2016 Tesla Model S gets new Ludicrous Mode – 0-100 km/h in under 3.0 seconds, 1.1 g under acceleration


Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors – pretty much the modern-day Tony Stark – has unveiled a new “Ludicrous Mode” for the 2016 Tesla Model S. The new mode can now propel the four-door sedan from 0 to 96 km/h in 2.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in just under 3.0 seconds) and obliterate the quarter-mile sprint in just 10.9 seconds.

It will now accelerate with the force of 1.1 g, which is even faster than the feeling of falling. This is basically supercar territory, and it makes “Insane Mode”, introduced last year that was good enough to do the century sprint in 3.2 seconds, seem utterly sedentary.

The “Ludicrous mode” comes as part of an upgraded battery pack, that gives an increase from 85 to 90 kWh. This also increases the range-topping Model S’ overall output from 691 to 762 hp. Now, that’s absolutely ludicrous. Tesla also claims it’s good for an extra 24 km of range, for a grand total of 483 km if one sticks to the speed limit.

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According to WIRED, Musk attributes the burst in acceleration to “fairly advanced and exotic electronics”, and not because of the extra battery power. Tesla has developed a new fuse that uses electronics and its own tiny lithium-ion battery to detect when it will melt, and cut power if necessary.

Since the margin of error is less, the amps can be pushed higher. Before the latest update, the current was capped at 1,300 amps. Now, the battery fires out 1,500 amps of power.

Owners of the existing P85D need to fork out $3,000 (RM11,400) for the bigger battery pack and $5,000 (RM19,000) for the new electronics that enable “ludicrous mode,” while on a brand new 2016 Tesla Model S P90D, the option will cost $10,000 (RM38,000).

Here in Malaysia, meanwhile, the Tesla Model S is coming, apparently, but no, you can’t buy one.

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Anil Prabha

Anil Prabha has always been a petrol head. He also has a strange knack for remembering car models and their respective registration plates. Naturally aspirated engines are always better than turbocharged or supercharged ones, in his opinion. Ultimately, he believes that there is nothing better in life than just going for a drive.



  • heybadigol (Member) on Jul 20, 2015 at 11:31 am

    The standard Tesla S already looked like it had incredible acceleration on youtube videos. What makes it even more ludicrous, is that the supercar acceleration times is accompanied by total mechanical silence (ok, maybe tyre roar) instead of a howling/screaming engine.

    Also interesting is that no hardware improvements were made. So this is entirely software/programming?

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  • George5 on Jul 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Tesla doesn’t have model years. You can purchase this upgrade now.

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  • 2.8 seconds is nt superca level, but hypercar level ledi, bugatti veyron oso take 2.8 seconds for 0-100

    Dis car is crazy, family sedan but cn go so fast

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  • Justin Astron on Jul 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Modern-day Tony Stark? Lol do you even think? Tony Stark is the modern Tony Stark since we’re still primitives with batteries and barely doing the rocket thing. An arc reactor makes everything around us powered by energy instantly upgraded 200 years. If anything Tony Stark is still, the modern day and only Tony Stark. There’s no comparison, and no the movie had nothing to do with Musk, got to thank Stan Lee for that.

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