Teslas have always been fast. But with the addition of a new 100kWh battery option for the Model S, Tesla now builds a car that can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. That’s about as fast as it takes you to even say “P100D.”
The bigger battery and faster Ludicrous mode is the biggest part of new updates unveiled today. The new battery option will be available in both the Model S and Model X starting immediately, with those cars running at $134,5000 and $135,500 respectively. Older P90D versions can be upgraded for the low, low price of $20,000.
Let’s talk for a minute about how fast this new car will be. Doing 0-60 in 2.5 seconds is crazy fast. Two road-legal cars in the world can beat that: the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, both of which cost a lot more than $140,000, and neither of which have a real trunk.
If the Model S doesn’t have enough practicality for you, there’s also the option of putting that giant new battery in the Model X. With the 100kWh battery, it will do 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, which is very fast indeed for an SUV.
It’s not all about speed, either. The new Model S P100D has a slightly improved range, up about seven percent to 315 miles from 294. It’s not a huge difference, but it does push a standard EV over 300 miles for the first time. With the new car, there’s also the option to put the Premium seats from the Model X into a Model S for the first time.
Apart from the new battery, most everything has been left unchanged. The wiring harness, drivetrain and suspension are basically all the same. There’s also no new Autopilot hardware, which has been extensively rumored in the past couple weeks.
In short, it’s the same extremely fast Tesla as before, but now it will guaranteeably smoke anything you pull up next to at the lights. Unless your neighbour drives a million-dollar Ferrari, that is.