Plaid vs Plaid: How Much More Faster Is The Model S Plaid Over The Plaid SUV?
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Plaid vs Plaid: How Much More Faster Is The Model S Plaid Over The Plaid SUV?

A real world test of how two of the most extreme Teslas differ for outright speed

Now for this one, you don’t have to be a nerd to figure out that the Model S Plaid has an edge here. That is a fact. Not only is the sedan lighter than the Model X Plaid, but it is also far more aerodynamic. We need no CD values to confirm that. Just looking at the two vehicles is sufficient.

Plaid vs Plaid: How Much More Faster Is The Model S Plaid Over The Plaid SUV?
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’PLAID’, it is a term that has now taken on a whole new meaning, thanks to Tesla

With that out of the way, I’m sure that some of you out there might still want to know just how much faster is the sedan over the SUV in the real world. Well, YouTuber, Parker Nirenstein of Vehicle Virgins has you covered, as he recently got the chance to pit the two Plaids against each other. Let’s look at some numbers.

Tesla Model X Plaid vs Tesla Model S Plaid

Plaid vs Plaid: How Much More Faster Is The Model S Plaid Over The Plaid SUV?
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A Plaid version of the Model X was bound to become a reality at some point. Well, here we are, fresh off the line for 2022. Now, unlike the Model S Plaid, Tesla didn’t really shout about the arrival of its latest vehicle to receive the full Plaid treatment. There’s not much to differentiate the Plaid from the outgoing model, barring a few subtle tweaks on the bodywork, that Yoke. and a new infotainment screen.

Plaid vs Plaid: How Much More Faster Is The Model S Plaid Over The Plaid SUV?
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The Model S Plaid has been a smash hit ever since it hit the road in June last year, but now, the Plaid range is spreading to other Models in the Tesla lineup

Otherwise, it’s business as usual with the gull-wing doors and any Model X owner would feel right at home. Having said that, things have changed significantly under the skin, with the biggest one being the Model X now borrowing the Model S Plaid’s powertrain.


It features the same tri-motor, with an all-wheel-drive setup that produces 1020 horsepower and 1050 pound-feet of torque. The SUV is about 700 pounds heavier than the sedan, tipping the scales at 5,594 pounds.

The Races

Plaid vs Plaid: How Much More Faster Is The Model S Plaid Over The Plaid SUV?
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This is the new Tesla Model X Plaid. A new super SUV with ballistic performance. ’Parker Nirenstein’ of ’Vehicle Virgins’ recently go to pit the two Plaids against each other

Now Tesla claims a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. But, Parker was able to clock an even faster time of 2.3 seconds. While these performance numbers are pretty phenomenal, especially for what essentially is a family hauler, how does it stack up against the Model S Plaid in real life?

Well, long story short, after three standing starts and two roll races, it’s no surprise that the sedan came out on top, but not by much. You can watch the video for yourself to see how close the two Plaids run.

To Sum It Up


As Parker himself put it, you don’t really need 1000 horsepower machines to take you and the dog to the shops. But, electric motors do make those kinds of biblical numbers accessible to a larger audience and frankly, these two vehicles will give Zillion dollar supercars and hypercars a run for their money.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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