Tesla's New Model S P100D In Ludicrous Mode Trails The Porsche 918 Spyder

Aug 25, 2016 05:29 AM EDT | Sovan Mandal

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Tesla's rumored 100kWh battery is finally official and is available as an option for the top end Model S and Model X variants as of now. Of course the biggest shout-out with the new enhanced power-pack is the improvement it brings to the Ludicrous Mode with the 0 - 60 mph time now reduced to 2.5 secs on the Model S. 

That also pitches the Model S P100D slam-bang in hyper car territory with just two other cars, the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder doing better. Both are limited edition vehicles that commanded well over a million when introduced.

For comparison's sake, the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder does the 0 - 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. The Model S P90D does the same in 2.6 secs.

Worth mentioning, the new P100D betters its P90D cousin by just 0.1 secs. The same 100kWh battery also adds to the sprinting ability of the Model X, with the 0 - 60mph coming up in 2.9 secs against the earlier 3.2 secs, TechCrunch reported.

Range gets boosted too with the Model S now being EPA certified to travel 315 miles on a single charge, a 7 percent improvement over the 294 miles that the P90D is capable of. Similarly, Model X P100D now offers a range of 289 miles against the 250 miles it managed with the 90kWh power-pack on-board.

Tesla said the powertrain remains just the same though there are some improvements meted out to the cooling elements and the electronics. According to Electrek, existing P90D can be upgraded to have the 100kWh battery but will cost $20,000. That would call for the 90D battery pack to be replaced which would then be recycled.

Further, those who have ordered the P90D but haven't yet taken delivery of the vehicle are also eligible for the upgrade to P100D. In that case, they will have to pay an extra $10,000.

About 200 P100Ds are being made at the moment, which makes for just 10 percent of the 2,000 vehicle per week that Tesla is producing at the moment. The company though said the P100D share would be going up in the coming weeks.

As for the price, the P100D will set one back $134,500 while the Model X P100D will cost $135,500. Deliveries will start next month itself for booking made now.

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