With a new bigger, badder battery, the new Tesla electric cars are ridiculously fast — or, in Tesla parlance, ludicrously fast.
Recode reports that company chief Elon Musk, talking with journalists on a conference call Tuesday, revealed that the new 100 kWH battery pack enables the company’s Model S to go 0 to 60 in a stunning 2.5 seconds, in what the company calls “ludicrous” mode.
“That makes the Model S the third-fastest production car ever made, after the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder, but it’s the quickest pure electric vehicle that has the capacity to seat up to five adults and two children, according to the company,” Recode reports. “In an industry first, the battery also enables the car to drive an estimated 315 miles on a single charge. This is the first electric vehicle to go above a range of 300 miles, according to Tesla.”
On the call, Musk said: “Looking at the bigger picture here, it’s just amazing that an electric car is now the fastest car in production in the world. I think it’s a great message to the world and really speaks to the fact that electric cars are the future. That’s just a very positive message for the electric vehicle industry as a whole, beyond just Tesla.”
Recode notes: “Customers who ordered a Model S P90D — a Model S with a 90 kWH battery and a range of 253 miles — but have not yet received the vehicle can upgrade to the 100 kWH battery for $10,000.”
The cars aren’t cheap. The Model S P100D starts at $135,000, compared to a $125,000 MSRP for the Model S P90D equipped with ludicrous mode. The Model X P100D also starts at $135,500, up from $115,500 for the Model X P90D.
In a discussion about prices on a Tesla blog, the company wrote: “While the P100D Ludicrous is obviously an expensive vehicle, we want to emphasize that every sale helps pay for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development. Without customers willing to buy the expensive Model S and X, we would be unable to fund the smaller, more affordable Model 3 development.”