Tesla’s Model S now features a ‘Ludicrous’ speed mode

The Schwartz is strong with this one.

 

Mike Wehner

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Published Jul 18, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 8:11 am CDT

Furthering its quest to change the perception of high-speed autos from gas-guzzling behemoths to sleek, zero-emission sedans, Tesla‘s flagship Model S P90D features a newly announced “Ludicrous” mode that will push it from zero to 60 MPH in as little as 2.8 seconds. 

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The vehicle itself is driven by two motors—one in the front and a high-performance motor in the rear—and even in its standard “Sport” mode it has a top speed of 155 MPH with a 3.1 second zero to 60 time. Toggling “Ludicrous” further reduces that time by 0.3 seconds, allowing it to reach its top speed 20 percent faster than the standard Model S Performance model. 

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Of course, all this speed and high-tech green power comes at a cost. With a price starting at around $90,000—and a $10,000 premium for the Ludicrous speed and range upgrade—you’re not going to be parking one in your driveway for less than a cool $100,000. 

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H/T Engadget | Image via Tesla

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2015, 12:41 pm CDT