Three alternatives to the Tesla Model S Plaid for the same price

Written by: Antonio Roncero @roncero_antonio August 5, 2022 5 minutes

For the price of the Tesla Model S Plaid, you won’t find any other electric cars that match it in terms of performance, but you will find some very interesting alternatives.

The figures of Tesla Model S Tiles really impress: a power of 1,020 hp, 2.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/ha maximum speed greater than 320 km/h, 600 km of WLTP range… They don’t really look like the numbers on a 5 meter long sedan, but rather correspond to what one would expect to find on the spec sheet of a sports car. But they are there.

And for now, the high-end Model S has no equivalent in the electric car segment. Now that Tesla has already announced the arrival and prices of the Tesla Model S Plaid in our market, where it can be purchased for 140,000 euros, we did the exercise of looking for three alternatives with the same budget.

The truth is that, for this price, a “temptation” would be to recommend a Audi RS6 Avant. There is no other car that better combines high performance, performance capability, sporty handling and versatility for everyday use. But in a way, it will be cheating…

If we talk about Tesla, the imperative is to look for alternatives with electric propulsion. Yes For the $140,000 the Model S Plaid costs, these are the models we’d recommend if you’re looking for a car…

Sportier: Porsche Taycan GTS… or a Taycan GTS Sport Turismo

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As I already said in the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo reviewI particularly prefer the added practicality brought by this body variant, although the Taycan GTS “sedan” is also there. Not as powerful as the Model S Plaid, “only” gives 600 hp. On paper, this is not enough either in terms of performance: top speed limited to 250 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

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But in practice, the Model S would only be ahead of the Taycan GTS in terms of straight-line acceleration… and autonomy. When it comes to driving feel and thrills beyond pure acceleration, the Taycan GTS strays far further from the Model S than the Tesla can from Porsche when it comes to to travel comfortably on the highway.

The most luxurious: BMW i7 xDrive60

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You could see it coming… As soon as the German premium brands got their act together – pun intended – they were going to withdraw the Tesla colors. And this is another clear example. For the price of an S Plaid model, you get a set BMW i7 xDrive60the electric version of an emblem among the large top-of-the-range luxury sedans, the BMW 7 Series. Finishes, interior presentation, quality, premium atmosphere… Whichever way you look at it, the BMW i7 is much more than a car. Some say size doesn’t matter, but there’s also no other electric hatchback on the market that reaches 5.4 meters in length.

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It’s true that it doesn’t accelerate like a Tesla, and it has almost half the power, 544 HP. But its less than 5 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standing start is still a record that many performance sports coupes with combustion engines would want for themselves. In terms of autonomy, the i7 stands out with its WLTP certification of 625 km. The time when Tesla dominated all the rankings of electric cars with greater range is beginning to be long gone.

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Also as a clearly more luxurious and refined alternative to the Tesla Model S Plaid, we could include the new Mercedes-Benz EQS, which would be the electric Mercedes S-Class. The version comparable to the Tesla for the price – it costs around 8,000 euros more – would be the EQS 580 4MATIC, with 523 CV, 670 km of autonomy and a high level technological charge, with innovations such as the 77-inch head-up displaythe MBUX hyperscreen or the Drive Pilot Level 3 Self-Driving Assistant.

Sportier and more luxurious: Audi RS e-tron GT

It exceeds nearly 6,000 euros in budget, but the Audi RS e-tron GT seems to me one of the best alternatives to the Tesla Model S Poster. It masterfully combines the sporty feel of the Taycan with the exquisite finish of the BMW i7 and the refinement of a Mercedes EQS.

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For all these reasons, the RS e-tron GT is probably the electric car that currently best combines exquisite comfort with dynamic behavior that makes it an extremely fast sedan… even for driving on the circuit.

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I will only add one thing: as I have already said here on the occasion of the Audi RS range test track, the RS e-tron GT lets you effortlessly follow in the wake of an entire Audi RS 6 Avant. It is true that it does it “in its own way”, taking advantage of the formidable capacity for acceleration when exiting curves, without giving that feeling of driving an almost racing car like the one you can feel at the wheel of RS 6.

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But that alone is big words. Like its numbers, though it might look small next to the Tesla: 646 HP and 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. Where the RS e-tron GT falls behind is in autonomy: it announces 465 km with a single charge of its battery.

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