in a nutshell
- The Tesla Model S Plaid is the most powerful Tesla
- It is currently the only Tesla Model S available for purchase in France
- Total originality: Yoke steering wheel
- Autonomy: 600km WLTP
- Power: 1020 hp
- Autonomous driving
- Deliveries planned for the first quarter of 2023
This electric vehicle is expensive but relative to performance, it’s a bargain! For the original steering wheel, you will be able to change it thanks to the many accessories available after-sales.
In addition, many preparers have tackled this model given its price. You will certainly be able to have the power with the style that interests you.
Autonomy and charging
The Tesla Model s Plaid has a 99 kWh battery pack. We therefore recommend the installation of an 11 kW charging station installed by a certified professional. He will know how to integrate this terminal in your garage so that he can always travel or show the power of Plaid mode to your friends. You will regain 100% of your autonomy in 8 hours thanks to this terminal power. Enough, isn’t it?
The reinforced socket option does not seem relevant to us for a vehicle in this category.