Does Elon Musk ever sleep? We’re not sure he does, because his groundbreaking car company, Tesla, is constantly getting better. Want some proof of that? How about this, the Tesla Model S p100D. Yes, we know, it sounds like the name of a printer. It’s not a printer though, it’s one of the world’s fastest cars. All without intervention from something as pesky as, say, an engine.
Tesla has revolutionised the EV marketplace. The company has made the electric car a very real proposition. They have fossil fuel-rivaling range, they have style, they have practicality and of course, they have speed. Lots more in the case of the latest P100D model (ink sold separately).
While speed is indeed the headline, it’s actually a byproduct. What are we on about? Well, the 100 in P100D relates to the long-awaited 100kWh battery. Tesla has been working on this for a while, because it knows it will bring more to the table. It’s actually, on paper, no more powerful than the 90kWh from the P90D. However, its larger capacity means increased range, now predicted to be a potential 381 miles. Some petrol cars can’t manage that on a full tank.
The software has also been updated, and that’s where the smiles come in. The P100D will be the flagship model, complete with four-wheel-drive and of course, ‘Ludicrous Mode’. THAT IS THE BEST MODE, ON A CAR, EVER. And what does it do? Ludicrous things, obviously.
How does a 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds grab you? From a saloon car. It’s utter madness. Though there is a caveat: you won’t be celebrating your charge range if you drive it everywhere flat out. But that’s to be expected, the same rules apply for petrol and diesel cars.
The new battery pack can still be charged quickly at one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations. Though it might take a tad longer than the P90D, what with the bigger capacity. Again, that’s not really an issue.
The P100D isn’t going to be cheap. There are no confirmed prices, but do consider the current P90D complete with ‘Ludicrous Mode’ is a wallet-punching £106k. That’s a lot, but the fact its speed-laden rivals – the Ferrari LaFerrai and the Porsche 918 – are many times more than that and it starts to look like a bargain. Plus, you can’t put your kids in the back of a 918. You could put them on it, but the NSPCC might take a dim view.
If you’ve ordered a P90D, worry not. You can upgrade to a P100D for £7,500. If you already have a P90D (with ‘Ludicrous Mode’) you can upgrade the battery for £15,000. The price reflects the fact the old battery pack has to be responsibly recycled.
The new 100kWh also makes it to the Model X. This will mean the gull-winged SUV can grab 60mph in 2.9 seconds. You won’t get an Espace doing that.
Musk seems pretty pleased with Tesla’s developments. “The fastest car in the world that you can buy new is electric. In the future people will look at gasoline cars as quaint – not how you get around.” We can’t help but think he’s right. Time will tell.
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