Tesla claims Model S Performance 0-60mph time reduced to 2.3sec, with new 'Cheetah Stance' launch mode and "improved thermal endurance"
24 April 2020

Tesla has rolled out another over-the-air software package for the Model S and X Performance variants, this time boosting performance and bringing claims of greater thermal efficiency.

The update is automatically installed in examples of the two models running the latest 'Raven' powertrain and is claimed to drop the Model S 0-60mph time from 2.5sec to 2.3sec. The Model X's is reduced from 2.7sec to 2.6sec. 

It's not immediately clear exactly how this performance boost is achieved (some US outlets are claiming a peak power increase) but the firm lists improvements to its launch control system as part of the update. The car can now adopt a 'Cheetah Stance', lowering the front axle and adjusting the damping to boost traction off the line. 

Just as intriguing are claims of "improved thermal endurance" with the new upgrades for "more back-to-back runs". Again, no detail of how this is achieved has been provided, but the update is likely a response to numerous tests claiming Porsche's new Taycan is more capable of repeatable launch performance without drop-off.

The update is one of countless upgrades that Tesla has rolled out free of charge to owners over the past few years. Software improvements have boosted range and added a variety of novel new features, including Dog and Sentry modes last year.

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24 April 2020

Maybe there's a keen motocrosser in the Tesla team, lowering the front end has been around some time in MX land.

24 April 2020
xxxx wrote:

Maybe there's a keen motocrosser in the Tesla team, lowering the front end has been around some time in MX land.

 

Not only a Republican, but a dyed in the wool trump supporter...signs?...you've clearly taken his sage advice and injected disinfectant...

25 April 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Maybe there's a keen motocrosser in the Tesla team, lowering the front end has been around some time in MX land.

 

Not only a Republican, but a dyed in the wool trump supporter...signs?...you've clearly taken his sage advice and injected disinfectant...

XXXX writes a lot of nonsense and annoys a lot of people one here, including me, but frankly youre even worse - you dont challange his nonsense posts you just go straight in with abuse and name calling, ironically you are the new XXXX.

24 April 2020

...for the holeshot only of course.

24 April 2020
xxxx wrote:

...for the holeshot only of course.

 

...with an abnormal overexposure to the sun. Fool and foolish.

24 April 2020

 Tesla is trying to keep ahead of the competition and so the should, why you'd want to go faster in something that's bonkers fast wrapped up in a big heavy Saloon Car ?, yes, I know some of you can't go fast enough, but of the Tesla I've seen they haven't been driven at Warp speed, I've only seen the used in anger on YouTube video' embarrassing Supercars on a drag strip, ie, driving in a straight line.

25 April 2020

This acceleration equates to well over 1g, better than falling off a cliff! So it would surely only be possible with a special high friction road surface and/or slick tyres. Either way I can't see why anyone would want such violent acceleration - what are you going to do with the fractions of seconds saved? It surely can't be good for longevity of those very expensive batteries either, not too mention tyres..

These are great cars. But why not sell them on their real strengths - their efficiency, comfort, refinement etc - not some crazy, near useless 0 to 60 mph time?

25 April 2020

1) Bragging rights. A lot of Americans place huge store on the 1/4 mile time. I understand that America has lost respect from some people with Donald Trump as President but, like it or not, that's a fact.

2) Shock value - everyone should have a passenger ride in one of these things at least once in their lives

3) When you've experienced the sort of acceleration that peels the skin off your face like this does, it can become addictive.

4) There is no harm in enjoying these cars when road condiftions and traffic levels permit

This is supposed to be a car enthusiast forum but it's decending into a downward spiral of personal abuse and negativity.

25 April 2020
Can't imagine at that warp speed acceleration you'd even notice the slight increase but as Peter says they are constantly striving to keep their cars competitive, however, whilst a taycan can repeatedly do these acceleration sprints, it also cost a fair bit more so isn't really a competitor is it? I see a few model S around my way and I reckon that they're a great looking car and whilst I've never travelled in one I have sat in one and thought it was a nice environment, too expensive for me but I do like them.
It would be interesting to know how these over the air updates achieve what they're claiming though.

25 April 2020

heavy car with tyres that low profile - ever had a flat because the wheel was cracked?

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