Tesla has announced a raft of upgrades for its Model S all-electric sedan range today, revealing a new "Ludicrous Mode" that can launch the Model S P85D to 100km/h in a supercar-crushing 3.0 seconds as well as a more affordable entry-level model.
Prices for Australian-delivered cars remain largely static, but the introduction of the new single-motor Model S 70 means new buyers will only need $100,100 (before on-roads) to step into a Model S.
The Model S 85 gets a $700 haircut and now costs $114,200, but the 70D, 85D and P85D remain at $106,900, $121,000 and $148,000 respectively.
A battery pack upgrade has also been added to the Model S options list, allowing buyers (and existing owners) of 85 and 85D models to pump up their battery output to 90kWh for $4100.
The result is a five percent increase in total range. On the Model S 85D, the upgrade means you can drive up to 554.4km before the charger needs to be plugged in.
But that's not quite as impressive when compared to the sheer thrust offered by the Ludicrous Speed option, which is available exclusively on the P85D for 13,500.
By developing a new smart fuse and more robust battery components, Ludicrous Speed enables a full 1500 Amps to be dumped into the electric motor - a generous increase on the P85D's standard 1300 Amp rating.
The result is a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 3.0 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.9 seconds. It's also 20 percent quicker to 250km/h.
The rest of the Model S range's specifications remain the same, though the pricing for options like air suspension, Autopilot and high-end audio have risen by $200. For a full price list, see below:
- Model S 70: $100,100
- Model S 70D: $106,900
- Model S 85: $114,200
- Model S 85D: $121,000
- Model S P85D: $148,000
- Ludicrous Speed upgrade: $13,500
- 90kWh Battery upgrade (85 models only): $4100
- Autopilot: $3400
- Air suspension: $3400
- High-fidelity audio: $3400
- Premium interior package: $4100
- Winter package: $1350
All prices do not include on-road costs
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