Tesla’s “Ludicrous Mode” can push the Model S to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 15, 2015

Tesla’s newest Model S variant can go from a standstill to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds – a $10,000 option that is aptly named “Ludicrous Mode.” The automaker’s Insane Mode pales in comparison with its 3.2 seconds record for the setting offered on the brand’s previous high-end model, the Model S P85D.

In a conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told reporters that the Insane Mode was “incredibly well-received” and so the company found a way to do even more from an engineering point of view. He said that the 2.8 seconds time places its large sedan, the Model S, in line with the fastest sports cars existing today.

It is even faster than Porsche’s top-end 911 Turbo S, which can hit 60 only after 2.9 seconds. In addition, Tesla announced two more Model S variants. The first – a new rear-wheel-drive base model named the 70 – has a starting price of $70,000 (excluding any incentives).

The second is a longer-range 90 model, which is powered by a 90 kWh battery that allows the vehicle to be driven for around 300 miles on the highway on one charge. Existing owners can get the upgrade from the 85 kWh battery pack for $3,000.

With these additions, the Model S lineup now has 9 models that have different battery capacities and come with a variety of rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive and high-performance variants. The Ludicrous Mode option is offered on the P90D, which now currently sits at the top end of the Model S line.

It has a starting price of $119,200 (including destination costs). Tesla claims that this car can go 253 miles on one charge. Those who bought the newly launched awd P85D may upgrade their cars to include the Ludicrous Mode for $5,000, as well as the labor cost of the hardware upgrades the new mode needs.

These include a new fuse with its own electronics and lithium-ion battery. The Ludicrous Mode may run for a quarter of a mile in just 10.9 seconds, making it faster than a Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Musk said that this mode will also be offered on the upcoming Model X crossover. Musk said that the Ludicrous Mode hasn’t been tested in this vehicle yet but he expects it to take 3.3 seconds to arrive at the 60mph mark – a speed that is “mad” for an SUV to achieve.

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