He announced the introduction of "Ludicrous Mode" for the high performance variant of the Model S.
In Ludicrous Mode, Tesla claims the upgraded P85D Model S will be able to 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds — an improvement from the already stunning 3.1 seconds in "Insane Mode."
The previous acceleration was up there with the world's fastest supercars. But in Ludicrous Mode, an all-electric four-door is catching up or matching hypercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari (0-60 in 2.6 seconds) and McLaren P1 (0-60 in 2.8).
When asked on the call whether Ludicrous Mode had been requested by customers, Musk replied, "No one was asking for Ludicrous Mode because it was too ludicrous."
"The car can accelerate at 1.1g, " Musk said. "That's faster than falling."
In an amusing nod to the ludicrous-ness of Ludicrous Mode, Tesla's press release called it "Luuudicrous Mode."
And for what it's worth, rapper Ludacris was the warm-up music for the call, via Tesla's normally space-age New Age-y Muzak. The whole thing is a reference to the 1987 Mel Brooks "Star Wars" satire, "Spaceballs."
Technically speaking, Ludicrous Mode is enabled by a battery pack and electronics upgrade that effectively extends the acceleration of the P85D past a 30 mph threshold. Once you get to 30mph, the P85D can't boost the power it's extracting from its batteries to bust through the 3-second barrier without melting a fuse. With the upgrade, which will cost $10, 000 for new Model S buyers and, for the next six months, $5, 000 for existing P85D owners, the car can maintain Insane Mode power up to 60 mph and beyond.
It's effectively an acceleration extender for Insane Mode, for those customers who might suffer from acceleration anxiety.
YouTube/MGMLudicrous Speed.Musk pointed out that performance comes in a vehicles that, properly configured, can seat 7 people. And no suspension or chassis upgrades to the existing Model S were required, to handle the additional speed.
Some additional stats: according to Tesla, the upgraded S will be able to run the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds and reach 155 mph in 22% less time.
Ludicrous Mode will also be available on the upcoming Model X crossover SUV. Musk estimates the Ludicrous Mode-equipped Model X cars to be able to hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
Tesla also answered the question of what cames after Ludicrous: "There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid, " the company said.
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