The internet is buzzing because Tesla announced a new battery for the Model S and Model X. For most of us, a new car battery doesn’t mean much. But if you own a Tesla or pre-ordered one of the later models, then you will surely be excited. So why should you be excited? Well, this battery upgrade turns the already ludicrous Tesla Model S into the fastest accelerating production car in existence.
The new battery upgrade gives birth to the Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode. The difference from the Model S P90D is the new 100kWh battery pack that comes with the P100D. The battery pack improves the performance of the P100D with the car accelerating to 62mph from a dead stop in 2.5 seconds. To put it in perspective, the Koenigsegg One:1 also has a time of 2.5 seconds to get to 62mph. This means that the P100D can keep up with the One:1 for all of 2.5 seconds. Another benefit of the battery pack is that it extends the range of the P100D to 315 miles on a single charge.
The 100kWh battery pack can also be installed on the Model X. With the new battery pack, the Model X can accelerate to 62mph in 2.9 seconds which is hypercar territory. The range for the bigger and heavier Model X is extended to 289 miles on a single charge.
The cost of owning the fastest accelerating production car in the market starts at $135,000 USD. If you ordered a P90D you can avail of the upgrade for the sum of $10,000 USD. If you already got your P90D then you need to fork out $20,000 USD for the new battery pack. The additional cost will go towards recycling the old battery pack. Tesla reckons that the sale of the new battery packs will go towards funding the development of the Model 3.
Do you want to own a saloon that accelerates like a $2,000,000 USD hypercar?