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The Tesla Model S P90D was already a really quick beast, and now the electric automaker has gone one further with a 100 kWh battery pack for the Model S, coming together as the new Tesla Model S P100D. The enlarged-capacity battery pack boosts the Model S’ 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint performance, shortening the elapsed time to 2.5 seconds from the P90D’s 2.7s.

On those figures, the automaker claims that the Model S P100D (only available in dual-motor AWD layout, with Ludicrous mode) is the world’s quickest-accelerating vehicle currently on sale, as it says cars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari are already sold out of their limited production runs.

More usefully, the new 100 kWh battery pack increases range on the Model S to 613 km in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) cycle, or 507 km under the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) test, making it the the first EV to go beyond 300 miles (482 km) and the longest range production EV by far, Tesla says.

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The improved battery pack is also available on the seven-seater Model X SUV, which boosts the 0-96 km/h sprint time to 2.9 seconds. With the 100 kWh battery, the Model X has a range of 542 km (NEDC), or 462 km according to the EPA. Of course, both have access to the Tesla Supercharger network and will get free over the air upgrades.

Inside, Tesla says that the Premium seats already in its Model X SUV is now also in the Model S; not just for the range-topping P100D, but also for the P90 and the P90D. Badge aside, the P100D looks identical to other facelifted Model S variants. It starts from $134,500 (RM542,763) while the Model X P100D starts from $135,500 (RM546,799).

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There’s an upgrade path, too, for owners who have already ordered a P90D with Ludicrous Mode. Those with a car on order can step up to the 100 kWh battery for $10,000 (RM40,356), while those who have already taken delivery of their P90D Ludicrious will have to pay $20,000 (RM80,708) for the swap.

P100D customers will also be helping others, doing charity. “While the P100D Ludicrous is obviously an expensive vehicle, we want to emphasise that every sale helps pay for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development. Without customers willing to buy the expensive Model S and X, we would be unable to fund the smaller, more affordable Model 3 development,” Elon Musk’s company said.

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