Tesla's new Model S P100D is the quickest production car ever made.
If you thought Ludicrous Mode on the Model S P90D was fast, wait until you see it on the just-announced P100D. The new highest-end battery pack on a Model S equipped with the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade will haul the 5-passenger all-electric sedan from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds.
Two point five seconds.
That's faster than… well… faster than any production car ever made. Tesla notes that the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder technically are faster cars, but their limited-run, hand-built, multi-million status moves them out of the "production" category. So, third fastest accelerating car ever built in a factory, the fastest car you can buy today and the fastest to ever be mass produced in a factory. Tesla's not made any changes to the top speed, which sits at 155mph (rather pedestrian compared to the 220mph of the LaFerrari and the Porsche's 210mph).
Upping the battery pack to 100kWh also brings the bonus of extended range — the Model S P100D will reach up to 315 miles on a charge, making it the first production EV to break the 300-mile-range mark. All that extra power and range comes at price, however: the Model S P100D starts at $134,500 — though that price includes both the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade and the Smart Air Suspension ($10,000 and $2,500 options separately).
The Tesla Model X has also been the recipient of a 100kWh battery pack option. Like the Model S, it's faster than ever — the all-electric SUV will now hit 60mph from a dead stop in a Ludicrous (har) 2.9 seconds and now has a top range of 289 miles per charge. The Model X P100D starts at $135,500, again with the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade and Air Suspension already included.
If you've ordered a Model S P90D Ludicrous but haven't yet taken delivery, Tesla will let you upgrade to the 100kWh pack for $10,000 more. And if you're already a P90D Ludicrous owner, Tesla will swap in the 100kWh pack for $20,000 and recycle your old pack.
An added bonus for new Model S buyers: the Tesla Premium Seats introduced with the Model X are now available for the P90D and P100D, bringing ventilation and the Ultra White color option (replacing the old gray leather) to the sedan.
If you want a 100D without the suborbital launch speeds and with the extended range (which we estimate will be in the neighborhood of 330-340 miles/charge), you'll have to wait. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that they'll be concentrating for the first several months on P100D orders — after all, there's more money to be made there to help pay for the upcoming Tesla Model 3.