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24K Gold-Plated Tesla Will Likely Be the Most Expensive in the World

The future of electric road travel is now a luxury flex. The Tesla Model S, known for being fast, high-tech and thoroughly futuristic, is now a luxury item. Caviar, the luxury atelier known for gold-plating Apple products, has stepped it up a level, adorning a Tesla Model S Plaid in 24K gold – the purest available.

The concept car comes with everything from the grille, side skirts, wheels, side-view mirrors, parts of the front and rear bumpers as well as parts of the interior trim covered in 24K gold.

According to Drive, the Tesla Model S Plaid electric sedan starts from A$219,646. The price of the Caviar version, nicknamed the Model Excellence 24K, climes to over A$420,000 – becoming the most expensive Tesla in the world.

24K Gold-Plated Tesla Model S Plaid caviar
24K Gold-Plated Tesla Model S Plaid caviar
Source: Auto Evolution

While a current stand-alone concept, the Russian luxury outlet has plans to produce a limited run of 99 with each vehicle denoting its edition number under the right rear light. Teslas front bonnet and rear bumper logos are replaced by the eye-catching Caviar gold crown logo. Each golden Model S will also come with a custom titanium iPhone, either 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max in black or gold.

It could be a while before we see the concept in production. The standard Tesla Model S Plaid isn’t set to hit Australian shores until the end of 2022 or even 2023. The world’s fastest sedan has three independent electric motors, two at the rear and one at the front, that sends peak power of 1,020hp to all four wheels.

Billed as the rival to petrol-powered hypercars, the Model S Plaid will launch from 0-100km/h in a claimed 2.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 322km/h. By comparison, the A$8.2 million Bugatti Divo will do 0-100km/h in 2.4 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 380km/h.

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