If you sneak in Tesla Model S Plaid Configurator, you will find a lot of warnings-like You will be in our first test. One of the biggest problems is about the Model S Plaid’s claimed top speed of 200 miles per hour. “The specified check pattern top speed requires suitable wheels and tires, which will be available in the fall of 2021.” According to Tesla, the wheels and tires required for 200 mph Yes It is now available on Plaid, but it is not the software update required to achieve the above speed.
Model S Plaid provides two sets of wheels. 19-inch “Tempest” wheels are standard, and 21-inch “Arachnid” wheels are optional. This is the standard configuration of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (just like the Model S Plaid tires we tested recently). If you want Plaid to eventually reach 200 mph, you need the latter set of wheels and tires (21 inches). Tesla said that the wheel and tire kit has recently been verified at the claimed maximum speed.
Having said that, early Model S Plaid owners who used Arachnid wheels could not reach the top speed of 200 mph. Before the “Future” launch of a software update, all Model S Plaid speeds will be limited to 163 mph.
I don’t know what the top speed of the Model S Plaid on Tempest wheels is, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it is the same as the Arachnid Model S Plaids’ current top speed of 163 mph.