When you think of the fastest accelerating cars in the world, what comes to mind? The likes of Bugatti Chiron SS 300+, all the badass Koenigseggs, and of course the new wave of all-electric hypercars like the Pininfarina Battista and Rimac Nevera. The thing is, it’s supercars and hypercars that seem capable of making the list.
Well, Tesla is here to break the norm and have us scratching our heads because their very simple appearance You’re here The Model X Plaid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, and it’s a six-seater SUV! Forget the Lamborghini Urus or the Aston Martin DBX 707, this eggshell-looking family SUV is what you should be afraid of in a drag race! All this is possible thanks to the magic of electric motors, three of them to be precise.
Interestingly, the “Plaid” name is becoming as revered as the likes of Dodge’s “Demon” and Chevy’s “Exorcist.” If this SUV hasn’t blown you away yet, then let us put it this way. The Tesla Model X Plaid, a comfortable family SUV, puts the McLaren Senna to shame in a 0-100 km/h sprint and makes the Ferrari SF90 Stradale sweat hard!
The 2022 Tesla Model X Plaid shows us that you don’t need Italian drama or English luxury to stand out; doing 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds will be enough!
The 2022 Tesla Model X plaid is surprisingly fast
Tesla claims the 2022 Model X Plaid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds. But it is Tesla who is humble! In a real-world test by YouTube channel DragTimes, the lowly Model X Plaid was able to hit the 60 mph mark in just 2.3 seconds, and the quarter-mile came in 9.75 seconds.
And everything was in stock form. The only advantage he had was with the track which was of course sticky. Technically, this also makes the Model X Plaid SUV as fast as the Bugatti Chiron and even the Dodge Demon. Where is the world?!
The Model X Plaid is the most powerful SUV in the world
All of those crazy numbers are down to three motors neatly tucked away on the Model X Plaid axle. These motors produce a combined power of 1,020 hp to all four wheels, drawing their energy from a large 100 kWh battery. The power unit is surely capable of doing over 200 mph, but the hardware limitations of the Model X Plaid push things to the absolute limit. But that doesn’t matter because you’d be praying for this thing to go slow on public roads!
Also, don’t be intimidated by the insane horsepower numbers and think it’s made for the racetrack. Tesla, with the magic of clever software, managed to tame this beast and even return an impressive range of up to 333 miles, according to the EPA. In other words, the Model X Plaid is more efficient than the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Nissan Ariya and BMW i4; none of which contain even half the power of the Tesla!
Tesla Model X Plaid is the yoke of the city
Tesla gave the Model X Plaid the same interior layout as the Model S Plaid, including the controversial steering yoke. It looks cool and futuristic, but it’s disappointing in handling. Not everything has to be reinvented and the yoke is a perfect example. We understand this is a Tesla trick to further its autonomous ideology, but come on man! Don’t start with cars that have over 1,000 horsepower. Apart from the steering, everything else was fine tuned.
The Model X Plaid is only offered in a six-seat variant with sports captain’s chairs for the second row as well, to keep occupants firmly in place, if and when the driver decides to spin this hyper SUV. Plus, it comes with a standard trailer hitch that can let you tow up to 5,000 pounds. As for the tech, the dashboard is redesigned from last year’s model and gets a fresher and wider 17-inch landscape touchscreen. There’s also a secondary screen for the rear passengers with wireless controller connectivity for playing games, of course!
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Any faults aside, credit should be given where it is due. It was Tesla and Elon Musk who helped lead the electric revolution that provides us with exciting cars and even more exciting new automakers. We wouldn’t have Rivian and Lucid without Tesla.
First, Tesla succeeded in popularizing electric vehicles and helping to dispel the range anxiety that kept many people from getting electric vehicles in the first place. And now they’re pushing the boundaries of performance without sacrificing practicality. We’re sure the Model X Plaid will spawn a new wave of hyper SUVs that are also incredibly practical for everyday use.
Only Another Nasty All-Electric SUV Can Topple Model X Poster
Currently, the Tesla Model X Plaid enjoys a monopoly because no other vehicle can match its performance and practicality quotient in one. And it will be just another all-electric SUV that topples the Model X Plaid. And the first teaser of it has already been presented in the form of the 900 hp Lotus Electre SUV.
Let’s also not forget that Lucid also plans to enter this segment with its next Gravity SUV. The quiet world of electric cars is sure to make a lot of noise! But until then, it’s the 2022 Tesla Model X Plaid that remains at the top of this nasty list.
Sources: Tesla.com, Insideevs.com, Teslaoracle.com
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