It's more than just three motors.
Tesla has already confirmed that both the Model S and Model X will get high-performance Plaid variants in the future, with the first expected to be the Plaid Model S later this year, but now we've learned of another Plaid Tesla in the works.
Though some thought Musk was simply referring to the tri-motor variant of the Cybertruck with his Plaid reference, Musk later confirmed that to be untrue. Musk suggested that Plaid will be more than just tri-motor:
So, what's the "bit more to it" then? Our guess is that it will be the trim-motor Cybertruck with some software-unlocked features that increase power and help the Cybertruck get a 0 to 60 MPH time in the mid-2-second range, rather than 2.9 as listed for the standard tri-motor variant. This enhanced power would help it to easily out tug the Ford F-150 too. Additional features could include a firmed up sportier suspension (or settings, at least) and some wheels and tires with performance (not off-roading) being the focus.
Think of the Plaid Cybertruck as an on-street dominator and not a hardcore off-roader. And this makes sense because, let's be honest, how often do any of us go hardcore off-roading?
That's our take on the Plaid Cybertruck and you can watch the video for the viewpoints presented by That Electric Car Show. Then, let us know in comments your thoughts on the Plaid Cybertruck.
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What the Hell is Plaid Mode in Tesla Cybertruck?
Elon Musk hinted that the Tesla Cybertruck would have Plaid Mode for max acceleration. Thus far, the only Tesla cars expected to have Plaid Mode were the Model S and next-gen Roadster.
Elon Musk dropped a hint about Tesla’s Plaid Cybertruck in a tweet from Tesla’s Pope of Muskanity—whose name is a play on the idea that TSLA supporters act like a cult. The Tesla pope posed a difficult puzzle in his tweet, asking how he could convince his lady to agree to a Cybertruck.
The Tesla CEO quickly replied to the Pope of Muskanity, tweeting, “You may return the vehicle for a full refund in the unlikely event that it causes domestic discord.” He also replied to @Sofiaan’s tweet, saying: “Plaid Cybertruck is what I will drive.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk first said that the Tesla Model S with a “Plaid” powertrain and new rear-facing seats is coming in Oct/Nov 2020.
After the most recent testing, now the CEO says that it is coming next summer.
The next-gen Roadster is expected to also get Tesla’s new 3-motor Plaid powertrain, but it should come after the new version of the Model S.
While that’s still months away, Tesla decided to start hyping up the new top performance mode with a new ‘Plaid Mode’ tee.
Tesla says that “it’s the next best thing to riding shotgun at the Nürburgring”