Do you see that dog resting comfortably in this Tesla Model X? See the windows rolled all of the way up? And, can you see there isn’t the dog’s owner in sight? That’s because this dog is testing a popular Tesla feature.
It’s called “Dog Mode.” It keeps the inside of your Tesla at a comfortable 68-degrees, regardless of how hot or cold it is outside. It has been available since early 2019 as an update for older Teslas and comes with every new Tesla sold. If you talk to any dog owner with the feature they usually rave about the added convenience.
What else is new about this Tesla Model X?
If you can see the touch screen you’ll see the big 68°F announcing the inside temperature. But that’s not even the big thing about this particular Model X. That’s because it is a prototype Plaid high-performance version being tested in Silicon Valley.
Model X Plaid cars should be out sometime in 2022
The Model X Plaid versions are expected to start being delivered in the middle of 2022. It is sporting 22-inch Turbine wheels; up from the 20-inch Cyberstream wheels lesser trims come with. They’re a bit pricey at $5,500 extra.
The price for a 2022 Tesla Model X Plaid will start at $119,990. Similarly-priced Model S Plaid sedans run about $10,000 more. Of course, the Plaid version is the high-performance variant that is currently only available with the Model S. With 1,020 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, there isn’t much else on the road like it.
Besides the increased performance, the Model S Plaid is notorious for the Yoke steering wheel. The first ones were delivered earlier this summer, so they’re not especially visible right now. Outside there is very little that differentiates the Plaid version from a more typical Model S.
Here’s how the Plaid “Launch Control” works
Another unique Plaid feature is launch-control. Tesla calls it the “Drag Strip Model.” Choosing it sets up the battery for the surge of acceleration. But you’ve got to wait for a few minutes before it is fully activated. You’ll know once the “Peak Performance is Ready” notice pops up on the control screen.
Next, you stomp on the brake with your left foot and then the accelerator pedal with your right. This initiates the “Cheetah Stance” which lowers the Tesla two inches. Tesla says this improves “traction and anti-lift geometry during maximum acceleration.” Once engaged, let up off of the brake and hang on.
Try not to take your eyes off of the road because at this point you’re flying. And try not having your dog with you as it might have an accident if it realizes what is going on.