The Tesla Model S P100D broke the production car record for acceleration in Motor Trend's test: 0-60 in 2.28 seconds
You read that number right. No street legal production car has, until now, done the 0-60 mph run in under 2.3 seconds.
Motor Trend tested the Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous+ (Easter-egg) mode and pitted it against the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Ferrari LaFerrari - and the results were astounding. Not only did the Model S accelerate the quickest, but it also hit the 60 miles per hour mark in just 2.28 seconds.
The Ludicrous+ mode was introduced in the December 2016 software update for the Model S, as a hidden Easter egg. After being activated, the car would heat up it’s batteries and cool its motors to provide maximum acceleration. Back in December, Tesla reported that the software update would allow the Model S to do 0-60 in 2.398 seconds, but the Motor Trend test proves that it can do much better.
The dual-motors of the Model S produce instantaneous torque that propels the car off the start line, while the gasoline engines take a while to catch up. Of course, in a longer run, the gasoline cars would win. Then again, the Tesla Model S P100D is a 5-door sedan priced at US$135,700, unlike the $188,100 Porsche 911 Turbo S and the $1.7million Ferrari LaFerrari that have two doors, racing optimization and crazy horse power numbers.
According to Motor Trend: Launching a Model S P100D (weighing 5,062 with gear and driver) in full-on Ludicrous Easter-egg mode snaps your body in a manner that is utterly impossible to replicate in any other street-legal production car on normal tires and dry asphalt at a mid-$100,000 price point. We regard 0–30-mph acceleration times as the benchmark for how hard a car launches, and this new Tesla gets there 0.05 second ahead of the next quickest (aforementioned) 0.92-second 911 Turbo S. The two run pretty even through 40 mph, after which the Tesla pulls ahead, maintaining a 0.2-second lead from 60 mph through 90 mph. The two cross the quarter-mile mark together at 10.5 seconds, at which point the Tesla is running 125.0 mph, and the Porsche is traveling 6.8 mph faster.
I trust Teslas will make for great all-round cars that you can show-off in on the street! Can’t wait to see what Faraday Future puts on the board.
Also read: Electric GT's Tesla Model S racecar does 0-60 in 2 seconds flat
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Source: Motor Trend