First Tesla Model S Plaid Arrives in Chinese Showroom

Image: @JayinShanghai on Twitter

The first Tesla Model S Plaid has finally landed in China, arriving at one of the company’s showrooms in Shanghai, China, according to a tweet from @JayinShanghai.

“It’s time to witness the ultimate driving experience that this beast has to offer. So, gear up and head over to the showroom to get a glimpse of the future of automotive technology,” @JayinShanghai said in a Sunday tweet that he later clarified was actually written by OpenAI’s wildly popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT.

The Tesla enthusiast shared images of China’s first Model S Plaid from the Shanghai showroom, including of the unit’s yoke steering wheel. Earlier this week, Tesla started offering round steering wheel retrofits to Model S/X owners for $700.

China has been waiting to get the Model S Plaid for quite some time now. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in November 2021 that the Model S Plaid would make its way to the country “probably around March” of 2022, but that never panned out.

The Model S and Model X Plaid are both produced by Tesla at its Fremont factory in California. While Tesla’s Chinese Gigafactory in Shanghai is responsible for a vast chunk of the automaker’s global supply, it only builds the Model 3 and Model Y.

Tesla officially unveiled the Model S Plaid in China back in November 2022. The company went on to release Chinese pricing for its top-of-the-line electric vehicle (EV) in January, and the first deliveries are expected to begin sometime in the first half of this year.