After announcing the upcoming new Tesla ‘Plaid powertrain’ yesterday, Elon Musk said that Tesla had another Model S prototype with 7 seats.
Following the recent launch of the Porsche Taycan, Musk appears to be on a mission to show that Tesla’s vehicles are still the highest-performing EVs available today.
Last week, he said that Tesla would bring a Model S to Nürburgring race track — right after Porsche established a new 4-door electric car record at the track.
Musk later said that the Model S is at the track in Germany, but it sounds like they won’t be able to try for a record this week.
Instead, they turned their sights home and broke a record at the Laguna Seca racetrack with a prototype Model S.
Yesterday, Tesla announced that the Model S that broke the record at Laguna Seca this week had a new ‘Plaid powertrain’ and a new ‘chassis prototype’.
Now Musk is talking about another new feature or version for the Model S.
The CEO says that the Model S prototype in Germany has 7 seats:
Model S at Nürburgring has 7 seats
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
It’s not exactly clear what the CEO means by that since Tesla used to offer rear-facing seats for children in the Model S – technically making it a 7-seater.
However, Tesla couldn’t call it a 7-seater since the rear-facing seats were for children so they called it a “5+2” and they ended up discontinuing the feature.
Musk explicitly said that the new Model S prototype in Nürburgring has “7 seats” to “carry 7 people”, which could mean that it’s a different configuration than the rear-facing seat.
Tesla is believed to have brought several new Model S prototypes with its new powertrain at the Nürburgring racetrack for testing over the next few weeks.
It would be kind of sneaky for Elon to be talking about rear-facing seats here.
I think he is talking about a new 7 full-seat configuration for the Model S. It’s not impossible to imagine since Tesla managed to squeeze a third-row in the Model Y.
However, I don’t see why.
That was always Model X’s domain. If you wanted a Tesla with a 7-seat configuration, you could order a Model X instead of a Model S.
I just really do not see a significant market for a 7-seat performance sedan, but please correct me if I am wrong.
On another note, the Model S prototypes that Tesla brought to Nürburgring – possibly even that 7-seater Elon is talking about – are interesting.
But what I find interesting is the ‘P100D+’ badge. It is probably a reference to the new Plaid powertrain, but Tesla is moving away from the P100D badging or any badging referencing the energy capacity so I am not clear on what is going on here.
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