Tesla introduces carbon ceramic brakes for Model S Plaid


The rocket-rivalling sedan has always been quick to get up to speed, but, from next year, it’ll be able to slow down properly as well.


Electric vehicle specialist Tesla will introduce carbon-ceramic disc brakes next year as an option on its flagship 2023 Tesla Model S Plaid.

The four-door sedan has exceptional straight-line performance – accelerating from 0-100km/h in a claimed 2.1 seconds – however, the ability of its existing steel brakes to consistently pull up all 2196kg of steel and batteries has been criticised during continuous on-track driving.

Carbon-ceramic brakes do not provide improved stopping power during everyday driving, however the material’s heat-dissipating properties greatly reduce brake fade after multiple big high-friction stomps on the slow pedal.

The option won’t come cheap, priced from $US20,000 ($AU28,000) in the USA. That’s a lot, considering the vehicle starts from $US129,990 ($AU180,000) before options.

Available by mid-2022 on Tesla’s website – and only with 22-inch wheels – the Plaid’s upgraded carbon-silicon carbide measure 410mm front and rear (with thicker 40mm discs up front, versus 32mm at the rear), with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.

The Model S Plaid is slated to arrive Down Under in late 2022, priced from $236,353 drive-away in New South Wales.

Drive has reached out to a spokesperson for the marque in Australia, to find out if carbon ceramic brakes will be offered locally. This story will be updated if more information becomes available.

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