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Tesla’s super affordable Model 3 will come with a ‘Ludicrous Mode’ option too

Cheap but fast.


AJ Dellinger


Posted on May 2, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 8:44 pm CDT

The Tesla Model 3 is set to be the most affordable option in the young car manufacturer’s lineup, but that doesn’t mean drivers will be shorted when it comes to power; the Model 3 will feature Tesla’s high-speed “Ludicrous Mode.”

Tesla founder Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the upcoming car, which will sell for around $35,000, would “of course” include Ludicrous Mode, the popular feature that cranks the car into overdrive. 

It’s unclear just how fast Ludicrous Mode will be on the Model 3 for the time being, but if it gets anywhere near the speeds achieved by the Model S, it’ll be sure to give drivers plenty of kick; the Model S is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds when Ludicrous Mode is engaged.

The high-speed feature was introduced last year and cut down the already impressive speed of Tesla’s Insane Mode, which pushed the car from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds. The feature upped the cost of the Model S by $10,000 for anyone who thought they needed to ramp up to top speed as fast as possible.

Details on how Ludicrous Mode will effect both the car and its price haven’t been detailed, but odds are it’s not going to slow down the already overwhelming amount of pre-orders the Model 3 has received. Over 200,000 of the vehicles have already been reserved, and that’s before the announcement of beloved Ludicrous Mode. High speeds have never looked so affordable.

H/T Engadget

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*First Published: May 2, 2016, 5:10 pm CDT