Jay Leno: Tesla Model S Plaid Does 1/4 Mile in 9.24 Seconds at 152 Mph

On the Spike’s Car Radio podcast, comedian and car buff Jay Leno, shared how he was able to test drive the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid. The upcoming Model S Plaid hit an impressive and record-breaking quarter-mile time at Famoso Raceway, just north of Bakersfield, California (via Tesla North).

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“I’ll tell you what I did. I went up to Famosa dragway in Bakersfield…in a Tesla [Model S] Plaid. I made one pass…I drove up and had the NHRA [National Hot Rod Association] guys there to make it official, I turned a 9.247 at 152.09 mph,” Leno said.

According to Tesla’s website, the Model S Plaid can do the 1/4 mile in 9.23 seconds at 155 mph (249 km/h).

To put things into perspective, the previous fastest recorded 1/4 mile time for a production car was the 2018 Bugatti Chiron Sport’s 9.4 seconds at 254.3 km/h (158 mph), which seems to have been beaten by the Model S Plaid.

Moreover, the 2018 Bugatti Chiron Sport costs $2,998,000 USD, while the Model S Plaid starts at $118,490 USD.

Click this link to listen to the full episode of Spike’s Car Radio, ‘Maybach Music’.