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Elon Musk says flagship, longest-range Tesla Model S Plaid+ is cancelled

The Model S range will instead be topped by the upcoming Plaid, due this week

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Tesla boss Elon Musk tweeted Sunday night to say the range-topping Model S Plaid+ has been cancelled, and instead the company will reveal just one new trim level, called Plaid, later this week.

The Plaid+ trim level has sat at the top of the Model S range since it was announced alongside the lesser Plaid version in January 2021.

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Due to be made available later this week, Plaid is priced from $118,490 and promises 390 miles of range, a 0-60mph time of 1.99 seconds and a top speed of 200mph. Plaid+ was due to be priced from $138,490 and offer a marginally quicker 0-60mph time and the same 200mph top speed, but with a much greater range of over 520 miles.

However, Musk says this car will no longer be happening. The Tesla CEO tweeted Sunday night: "Model S to go Plaid speed this week. Plaid+ is canceled. No need, as Plaid is just so good."

Musk added in a follow-up tweet: "0 to 60mph in under two seconds. Quickest production car ever made of any kind. Has to be felt to be believed."

It isn't clear if Musk means the 0-60 time has improved on Tesla's original 1.99 second claim. Croatian carmaker Rimac this month revealed the production version of its Nevera, an electric supercar with a claimed 0-60 time of 1.85 seconds.

Aside from acceleration, Tesla fans quickly questioned Musk on the superior range of the Plaid+. One customer, called Todd Wolven, tweeted: "Is this serious? I reserved a Plaid+ for the range increase. Not interested without the range."

Another potential customer, called Zac Hansen, tweeted: "This makes me super sad...and you had my $1,000 [Plaid+ deposit] for a year. Was really looking forward to this, held out through multiple offers for regular plaid and delays on Plaid+ because that's the one I really wanted. Really disappointed."

The Plaid+ trim level still appears on Tesla's website, but it has been greyed out for several weeks now. A screenshot tweeted by one customer suggested that Tesla's own customer service department was unaware of the apparent cancellation of Plaid+.

Hopefully the situation – and the true performance figures of the regular Model S Plaid – will be made clearer later this week.

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