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.
Gallery: 2016 Tesla Model S Update
New Tesla Model S Now the Quickest Production Car in the World
The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5* seconds. However, both the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder were limited run, million dollar vehicles and cannot be bought new. While those cars are small two seaters with very little luggage space, the pure electric, all-wheel drive Model S P100D has four doors, seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children and has exceptional cargo capacity.
The 100 kWh battery also increases range substantially to an estimated 315 miles on the EPA cycle and 613 km on the EU cycle, making it the first to go beyond 300 miles and the longest range production electric vehicle by far.
The larger battery pack is also available on the Model X, making the world’s quickest SUV even faster. Model X P100D with Ludicrous mode accelerates to 60 mph in 2.9* seconds and travels up to 289 miles EPA and 542 km EU on a single charge. Model X is also a pure electric SUV and can seat up to seven adults.
Model S and Model X are engineered to be the safest cars on the road and to have the highest ratings from NHTSA. Both have access to the Tesla Supercharger network for the freedom to travel long distance for free. And every Tesla will improve over time with free over the air upgrades.
Tesla customers who have ordered a P90D Ludicrous, but not taken delivery, can upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000. Existing P90D Ludicrous owners can also upgrade to a 100 kWh pack, but for $20,000, as their used 90 kWh pack will have to be recycled.
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.
* Expected value using max power mode and Motor Trend benchmark
Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode
Range: 315 miles (EPA Estimate) / 613 km (NEDC Estimate)
0-60 mph acceleration: 2.5 seconds
0-100 km/h acceleration: 2.7 seconds
Price: starts at $134,500
Model X P100D with Ludicrous Mode
Range: 289 miles (EPA Estimate) / 542 km (NEDC Estimate)
0-60 mph acceleration: 2.9 seconds
0-100 km/h acceleration: 3.1 seconds
Price: starts at $135,500
Model S and Model X P100D with Ludicrous mode are available to order now. Delivery timing will vary based on location (as early as next month).
Our new 100kWh battery will only be offered as a Performance / Dual Motor option with the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade (P100D with Ludicrous mode).
With this introduction, we are also bringing our Tesla Premium Seats to performance builds of Model S (P100D w/ Ludicrous, P90D w/ Ludicrous, P90D w/out Ludicrous). Tesla Premium Seats are already in all Model X vehicles.
Tesla customers who have ordered a P90D w/ Ludicrous mode, but have not taken delivery of their vehicle may choose to upgrade to P100D for $10,000. Existing P90D w/ Ludicrous mode owners can also upgrade to a P100D, but for $20,000, as their used 90kWh pack will have to be recycled. The upgrade requires physical installation of an all-new 100kWh battery pack (this is not a software update).