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Three new changes are coming for the Tesla Model S, including a new “ludicrous mode.”
If the P85D’s “insane” mode was not enough for you, when this setting is engaged, the now-quicker Model S will reach 60 mph in a reported 2.8 seconds making the previous P85D’s 3.2 seconds seem sluggish. Top speed is 155 mph.
The upgrade is for the P85D, and will set owners back an additional $13,000 in required options. The new P90D will include dual motors (one front, one rear) and a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery (more on that in a minute).
Power output is a mind-blowing 762 horsepower, increased over the P85D’s already outrageous 691.
The sensation of “ludicrous mode” was described by Tesla CEO Elon Musk as “faster than falling,” and this is literally true. Any passengers will want to make sure they are well braced for the 1.1 gs of force felt with the full acceleration.
Musk also answered a question on what comes after insane and ludicrous.
“There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous,” said Musk, “but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid.”
Last year when the P85D came out, Musk played down the implication “insane” mode was to break the law, and said “insane” meant insane snow traction with all wheel drive. Unsaid is whether the new car now has “ludicrous” snow traction, but somehow we suspect this was never the point.
The new car, with minimum options boxes checked at Tesla’s website will cost aspiring ludicrous owners $119,200 plus further extras, if desired. That’s a far cry from a $57,400 entry price once touted three year ago for the 40-kwh version that was subsequently canceled, but the new power broker’s machine is sure to keep patrons happy, and Tesla in the news while it awaits more vehicles to come.
And, speed is not all one gets. The larger battery, which is an upgrade from the P85D’s 85-kwh pack, also gets a 5-percent increase in range. This theoretically gives the P90D a 265 mile range, though drivers certainly won’t be able to tap into both the full power and the full range on the P90D.
On the opposite end of the power spectrum, Tesla also announced today that it is offering a smaller single-motor version of the Model S 70D. This will be powered with one rear-mounted motor, and uses the same 70 kwh battery. Price on the Model S 70 starts at $70,000, a $5,000 reduction.
In other news Musk said far-more-humble, but arguably more exciting to more people Model 3 should be along in a little over two years.