Tesla Announces Ludicrous Mode
Tesla Model S can now be configured to go 300 miles per charge and do 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds reducing 0-155mph time by 20%.
Horsepower is increased from 691 to 762 making it faster than supercars like the million dollar McLaren-F1.
Over the last few hours many articles covering Elon Musk's press conference about these Telsa Model S upgrades have been published,
but this one from Consumer Reports seems to be the most accurate, reliable and comprehensive:
There is a lot of confusing and conflicting information coming out of that press conference, but this seems to be the facts:
- If you are about to order a new Tesla Model S, you can get the new 300 mile range battery for an additional $10,000.
This will give you a 90kWh instead of a 85kWh battery and your vehicle will be designated as a Tesla Model S 90 (or P90 or P90D,
depending what other options you select).
- Current Tesla Model S owners can upgrade to this new 90kWh battery for $3,000.
However, Elon Musk encourages existing Model S owners to not rush out to upgrade
as Tesla expects to continue to improve on the battery pack.
Rather, Elon recommends that existing owners consider waiting 3 or 4 years before upgrading their battery
to take advantage of the latest ongoing battery improvements.
- If existing P85D owners wish to add the higher performance "ludicrous" mode to their car, that will cost $5,000.
It is not clear if when purchasing a brand new Tesla Model S P90D with the $10,000 larger battery option
if that includes "ludicrous mode" or not.
- The larger battery and "ludicrous mode" will also be available for the Tesla Model X which will start delivering later this year.
- Elon Musk even hinted at an even faster "Maximum Plaid" mode that may be available later.
"Maximum Plaid" is a term that originated from the Star Wars spoof movie "Space Balls".
- Tesla also introduced a Model S 70 without the dual-motor which will sell for $70,000 which is $5,000 less than the 70D.
- Also mentioned in the Tesla Press Conference was the anticipated Version 7 software upgrade which may include
AutoPilot, AutoSteering, and parking features.