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Tesla Announces Ludicrous Mode

Tesla Model S can now be configured to go 300 miles per charge and do 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds reducing 0-155mph time by 20%. Horsepower is increased from 691 to 762 making it faster than supercars like the million dollar McLaren-F1.

Over the last few hours many articles covering Elon Musk's press conference about these Telsa Model S upgrades have been published, but this one from Consumer Reports seems to be the most accurate, reliable and comprehensive:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/07/tesla-model-s-performance-goes-from-insane-to-ludicrous/index.htm.

    There is a lot of confusing and conflicting information coming out of that press conference, but this seems to be the facts:
  • If you are about to order a new Tesla Model S, you can get the new 300 mile range battery for an additional $10,000. This will give you a 90kWh instead of a 85kWh battery and your vehicle will be designated as a Tesla Model S 90 (or P90 or P90D, depending what other options you select).
  • Current Tesla Model S owners can upgrade to this new 90kWh battery for $3,000. However, Elon Musk encourages existing Model S owners to not rush out to upgrade as Tesla expects to continue to improve on the battery pack. Rather, Elon recommends that existing owners consider waiting 3 or 4 years before upgrading their battery to take advantage of the latest ongoing battery improvements.
  • If existing P85D owners wish to add the higher performance "ludicrous" mode to their car, that will cost $5,000. It is not clear if when purchasing a brand new Tesla Model S P90D with the $10,000 larger battery option if that includes "ludicrous mode" or not.
  • The larger battery and "ludicrous mode" will also be available for the Tesla Model X which will start delivering later this year.
  • Elon Musk even hinted at an even faster "Maximum Plaid" mode that may be available later. "Maximum Plaid" is a term that originated from the Star Wars spoof movie "Space Balls".
  • Tesla also introduced a Model S 70 without the dual-motor which will sell for $70,000 which is $5,000 less than the 70D.
  • Also mentioned in the Tesla Press Conference was the anticipated Version 7 software upgrade which may include AutoPilot, AutoSteering, and parking features.


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