Asked on Twitter if the upcoming Tesla Model 3 would have the stupid-fast Ludicrous Mode acceleration upgrade option, Tesla CEO Elon Musk's reply was quick and to the point: of course.
@vigneshraju of course— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 30, 2016
Ludicrous Mode is an option currently available for the Tesla Model S and Model X, and it serves one purpose: even faster acceleration. On a standard trim Tesla the limiting factor in acceleration is not the capabilities of the motor or the battery — it's the wiring between them. When the PXX performance models were launched they included an Insane Mode switch for snappier acceleration, cutting the 0-60 mph time from 4.2 seconds to 3.1 seconds.
Not satisfied, Tesla produced the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade, which includes a new pyrotechnic electronically-detonated fuse and a whole new wiring harness between the battery and motors that ups the maximum current flow from 1300 amps to 1500 amps. The end result is that it shaves 0.3 seconds off the 0-60 time for the Model S, bringing it to a, well, ludicrously quick 2.8 seconds. Ludicrous Mode is also available for the Model X, bringing the 3-ton SUV up to speed in a similarly-snappy 3.2 seconds. You'll pay $10,000 for the privilege, however.
What form a Ludicrous Speed Upgrade will take on the Model 3, we're not certain. When the car was introduced, Musk said the car would do 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, which frankly isn't that far off from the 5.5-second 0-60 time of the base Model S 70. So, just like the Model S, which is available in everything from a 70kWh single-motor rear-wheel drive car to a P90D with dual motors for all-wheel drive with a Ludicrous Mode wiring upgrade, we can expect the Model 3 to be available with a wide range of performance options.