Tesla’s new Ludicrous Mode even more ludicrous

by | Aug 25, 2016 | Climate Change, Recycling, Transportation | 0 comments

With a number of new upgrades announced today, Tesla’s Model S is now the third-fastest car in the world, going from 0 to 60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds. That’s only just slower than the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder — both million-dollar hypercars. The Model X goes faster too, from 0-60MPH in 2.9 seconds, down from 3.2 seconds.

The added speed is thanks to a long-rumored 100kWh battery option, available for order today in its Model S and Model X cars. The new battery, which includes an additional 10kWh of storage over the previous top-of-the-line model, will deliver 315 miles of EPA-estimated range in the Model S P100D version, up from 294 miles when equipped with the 90kWh battery, and an increase of around seven percent. The Model X P100D rates 289 miles, up from 250 miles. The battery will only be available in the performance, all-wheel-drive model with the Ludicrous Mode option.

Tesla said there were some upgrades made to the wiring harness and other small differences, but the drivetrain remains the same. The improvements to Ludicrous Mode acceleration are basically entirely due to the improvements in the battery pack. The biggest differences in day-to-day driving, says Tesla, is in highway-passing speeds where the car is typically limited by power.

The 100kWh battery will, naturally, come at a price. The Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode will start at $134,500, an increase of $9,500 over the old P90D. It will be available for order immediately with the first deliveries beginning next month. A similarly equipped Model X starts at $135,500. Tesla said that the initial production run will be “limited” to around 200 packs per week, around 10 percent of total Tesla volume, and production will be increased going forward. It will likely be “several months” until Tesla offers the 100kWh battery pack in other trim levels.

This means Tesla’s current lineup includes Model S and Model X cars with 60kWh, 75kWh, 90kWh, and 100kWh battery options. Depending on which battery is purchased, base model pricing ranges from $66,000 to $134,500 on the Model S, and $74,000 to $135,500 on the Model X.

Tesla noted in its blog post that while the P100D Ludicrous “is obviously an expensive vehicle,” sales will help pay for Model 3 development.

Read full story: The Verge

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