Elon Musk has made an abrupt announcement on Twitter that the Tesla Model S Plaid+, which was announced earlier this year as part of the 2021 Model S lineup, has been canceled. “Plaid+ is canceled. No need, as Plaid is just so good,” he Tweeted in addition to announcing the Plaid’s production commencement this week.
The real reason is most likely the production challenges. As per the January 2021 announcement, the Plaid+ was supposed to pack 1,100+ hp, a 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) time of less than 1.99 seconds, and an estimated range of over 520 mi (837+ km) — 130 mi (209 km) more than the Plaid.
At the time of publishing this story, the Model S configurator was letting buyers choose only between the Long Range and Plaid. The Plaid+ option was disabled with a caption that said the model will be available in mid-2022. Now that Elon has made the above announcement, the disabled button might disappear altogether soon.