Tesla Model S Gains P90D Variant & Ludicrous Mode, New Tesla Roadster Due in 2019

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After the Musk man made petrolheads squeal with the proposition of an all-wheel drive Model S, Elon pushes the envelope even further in his "Three Dog Day" presentation. Let's talk about the Model S all-electric sedan and its newest trick – Ludicrous mode.
During his presentation, Elon Musk used Ludacris' music to present the Tesla Model S Ludicrous mode. In essence, it's one step beyond Insane mode thanks to a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) stint of 2.8 seconds. Of course, this is doable only if you're behind the steering wheel of a full-on Tesla Model S P85D with two motors, all-wheel drive, essentially the full nine yards.

"Luuudicrous Mode" is an option that costs $10,000 for new customers and $5,000 for existing P85D owners. The money is spent on upgrading the main pack contactor to inconel instead of steel, increasing the max output from 1,300 to 1,500 amps. Don't worry – other software, electric, and hardware upgrades are made to guarantee the car's reliability.

According to Elon, the Tesla Model S P90D pushes 762 horsepower: 259 horses at the front wheels, 503 at the rear. Range? 253 miles (407 km). Anyway you look at those figures, they're pretty impressive.

85D and P85D owners can now opt for a bigger battery option with 90 kWh worth of electrical juice for $3,000. This upgrade provides the 90D about 6 percent more range over the 85D - approximately 300 miles (482.8 km) of highway cruising at 65 mph (104.6 km/h). Ladies and gentlemen, let's tip our hats to the Tesla Model S 90D and P90D, shall we? On a side note, the single-motor and rear-wheel drive Tesla Model S 70 kWh makes a return, costing $70,000 before incentives. That's around $5k less than the P70D.

And now for the fine details of the presentation: the "X is on track for first deliveries in two months and Model 3 in just over two years." But the most important news Elon Musk presented to us isn't what's written above, but this: "there is of course only one thing beyond ludicrous, but that speed is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid." Keep those fingers crossed the new Tesla Roadster will be that good.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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