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Tesla's new Model S Plaid has a Transformer-like retractable spoiler

A prototype with a mechanical wing was spotted doing some serious speed testing at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Tesla’s refreshed Model S Plaid (and Plaid+) might have at least one more unannounced trick up its sleeve.

In recent a video captured by EV aficionados at The Kilowatts, one of Tesla’s new Model S Plaid prototypes was spotted attempting to break a speed record at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.

📷: The Kilowatts on Twitter

While it’s unclear whether the prototype was successful in breaking said record, the video successfully captured at least one previously unknown detail — this wild retractable spoiler.

The Kilowatts on Twitter.

There are virtually no details on this disappearing wing other than a short video and pictures posted to The Kilowatts Twitter account, but it’s expected the hardware will make an appearance in the new revamped Model S Plaid EVs set to ship in the coming month (and, perhaps, the Plaid+ that’s coming in mid-2022).

Plenty of fast cars have a retractable wing, so it isn’t as groundbreaking as some of the other features in the new Model S range of EVs (for instance, a brand new battery pack and a long-range Plaid variant with 520 miles of range), but it does look pretty cool.

The Kilowatts on Twitter

Imagine the looks when you screech to a halt and the rear spoiler folds flush against the rear of your car.

Given Tesla’s penchant for futuristic and eye-catching design in the past (we’re looking at you wing doors) a retractable spoiler isn’t exactly a surprise. Plus, the Plaid is capable of 200 mph and a 0-60 sprint of 1.99 seconds, so a rear spoiler will help keep it connected to the road.

Bjørn Nyland on YouTube.

No spoilers

Looks like we’re going to have to sit tight and wait until Tesla announces the feature or potentially until the Model S Plaids are delivered to find out whether the company is really giving its cars wings, though. For just $120,000 (or $150k for the Plaid+), you could be among the first to find out.

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