Tesla’s P100D Now Quickest Production Car in the World
Ludicrous is the proper word for Tesla’s incredible full-electric ...
Ludicrous is the proper word for Tesla’s incredible full-electric vehicle’s performance cred. They started off being seen as a “Go Green” take on the automobile; hated by all automotive enthusiasts who liked everything about a raspy V8 or a spooled turbocharger. With the introduction of their Ludicrous Mode on their Model S and other models, they showed the world that electric cars can go fast as well. Their AWD P90D has been seen taking down Hellcats, supercars and more off the line and up to the 1/8 mile. While many of our internal-combustion monsters generally catch them on the big end, the instant power of Tesla’s electric motors give them the advantage off the line.
Their newest creation, the Model S P100D, has taken this to another level. Not only is it the quickest Tesla ever made. It has the longest range of any production electric vehicle and takes the claim of the quickest production car in the world. While the LaFerrari can tie that claim and the Porsche 918 Spyder could slightly edge it out, these limited-production cars cannot be bought new any longer and lose their 0-60 claim to fame. In Ludicrous mode, the Model S P100D can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.
“The 100 kWh battery also increases range substantially to an estimated 315 miles on the EPA cycle, making it the first to go beyond 300 miles and the longest range production electric vehicle by far.” – Tesla
Tesla not only offers the new 100kWh motor in their Model S, but also in the new Model X SUV. This full-electric, seven-passenger SUV can go from a stop to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. That’s supercar territory for an electric soccer mom cruiser. Let’s put it this way, if you jump in your 2016 GT3 RS, Ferrari F12tdf, Ferrari 488 or Lamborghini Aventador, this SUV could keep up with you stoplight to stoplight. Nothing would humble a supercar driver more than getting beat up on by a soccer mom on her way to drop the kids off.
Tesla’s goal in selling these top-of-the-line models is to boost their ability to sell the Model 3 to the masses. The Model 3 may be the car of the future. If they can get the Model 3 to make it 300 miles on one trip, I think it may the car for the masses they want it to be. We want to see a Model 3 in Ludicrous mode! The smaller, lighter vehicle could be seriously lethal with some power from the Model S.