Tesla Model S Plaid Vs Tesla Roadster: Which One Is A Better Deal?

With the announcement of the Tesla Model S Plaid variant on Tesla Battery Day, Elon Musk once again made his fans super excited. The specifications of this new variant of the Model S are so impressive that EV enthusiasts have started comparing it with the company’s electric sports car Tesla Roadster.

Today we will give an overview of both the electric cars and their specifications, and in the end, we’ll discuss which one is a better deal.

Since both the Model S Plaid variant and Roadster are not available on the market, we’ll be comparing both cars based on their on-paper specifications.

So let’s begin with this head-on comparison.

Also read: Tesla Unveils Model S Plaid With 520+ EPA Electric Range.

Tesla Model S Plaid Vs Tesla Roadster

Before we start, here’s a quick overview of both these electric vehicles.

Tesla Model S Plaid 2021
Tesla Model S, Image: Tesla

Tesla Model S is the flagship electric sedan from the US EV maker. Currently, the performance and long-range variants of Tesla Model S are available in the market. Recently, the automaker has unveiled its latest variant, Model S Plaid, with some big improvements. The Model S Plaid variant would hit the market in late 2021; however, customers can book it online through its website.

On the other hand, we have the one and only Tesla’s Sports electric car Roadster. Similar to Model S Plaid, people can book Roadster online from the company’s official website. An interesting fact about the EV is that Elon Musk sent one cherry Roadster unit into space back in 2017.

Tesla-Roadster electric sports car
Tesla RoadsterImage: Tesla

Most of you guys already know that in terms of specifications, Tesla Roadster is quite ahead of Model S Plaid. Still, there is a significant margin between the price of these cars that can change the overall preference of an individual.


According to Tesla, Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds. For the Model S Plaid, Tesla claims it can do 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.0 seconds, which means it could be somewhere between 1.9 and 2.0 seconds.

While less than 2.0 could also mean anything below 1.9 seconds, it’s very unlikely. Since the exact acceleration value for Model S Plaid will be less than 2.0 seconds, we can say it’s pretty close competition.

Electric Range

The current Tesla Model S has a maximum electric range of 402 miles. However, the upcoming Plaid variant will have an EPA range of 520+ miles.

On the other hand, Tesla Roadster will have an electric range of 620 miles, almost 100 miles more than the Model S Plaid.

Top Speed

Officially, Tesla Model S Plaid will have a top speed of 200 mph, whereas Roadster will be able to achieve a speed of up to 250 mph.


The EV maker has priced the Model S Plaid at $139,900. Meanwhile, Tesla Roadster has a price tag of $200,000 and $250,000 for its Founder Series.

So Which One Is A Better Deal?

Tesla Model S Plaid
Image: Tesla

Though Tesla Roadster leads its sibling Model S Plaid in all parameters, it’s far too expensive at the same time. On paper, Roadster is clearly a winner, but it’s $60,000 expensive than the Model S Plaid. One could buy Tesla Model 3 or Model Y within this margin.

Also, there are a few things that one might not be aware of.

The Model S Plaid will be available to customers by the end of 2021. However, when we talk about Roadster, there is still no confirmation from the automaker about its final release date. Based on our research, we expect Tesla Roadster to hit the roads in either 2023 or early 2024.

By then, the Model S Plaid will surely have better specifications then now. Furthermore, looking at the past record of Tesla, it’s also possible that the electric car might get more affordable.

Is It Worth Waiting For Tesla Roadster?

If we consider the price and availability of both the cars, then for many people, an electric range of 520+, a top speed of 200 mph would be sufficient. On top of that, the Model S Plaid is as quick as Roadster. In that scenario, it would be a better choice for people to buy Model S Plaid. In addition, the Model S Plaid is the best choice for people looking for an electric sedan instead of a sports car.

However, Tesla Roadster is sportier and muscular than the Model S. It has room for four passengers, which is not common in sports cars. If someone is more into a sports car and has a good budget, then Roadster is one of the best options. Nevertheless, they’ll have to wait for few years to grab their hands on this fantastic electric sports car.

Anyway, it mainly depends on an individual’s requirements that lead to a final decision.

Do share your views on the same in the comments section below.

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