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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.
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.