The Model S and Model X Plaid Could sport a battery much larger the Tesla Model S P110D

The Tesla Model S Plaid tore around Laguna Seca in just 1:36.555 and is slated to be the fastest and most powerful version of the Tesla Model S, effectively dethroning the Model S P100D. The Model X will also get the same treatment and, while we know the Model S and Model X Plaid models will be more powerful – and faster – we’ve been left in the dark in terms of battery size, at least until now, as Elon Musk has confirmed that Plaid models will, in fact, feature a larger battery. In fact, they will sort the largest battery to ever grace Tesla’s lineup.

The Model S and Model X Plaid Could Have A Huge Battery Pack

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The range-topping Model S and Model X P100D feature 100 kWh battery packs and deliver about 794 horsepower and 1,013 pound-feet of torque. With the Plaid models offering up more horsepower and torque, we’ve been expecting a larger battery as well.

We don’t know what kind of power the Plaid models will deliver, but Musk has confirmed via Twitter (of course) that the Plaid models will have larger batteries

Naturally, he hasn’t gone into specifics, but there is a theory, according to Inside EVs, that the Model S and Model X Plaid will feature a 120 kWh battery – exactly 20 kWh more than the range-topping Model S P100D. What everyone seems to be forgetting, however, is that

the 2020 Tesla Roadster will have a 200-kWh battery, and it’s entirely possible that the same battery will be found in the Model S and Model X Plaid.

That would be literally double the battery size of the P100D, and it would be able to account for more power and, probably, even longer range.

How Much Power Does the Tesla Model S Plaid Have?

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As of now, there’s no word as to how much power the Model S Plaid actually delivers, but the 2020 Tesla Roadster has a claimed torque output of damn near 7,400 pounds to go with its 200-kWh battery.

Musk has remained quiet on horsepower, but the point is that if Musk has used the same battery and motors from the Roadster in the Plaid, we could be looking at supercar-like levels of power output. Even if output is cut down significantly from the new roadster, more than 1,300 horsepower and 1,800 pound-feet of torque aren’t out of the question.

On that note, if Tesla has gone with a revised version of the Model S’ current battery pack, upgrading it to 120 kWh, then You can expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 horsepower and maybe 1,300 pound-feet of torque, 206 ponies and 287 pound-feet more than the P100D that’s on the market right now.

When Does the Tesla Model S and Model X Plaid Go on Sale?

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Right now, Musk has remained rather reserved on expectations, saying only that production could start sometime in late 2020 – probably in October or November.

Of course, Tesla rarely meets its original expectations, so we’re not holding too much hope. Be that as it may, if production of the Model S Plaid really does start in late 2020, you can expect it to go on sale before 2021. The Model X Plaid will likely go into production about a year after the Model S. We expect pricing for the Model S Plaid to fall somewhere in the $120,000 to $130,000 range, but it could end up being even more expensive if it really does feature that 200 kWh battery pack.

Robert Moore
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