In 2016, Musk tweeted that Plaid would be reserved for the upcoming Roadster so it looks like plans have changed. He explained today in another tweet that the triple engine Plaid setup is "about a year away", with plans to make it available in the Model S, X and Roadster, but not the cheaper / smaller Model 3 or Y.
the only thing besides Ludicrous is Plaid
̵1; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
Yes. To be clear, the checkered driveline is about a year away from production and applies to the S, X & Roadster, but not 3 or Y. Will cost more than our current offerings, but less than competitors.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
This is not quite the Taycan warring Nürburgring race Musk had originally promised we should see this week, but he later mentioned that the company had to do more review and testing ahead of trials.
Our friends at Autoblog have picked up spy pictures of a modified Model S P100D that is, as Musk promised, driving around the German carriageway right now, so hopefully the battle between sporting EVs will get some comparable data soon.
* ~ Some personal news ~ *
We added Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy in 1: 36.555 during advanced R&D testing of our model S Plaid driveline and chassis prototype
(It's one second faster than the record for a four-door sedan) pic.twitte r.com/OriccK4KCZ₂1919900900—— Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2019