New Tesla Model S P100D and Model X P100D variants have been unveiled overnight, debuting as the latest flagship upgrade in the electric car maker’s line-up.
Equipped with a new 100kWh battery pack, the P100D variants have a greater driving range and improved performance capabilities.
So much so that the company claims the new Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode is the world’s quickest production car.
Although it acknowledges that the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder are faster to 60mph (97km/h), both vehicles had limited production runs, were priced around the million dollar mark, and could only seat two people.
Above: Tesla Model X.
According to Tesla, the Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds. Under the EU’s NEDC standard, it also has an estimated 613km driving range.
By comparison, the P90D with Ludicrous Mode completes the 0-100km/h standard in 3.0 seconds, and has an NEDC driving range of 509km.
The heavier and less aerodynamic Model X P100D claims a 0-100km/h time of 3.1 seconds, and an NEDC estimated range of 542km on a fully-charged battery.
With Ludicrous Mode the Model X P90D has a 0-100km/h time of 3.4 seconds and a 467km driving range.
In the US customers who have purchased, but haven’t received, their Model S or Model X P90D model with Ludicrous Mode, can have their cars upgraded to the new P100D Ludicrous Mode specification for US$10,000 ($13,000).
Owners who already have a P90D model with Ludicrous Mode and wish to upgrade their vehicle to P100D Ludicrous Mode spec will have to stump up US$20,000 ($26,000), with the higher price being attributed to the cost of recycling the 90kWh battery pack.
Local pricing and availability dates are yet to be confirmed. We’ll update this article when these details become available.
The Tesla Model S P100D is now faster in a straight line than it would be if you dropped it out of a plane.
— MattHardigree (@MattHardigree) August 23, 2016