Elon Musk reveals Easter Egg that allows for very fast sprints on Tesla Model S P100D

Article by Christian A., on November 21, 2016

Owners of the Tesla Model S P100D are sure to end the year with a bang as none other than Tesla owner revealed an early Easter Egg to be released in December. Musk initially made the announcement on Twitter though he later said that this will be applicable to all 100D models considering that the Easter Egg is in fact a software optimization.

Through this Easter Egg, owners will be able to experience their electric sedans experiencing acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 2.4 seconds. In addition, it can have the model go from 0 to a quarter of a mile in just 10.6 seconds. Through this optimization, it can result in the Model X P100D going from 0 to 60 mph in merely 2.8 seconds.

According to Electrek, Musk probably means the 8.1 software update being implemented by Tesla. Some of the changes part of the upgrade include allowing owners to control the minimum and the maximum values of the always-on temperature control. This allows occupants to ensure that the interior is within a particular range, even if the vehicle itself is turned off. Electrek added that the main question is in fact how long it would take for people to discover the particular Easter Egg that gives their Model X or Model S that added zip.

For those who follow Musk, this announcement does not really come as a surprise as he already gave a tease about it a few weeks back. Then, Musk said that a tweak would be released that would unleash the full performance of the 100D models. It is now clear that Musk was dead serious about it.

The brand had already boasted that the Model S P100D is not only the fastest vehicle to be mass produced, it is also a model that is affordable. The Easter Egg simply strengthens that boast. For comparison, both the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in roughly 2.8 seconds. Meanwhile the Rimac Concept One, whose engine has an output of 1,088 hp (811 kW), can make this sprint in 2.6 seconds.

Many agree though that this may be the best Easter Egg to come from Tesla. Other Easter Eggs in the past include the “Rainbow Road” mode which was hidden in the Autopilot system. To activate it, the driver needed to pull the cruise control stalk after activating the autopilot. The driver had to pull back the stalk 4 times in quick succession. After that, rather than the standard gray road on the dashboard, it is transformed to a cowbell road that brings to mind the “Rainbow Road” map players encountered in Mario Kart 64.

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