Tesla Model S now a wee bit more ludicrous

The P100D was launched last fall, but the Motor Trend test was completed only recently. In January, he Tweeted, "Promising early results from the Ludicrous Easter egg".

Priced from £126,200 in the United Kingdom (including Government incentives), the P100D is Tesla's latest addition to the Model S range and gets its name from a new 100kWh battery included. To which, Motor Trend replied, "Bring it on". If you go with the 2.5-second result, the P100D would be the third-fastest production auto, behind the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder, neither of which are now being sold. Finally, it requires Ludicrous mode, which is found in Settings Acceleration. Hold the brake again, tromp the throttle again, release the brake, and you're off.

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Tesla Model S P100D broke all records of speed in the history of fast cars. The higher the line, the greater the acceleration. It avoids damage to the transmission, although many cars have a launch mode the protects the auto from excessive shocks of acceleration.

It is important to note that acceleration speed is not all that when evaluating overall vehicle speed. It's the rate of change of acceleration. Nevertheless, this data isn't all that relevant in the 0-60 context, since, for example, the LaFerrari trampled both the Model S and the 911 with a 0.19s time at 13.1 miles per hour.

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When you consider the tested Model S seats seven and weighs nearly 5,000 pounds, a sub-2.3-second zero to 60 time is even more impressive. No other production auto, ever, has beat 2.3 seconds. Granted, supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 pull ahead at higher speeds where horsepower trumps instant torque, but for puttering around town or coming off that red light turned green, there is not another production vehicle in the world that can hang with the Tesla Model S P100D. It costs about $135,000 compared to a $1.5 million Ferrari LaFerrari, $1.1 McLaren P1 or the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder. But around town, everybody has long since lifted off the accelerator pedal. Zero to 60 time matters most, however, and that is where Tesla now rules. That was with a vehicle weighing 5,062 pounds with driver and test gear. In Motor Trend quarter mile runs, the Porsche 918 and the Tesla tied at 10.5 seconds. For comparison, it takes 2.99 seconds to get there in a Toyota Camry XSE, "America's most ordinary vehicle".

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