The Tesla Model X Plaid, which debuted later and features a 1,020-horsepower tri-motor electric engine, has practically slipped under the spotlight because of that car’s record-breaking acceleration. Here’s a six-seater SUV that can go from zero to sixty in under 2.5 seconds. When the Tesla Model S Plaid sedan was released, it completely rewrote the performance rulebook – not just for sedans, but for everything. Even an Aston Martin DBX707 won’t be able to keep up with its combustion rivals at that speed, while the next Mercedes-AMG EQS SUV will be nearly modest on the electric front. Despite its incredible power and performance for a large SUV, the Tesla Model X Plaid still has a range of over 300 miles.
This year’s Model X Plaid hasn’t altered much. The range of the Plaid has been reduced somewhat, to 333 miles on 20-inch wheels, down from 340 miles previously. Aside from that, the SUV’s remarkable acceleration and odd yoke steering wheel continue to set it apart from the competition.
The exterior of Tesla Model X Plaid
Given that the Model X has been on the market for seven years, the basic design has held up exceptionally well. With a recent redesign and a few sporty add-ons like those 20-inch Cyberstream wheels, the Tesla Model X Plaid is a very stylish SUV. LED lighting and flush-fitting door handles are pleasant touches, and while some may find the Model X’s clean looks unappealing, it’s just this approach that has kept it fresh. The rear spoiler is active, and the normal wheels can be replaced with 22-inch Turbine wheels, albeit this reduces the range. The Falcon Wings doors are the Model X’s show-stopper, and they still get a lot of attention when they’re unlocked.
Tesla provides approximate Model X proportions based on a vehicle with 20-inch wheels. The SUV is 199.1 inches long, 89.4 inches wide (including the mirrors), and 66.1 inches tall in this configuration. The wheelbase is 116.7 inches long. The Model X Plaid weighs 5,390 pounds due to its large dimensions and heavy batteries. The limited color pallet that Tesla is known for also applies to its premium SUV. The only free option is Pearl White, while $1,500 gets you Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, or Deep Blue Metallic. Red Multi-Coat is the final color option. While we think the quickest-accelerating SUV deserves something a little more flashy than Tesla’s customary stealthy design, we think the quickest-accelerating SUV needs something a little showier. The Model X Plaid looks faster in red with black Turbine wheels, albeit not quite as fast as it is.
Interior of Tesla Model X Plaid
Tesla has just made a few tweaks to the Model X’s interior. The installation of the odd yoke steering wheel is one of them. Meanwhile, the touchscreen now has a landscape arrangement. The Model X is only available as a six-seater in Plaid form. The vehicle’s Falcon Wing doors and expanded windscreen make it feel futuristic even after all these years. The lack of tactile controls is a step too far, but for anyone who despises clutter and prefers a minimalist home design, this is it. Although some of the inside materials are pleasant, alert drivers and passengers will notice the occasional misaligned piece of trim, which you would be hard-pressed to discover in a German SUV of comparable price.
Some of the standard features include heated seats for all occupants, tri-zone climate control, and auto-closing/opening front doors. The Model X’s six seats are plush and attractively upholstered in leather. Six-footers will find plenty of legroom and headroom in both the front rows, and you can easily access the third row by stepping between the two separate second-row seats. The third row is suitable for children, but taller adults will find it claustrophobic, and the intricate rear door mechanics will limit headroom. The Falcon Wing rear doors make an access and egress simple, but you’ll need to be careful if you’re opening them in a garage with a low-hanging light. The panoramic windscreen improves visibility.
Features of Tesla Model X Plaid
Tesla isn’t recognized for having a lot of options or packages, but it doesn’t imply everything is standard. Automatic front door closing and opening, a location-aware automatic garage door opener, a phone key, and heated side mirrors with power-folding and auto-dimming functions add to the convenience of the driver. Everyone in the vehicle has a heated seat, and those in the front get seat ventilation for hot days. Also featured is a heated steering wheel. A tri-zone climate control system keeps the cabin at a comfortable temperature, and second-row passengers can regulate their zone via a second-row touchscreen. Front seats with power adjustments are also included.
Tesla’s hit-or-miss approach For semi autonomous driving, the Autopilot suite employs a number of sensors and cameras. Automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning
Engine and Performance of Tesla Model X Plaid
The Tesla Model X Plaid has three independent electric motors, just like the Model S Plaid. Tesla claims that each motor’s carbon fiber-sleeved rotor maintains peak output all the way up to the SUV’s top speed. Aside from the rapid torque, the 1,020 horsepower puts this car among the most powerful on the road. The massive power is delivered via a direct-drive transmission. The power dominates the driving experience, squeezing you and your five passengers into the seatbacks whenever it accelerates. Sitting higher up than in the Model S Plaid only adds to the sense of invulnerability. The Plaid has no problem speeding from one traffic signal to the next, passing at even higher speeds, or transporting six people and their belongings.
Such kind of acceleration never ceases to astonish, no matter how many times you witness it. The Plaid’s ability to silently smash some supercars is incredible. The roar of a V8 from the tailpipes of a Lamborghini Urus may not be as thrilling to the senses as the roar of a V8 from the tailpipes of a Lamborghini Urus, but that doesn’t take away from the Plaid’s sparkle. The electric Lotus Eletre will be comparably quick when it arrives, but for then, the Tesla Model X Plaid stands alone. You can tow up to 5,000 pounds if you aren’t concerned about range.
Pricing of Tesla Model X Plaid
The Tesla Model X Plaid was priced at $138,990 at the time of publication. However, given Tesla’s continued price hikes, it appears that the Plaid will soon eclipse the $140,000 threshold. This pricing does not include a $1,200 destination fee.