Both the Model S and Model X P100D could well become the quickest cars on the planet.
Tesla’s top of the line P100D models with the ‘Ludicrous upgrade’ are already, well, ludicrously quick. Indeed, they are some of the quickest cars on the planet right now.
In that spec, the Model S sedan dispatches the 0 to 60 miles per hour sprint in a scant 2.5 seconds (0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.7 secs). That is about the time it takes to say “0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds”.
And the Model X P100D Ludicrous, despite weighing nearly 5,400 pounds (over 2,400 kilograms), reaches 60 mph from rest in just 2.9 secs (100 km/h in 3.1 secs).
Yet they might be able to go even quicker. Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted as much last week when he tweeted: “Forgot to mention there will be a P100D Ludicrous Easter egg soon that uncorks the full performance.”
Full performance? Both P100D cars are neck-snappingly quick as they are. If, indeed, they are capable of going even quicker, they will surely need a health warning. Seriously strong head restraints, at the very least.
Even though they are so fast, both the Model S and Model X P100D Ludicrous achieve a usefully long range. The EPA estimates the Model S can travel 315 miles between charges, while the Model X can go 289 miles (613 km and 542 km, respectively, on the NEDC cycle).
Tesla has hidden away some fantastic Easter eggs in the past. Just this year there was the Mario Kart-like “Rainbow Road” that showed up when running in Autopilot mode. And who could forget the James Bond Lotus submarine that could be found on the main control screen?
How much quicker the P100D cars could go is anyone’s guess. Dropping into the one second range is probably too big a leap, but the Model S certainly looks set to become the fastest accelerating production car there has ever been. Youtube will surely collapse under the weight of all the videos unsuspecting passengers being scared witless by it.