The ludicrous speed of the Tesla Model S is getting even more ludicrous. The car manufacturer announced Tuesday a new model of its flagship vehicle that will go from zero to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.
Tesla is touting the new car, the Model S P100D, as the fastest production car in the world. While it is technically the third car to reach the 2.5 second mark in acceleration, the previous cars to clear that bar were limited run vehicles.
The LaFerrari from Ferrari, priced at $1.4 million, and the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder are the only other cars that can claim that speed. Neither broke the mark of 1,000 units sold thanks to their considerable price tag.The new Tesla Model S P100D, on the other hand, is targeted closer to the range of luxury consumer cars. It offers a four-door sedan-style setup—as opposed to the sporty, small build of other speedy cars—and seating for up to five adults, two children, and some cargo to boot.
It's still a far cry from being affordable to the average person, but it comes closer to achieving this with a starting price of $134,500.
Acceleration isn't the only bragging point Tesla touts in regards to the Model S P100D; it also is capable of traveling an estimated 315 miles on a single charge of the new 100kWh battery—an increase of 21 miles more than the 294 miles achieved by the 90kWh battery.
The Model X will also get an upgrade to incorporate the new 100kWh battery. The Model X P100D will reach 289 miles on a charge, up from 250 miles, and go from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds. It will start at $135,500.
For Tesla buyers who have already placed an order for the P90D model of the vehicles but haven't had the car delivered, an upgrade to the P100D will be made for $10,000. Current owners of P90D vehicles with Ludicrous Mode can have the existing battery replaced for $20,000, a price that includes the cost of recycling the old pack.