Tesla Model S Plaid Owner Discovers the Surprising Truth About Owning Such a Powerful Car
Owning one the world’s quickest cars is an automotive dream for any enthusiast, but in reality there can be downsides to having a ludicrously quick car in your garage. That is the experience a Reddit user recently outlined after they put the 1,020 horsepower, 0-60-mph-in-just-2.1-seconds Tesla Model S Plaid in their garage. What can their story teach us about some fundamental truths of car ownership?
Some harsh realities of owning an ultra-fast car like the Tesla Model S Plaid
Reddit user “blmlozz” recently posted on the r/Cars subreddit they purchased a Model S Plaid, and in six months, it has turned out the be both “the best and worst car [they’ve] ever owned.”
Blmlozz says the Model S Plaid is “shockingly” fun, and “quick to the point of being indescribable.” They extol the ultra-quick, tri-motor performance Tesla for its ability to zip from 70 to 130 mph in about three seconds, and with a mere “toe tap” to the throttle the speed will read 90 mph.
They suggest making “millimeter adjustments” to throttle input to avoid surpassing speed limits as the Plaid is just that quick.
However, the user says in their six months of Plaid ownership, the car has taught them an expensive life lesson, most notably, “once you reach the peak of the mountain, there is nowhere to go,” and that “sometimes the chase is more of a thrill than the ride.”
The post outlines that the Plaid’s outrageous speed is extremely fun initially, but the novelty wears off. Once you can hit 0-60 mph in just over two seconds on the regular, the post suggests, it becomes “normalized.” While the Plaid has blmlozz’s upmost respect, it appears, it also has led to disdain that the Redditor doesn’t know if they “can really enjoy a car for more than 1.5-2 seconds at a time flooring it.”
Owning a fast car versus driving a slow car fast
The top comment (as of this writing) for blmlozz’s post on owning a Model S Plaid suggests it’s “somewhat true” it’s more thrilling to pilot a slow car at its limits versus having a performance car so quick you can never truly stretch its legs.
This sentiment is shared by the Plaid owner. In response, they wrote it is “100% true,” and they will be selling the Model S for “something slower,” suggesting they will actually be able to push the limits of something that doesn’t have four figures of horsepower.
Plenty of other commenters chimed in to express their belief it’s more endearing to drive a not-particularly-fast car at the ragged edge. Unsurprisingly, many subscribe to the idea that “Miata is the answer,” with the MX-5 used by several commenters as an example of big thrills coming from small displacement.
An automotive lesson to be learned
Blmlozz’s post underscores dishing out over $110,000 for a new Model S Plaid is a pricey lesson to learn, but enthusiasts can take heed of their advice that owning a peak performer isn’t necessarily all its cracked up to be. Still, it’s a little hard to feel bad for someone waking up to a Model S Plaid every day.
Perhaps the key to automotive nirvana is not simply having the fastest or sportiest model, it’s founded on getting the most performance out of what you have.