The "quickest accelerating car in production today" may come with an adjustable wing.
We still don't know exactly when Tesla's long-awaited Model S Plaid will officially roll off the lot — but the hype couldn't be any higher.
The electric car enthusiasts at YouTube channel The Kilowatts spotted the latest high-performance version of the car company's best-selling electric sedan doing laps at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California.
According to a tweet by the channel, the racecar-red prototype was sporting an "adjustable wing built into the trunk" — another indication that Tesla is taking the relatively niche sports car segment very seriously with a space-age, pop-out spoiler.
— The Kilowatts 🚗⚡️ (@klwtts) May 14, 2021
It won't be the first sports car with a retractable spoiler. For instance, the spoiler on the Lamborghini Aventador pops up to aid in traction during high speed driving.
If the Model S Plaid's rumored lap times at Laguna Seca are anything go by, the vehicle will be extremely quick, being able to outcompete most of its class.
Tesla has been unusually tight-lipped about the Plaid and Plaid Plus+ variant, as Electrek points out.
As such, it's still very much unclear if the retractable spoiler will be part of the production version. There's a good chance we will hear from CEO Elon Musk about the vehicle in the coming months, according to PCMag.
Currently, the estimated delivery of the Plaid version is "August-September" according to the company's website, sporting a 0-100 km/h time of just 2.1 seconds — what it claims to be the "quickest accelerating car in production today" — and a lavish new spaceship-like interior.
All told, it's the latest evidence that with more and more major carmakers coming out with high-performance electric vehicles, Tesla will have to do even more in the future to differentiate itself from the competition.
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