The company’s long rumored 100 kWh battery pack is now a reality, and the customers are getting – according to the company – the world’s fastest accelerating production vehicle.
This is because the new Model S P100D when packing the optional Ludicrous mode will become a four-door sedan that can warp to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.5 seconds. Yes, we are fully aware of the bevy of hypercars that can go to 62 mph in that time or even less, but it seems Tesla is discarding them due to the limited production numbers – whereas their Model S P100D electric sedan is readily available all around the world. Now we just have to wait for the slew of drag races between the new Model S option and said hypercars…
Tesla decided the new battery pack option should only be available in a flagship configuration with the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive layout and Ludicrous mode. And this time around we’re not seeing Tesla cut the corners again with a software update to the regular 90-kWh unit because they have a new component unit. Aside from the blazing fast acceleration times, the Environmental Protection Agency’s test rates the P100D at 315 miles (507 kilometers) or 381 miles (613 kilometers) under the different New European Driving Cycle evaluation. There are no outside modifications other than new badges and inside the P90, P90D, and P100D trims now also boast the Premium Seats from the Model X.
By the way, the SUV also gets the P100D option, which allows it to sprint to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds – with a range of 289 miles (465 km) in the EPA test or 337 miles (542 km) according to NEDC. Prices kick off at $134,500 for the Model S P100D and $135,500 for the Model X, with order books already open and first deliveries slated for September.