0–60 in 2.5 seconds with four seats, a trunk, and no emissions.
Tesla’s rumored 100-kilowatt-hour battery is real, and customers who spring for it get what the company claims is the world’s quickest accelerating production vehicle. The new Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode can zap the four-door sedan to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in just 2.5 seconds. And hold on, before you complain in the comments, note that the automaker admits that some hypercars can beat that. However, Tesla counters that they have tiny assembly runs (LaFerrari, etc.), whereas this electric sedan is widely available.
Tesla’s new 100-kWh battery is only available with the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive layout and Ludicrous mode. This isn’t just a software update to the current 90-kWh unit either, it’s a whole new component. Beyond allowing the sedan to accelerate in world-beating times, the four-door can now travel an estimated 315 miles (507 kilometers) in the Environmental Protection Agency’s test, or 381 miles (613 kilometers) under the different New European Driving Cycle evaluation.
Other than new badges, the P100D looks like the rest of the Model S range – stealthy, huh? Inside, the P90, P90D, and P100D trims of the four door get the Premium Seats previously only in the Model X.
The higher-capacity battery is also available on the Model X. With it, the electric crossover rockets to 60 mph (97 kph) in 2.9 seconds. The CUV also has a range of 289 miles (465 km) in the EPA test or 337 miles (542 km) according to NEDC.
The P100D starts at $134,500 for the Model S and $135,500 for the Model X. Orders are open now and deliveries begin in September. There are two other options, though. If you have a P90D with Ludicrous mode on order, Tesla lets customers upgrade to the new model for $10,000. For those who already have a P90D and want the extra acceleration, the company charges $20,000. The extra cost is because the company needs to replace and recycle the battery.