Tesla Debuts Ludicrous Mode

New Tesla Model Goes 0 to 60 in Almost Record Time

Tesla, true to the man who the company was named for, continues to work at making groundbreaking changes in the field of technology. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has been helping guide along changes being made to cars seemingly just to see if he actually can. Now he may have outdone himself, especially in the eyes not only of car lovers, but of speeding enthusiasts. Musk recently announced a series of possible operational upgrades to Tesla’s Model S, with perhaps the most notable upgrade being something called Ludicrous mode. Ludicrous mode allows your Model S sedan to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a scant 2.8 seconds. This upgrade means the car can now reach 155 miles per hour in 20% less time. For those who don’t know: that is fast.

Ludicrous Mode Is A Costly Upgrade For Tesla Owners

Ludicrous mode, like most anything you would purchase from Tesla, is awfully expensive. Acquiring a Model S vehicle with Ludicrous mode costs $10,000 more than the average Model S, which is already at a base price of $70,000. Those who have already shelled out the $70,000 and own a Model S can get the upgrade for $5,000. Getting Ludicrous mode in your Tesla car also necessitates a $3,000 battery upgrade. So those who have a need for speed have a fair warning – Ludicrous mode comes, quite literally, at a price.

Ludicrous Mode Makes For One of, But Not the Fastest Cars

The Tesla model that has Ludicrous mode will top out at an electronically limited 155 miles per hour. That means that while the Model S will beat out the famous Charger Hellcat in 0-60 speed (the Hellcat takes 3.7 seconds), it still doesn’t top out as much as the Hellcat’s insane non-limited (and frankly unnecessary) 204 miles per hour. Ludicrous mode is also close to, but not quite at the acceleration times of a few of the fastest cars available for purchase, such as the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

It Will Also Be Available For the Model X, Whenever That Actually Arrives

Elon Musk also noted that Ludicrous mode would be available for the Model X SUV, although due to the size and weight of the SUV, it will take a slightly longer time to go from 0 to 60 – 3.3 seconds. This arrives on the heels of Musk’s announcement that the Model X could start being delivered in about two months. Considering people have been pre-ordering the Model X since 2012, that would be a welcome treat.


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