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Tesla unveils big Model S upgrade – car will go from 0 to 60 in ludicrous 2.8 seconds

Updated 7 years ago
Published Jul 17th, 2015 2:26PM EDT
Tesla Model S Upgrade Ludicrous Mode

Tesla is known for delivering cars that have crazy acceleration, but it’s newest upgrade to the Model S P85D is positively ludicrous. Tesla on Friday announced an upgrade to its Model S car that will give it a range of 300 miles per charge and let it accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a “ludicrous” 2.8 seconds. In fact, this acceleration is so impressive that Tesla is literally calling it “Ludicrous Mode.”

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The upgrade will cost $10,000 and will deliver a 10% improvement in acceleration that will let it drive a quarter of a mile in just 10.8 seconds. Interestingly, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the upcoming Model X vehicle will also have option for “Ludicrous Mode,” although because that vehicle is larger it will go from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, which is still crazy for what will be a three-row SUV.

The company also made more two more announcements Friday. The first is for an upgraded battery pack with 90-kWh that will sell for $3,000 while the second is a 70-kWh single motor that will sell for $70,000.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.