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2022 Tesla Model S Plaid returns to the Nurburgring, record attempt imminent

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid electric super sedan has been snapped lapping the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany – and rumours suggest it's gunning for a lap record. Nearly two years since its last outing in September 2019, the Model S Plaid has returned to the 'Ring in its production form, swapping the crude lip spoilers, splitters, fixed wings and sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres fitted to Tesla's 2019 test car for the more conservative look and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber now on sale in the US...

The Drive Five: The stories you might have missed – 22 June 2021

As we continue toward a single publishing platform, some great news stories are being published on both CarAdvice and Drive. If you're a keen reader of CarAdvice, you might be missing out on some of the unique, first-to-run content we're publishing over on Drive. Here are the best stories published on the Drive website so far this week: 1...

Around the tracks: An American TV star clocks a blisteringly quick quarter-mile time in the Tesla Model S Plaid

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world. Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while...

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+ axed: World's quickest car dead before reaching production

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+ has been axed, consigning what claimed to have been the world's fastest-accelerating car to history. Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter this morning the Model S Plaid+ is "cancelled", stating there is "no need, as [the] Plaid is just so good". "0 to 60mph [97km/h] in under 2 seconds [for the Plaid]...

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid+ spied at Laguna Seca with retractable rear wing and active aerodynamics

The upcoming Tesla Model S Plaid+ will feature a retractable rear wing and active aerodynamics, newly-released footage taken at the Laguna Seca raceway in California suggests. The high-performance electric sedan – which Elon Musk claims will be the world’s quickest production car when it launches early next year – can be seen raising a (presumably) hydraulic spoiler to an almost-vertical angle under deceleration, effectively acting as an air brake...

Elon Musk responds to deadly Texas Tesla crash, as Consumer Reports reveals how Autopilot can be tricked

Tesla boss Elon Musk has broken his silence over a deadly Tesla crash in Texas – in which two occupants were killed after it appeared one of them was attempting to operate the vehicle on autopilot and had vacated the driver seat. And respected consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports has disputed claims by Tesla that its Autopilot function does not work without someone in the driver’s seat – discovering that the system can be “tricked”...

2014-18 Tesla Model S and Model X recalled in Australia with safety system fault

Tesla has recalled 2508 examples of its Model S sedan and Model X SUV sold in Australia between 2014 and 2018, citing a fault with onboard computer systems that could “increase the risk of an accident”. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “The electronic multi media card may malfunction over time...

New Tesla Model S, Model X orders won't be delivered until 2022

Australian Tesla buyers will not be able to get their hands on a new Model S or Model X until 2022, with the brand's online configurator revealing deliveries of both models are on hold until next year. The electric sedan and SUV had their 2022 facelifts revealed in January 2021, but customers wanting to purchase the current, pre-facelift model have missed the cutoff and will have to wait until 2022...

The 10 quickest cars for sale in Australia in 2021

As it turns out, identifying the quickest cars in Australia for 2021 is not an easy feat. Not only do they need to be available locally, they also need to meet our criterion of completing the 0-100km/h sprint in under three seconds. You may be expecting to see brands such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes, but interestingly, they don't make the cut...

2022 Tesla Model S to offer two types of steering wheel: aircraft-style and conventional

The 2022 Tesla Model S is expected to be available with a choice of two steering wheels: the controversial aircraft-style design shown last week, and this conventional example shown above. Eagle-eyed users of the r/teslamotors forum on website Reddit have uncovered official images hidden deep in Tesla's online configurator of the newly-updated Model S's interior...

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid and Plaid+ promise to be world's quickest cars

Tesla has announced not one but two versions of the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid, both of which promise to shatter the record for the world's fastest-accelerating car – petrol or electric. Tesla says it will introduce the Model S Plaid and Model S Plaid+ sedans, both of which promise to overtake the drag-racing-focused 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon from zero to 100km/h – if Tesla's performance claims prove true...