Tesla Model S gets an optional "Ludicrous Mode", goes from 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds

Tesla Model S is an impressive electric saloon and the updates continue coming, offering more range and better performance.

The latest new options for the Model S include a 90 kWh battery pack option on all 85kWh models, increasing range on all 85 kWh Model S by 5%. The 85D has now a range of around 300 miles now. The option costs $3k (£1900).

Moving on to the real treat on the range-topping dual-motor P85D can now be ordered with an optional “Ludicrous Mode”, which takes the electric super saloon from 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds, while the quarter mile time is 10.9 seconds.

The system uses an advanced smart fuse for the battery, constantly monitoring current at the millisecond level and is pyro-actuated to cut power with extreme precision and certainty.

That was combined with upgrading the main pack contractor to use inconel (a high temperature space-grade superalloy) instead of steel.

As a result max amp is increased throughout from 1300 to 1500 Amps.

The upgrade for new owners costs $10,000 (£6400) and for the limited time current P85D owners can upgrade their car for $5000 (£3200) plus installation for the next six months.

There is also now a new entry-level rear-wheel drive 70kWh version, costing $70k in the U.S.

In related news Tesla has also mentioned that the next-generation Roadster will arrive in four years. The new Roadster of course should be faster than the top-of the range Model S, meaning it would really outrun most supercars from 0-62mph sprint.


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