Elon Musk suggests even more performance potential than the P100D's 2.5sec to 60mph, but won't say when it's coming
4 November 2016

Elon Musk has suggested that there will be an update to the Tesla Model S P100D’s Ludicrous Mode, providing even more performance from the company’s flagship.

Tesla Model S P100D update trim 0-60 dash to 2.4sec

Musk tweeted: “there will be a P100D Ludicrous Easter egg [sic] soon that uncorks the full performance,” but gave no more details.

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Recent updates to the Model S line up mean that Ludicrous Mode – which deploys the maximum possible power for full acceleration to 60mph in 2.5sec – is only available on the P100D, as a standard feature. The P90D model has been discontinued.

Musk made the reveal while discussing the changes to the Model S range, which include the option of a new panoramic sunroof.

The CEO described the new option as “very hard to develop, but it makes the interior feel amazing”.

The new glass roof is a £1400 option and sits alongside the £1800 sunroof as an alternative to the standard body-coloured roof. Like the standard roof, the new glass roof is not compatible with roof racks – only the sunroof will allow such a feature. Musk said that the surrounding body structure had been reinforced for extra safety, and said the new roof performed at a “five star-plus” level in rollover safety. “That was what took so long to develop,” he said.

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Tesla has long shown a fondness for glass in its vehicles, and Elon Musk recently confirmed the creation a dedicated glass technology to work on automotive glass, as well as the recently announced solar roof tiles. Musk said that the first automotive results of this glass-focused team will be seen on the forthcoming Model 3, which may well have a solar roof option.

As pointed out by Electrek.co, which noticed the changes on the US Tesla website, the deletion of the P90D now mean a sizable jump in basic prices between the Model S 90D at £73,900 before incentives, and the P100D at £118,900 before incentives. The gap would suggest a future non-performance 100D model is in the works.

Autocar has contacted Tesla for comment.

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4 November 2016
Should look like that Russian meteorite.

A34

4 November 2016
On the other hand if you find Li-Ion too dangerous, good luck finding a petrol powered phone!

4 November 2016
What I can I can say to this.. stupid !
Tesla are irresponsible for promoting/selling a saloon car that is way too fast.. Also I cannot believe that they have chassis knowledge of a sports car let alone one like an M5. It will be too fast for the majority of rich people who can aford it.. Why not promote longer range on reasonable speed and acceleration rather than outright acceleration/speed ?

4 November 2016
mpls wrote:

Why not promote longer range on reasonable speed and acceleration rather than outright acceleration/speed ?

While I agree that such ludicrous acceleration is a marketing gimmick, it does demonstrate conclusively that from now on acceleration is to be found in EV rather than ICE. This makes hypercars like Bugatti irrelevant in terms of acceleration (handling and chassis finesse is another matter) when similar acceleration can be had for a fraction of the cost.

5 November 2016
abkq wrote:
mpls wrote:

Why not promote longer range on reasonable speed and acceleration rather than outright acceleration/speed ?

While I agree that such ludicrous acceleration is a marketing gimmick, it does demonstrate conclusively that from now on acceleration is to be found in EV rather than ICE. This makes hypercars like Bugatti irrelevant in terms of acceleration (handling and chassis finesse is another matter) when similar acceleration can be had for a fraction of the cost.

But it seams possible to use electric compressors to arrive at peak torque from zero rounds per minute for internal combustion engines. If people are really interested in accomplishing that act! Naturally - assuming you're only referring to standing start acceleration. But logically that's the chief aspect of acceleration superiority -- at speed I don't see why electric motors would clearly provide superior acceleration, but naturally the real test isn't standing start and quarter mile or mile acceleration in a straight line, rather how two cars perform over a road with some turns and twists and hills thrown in - road of some useful length.

5 November 2016
If you read any of the American car magazines you soon realise that drag racing is all to them. The 0-60 time is important (look at the acceleration figures for an American pickup) but the 1/4 mile time is what really floats their boat. It's a different culture.

5 November 2016
ice cars are like buggy whips, the best they could make up until the last horse trap was made- then along came the model T ford.
Ice is over- get used to it.
2 decades from now most new cars will be electric

5 November 2016
You fanatic EV -fans keep saying ICE is over. I say Tesla is the exact reason why ICE is not over. You need a $130,000 EV to even come close to what many cheaper ICE cars offer.

Tesla is a ONE trick pony, initial acceleration, and that is exactly why Tesla has been milking it since day one. In ALL other areas it still loses to it's ICE rivals.

I hope affordable EVs come soon, together with a viable infrastructure. We need them but for now their share of sales is not even 0,1%. So NO, ICE cars are NOT over.

Dan

5 November 2016
bezor Ta wrote:

Tesla is a ONE trick pony, initial acceleration, and that is exactly why Tesla has been milking it since day one. In ALL other areas it still loses to it's ICE rivals.

Oh and zero trail pipe emissions, extremely low fuel cost, comfortable, high owner satisfaction, quite, smooth. EV sales grow every day and you're gonna have to admit they're proving a success, get over it and embrace it OR get on you pony

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

6 November 2016
how much do you have to spend on a supercar to beat a tesla?
How much does it cost to fuel one up.
How much are the maintenance costs etc

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