Tesla’s fastest Model S can accelerate quickly, but with the recently unveiled optional Track package, it also has a very decent top speed for a family sedan: 200 mph.
The Track Pack for the Tesla Model S(opens in a new tab) Plaid includes ceramic brakes that set you back $15,000, and if you add another $5,000 you also get ultra-lightweight wheels and track-ready tires.
Put all of that together and you have a car that you can drive your kids to school and do some light shopping in, and then onto the track, where you’ll accelerate from 0-60mph in 1.99 seconds and with a maximum speed of 200 km/h.
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But how does it actually feel to drive it on the race track? Top Gear’s Tom Ford was among the first to try it, and he reported his results on video (below).
While Ford was never quite able to reach top speed because the route it was traveling on wouldn’t allow it, it did hit 190 mph with no problems.
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Note that we’ve already seen a Tesla Model S Plaid go 216 mph, but that required a bit of hacking, which we wouldn’t recommend to anyone.
For details on the car’s handling, a few lesser known changes compared to the old Model S and the cool addition to change the power distribution from rear to front and vice versa, watch the video. Suffice it to say that while the Model S isn’t the most exciting thing you can bring to the track, it certainly won’t be the slowest car there.