American electric car manufacturer, Tesla, has recently unveiled two new EV models: the Tesla Model S P100D and the Tesla Model X P100D. Their initial pricing was put at £114,200 and £117,200 respectively.
The two cars come with a much more powerful battery, typically enabling the Model S P100D to go from 0mph to 60mph in only 2.5 seconds. And as revealed by Tesla founder billionaire Elon Musk in a tweet, this could get even faster!
In the past, Musk stated that there were just two cars capable of getting to 60mph faster: Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari. That means that Tesla’s Model S P100D is capable of beating the McLaren F1. For an EV, that’s incredible improvement!
For now, this model is going to be limited to a few units due to technical difficulties with production. Musk says that the challenge in manufacturing this model arises from the fact that in addition to its higher capacity, Tesla engineers have to also ensure that the car is both effective and safe for use.
Tesla is offering an option for its customers who’d already ordered for the P90D with Ludicrous mode to upgrade to the 100 kWh battery pack of the P100D for an additional cost if they haven’t collected their machines. As for those who already own a P90D, you can also upgrade to the higher capacity at a higher fee.
Although the P100D’s 100kWh battery pack outputs the same power as the P90D’s 90kWh, it has better performance since its range goes up to 381 miles (613km). As for the enhanced acceleration time, 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds is achievable via enhanced updates to the car’s software and powertrain. The Model X P100D reaches the same speed in 2.9 seconds at a range of up to 337 miles.
For the Model S P100D, the P100D moniker also means that it gets 4-wheel drive, too. Earlier in the year in a move that was meant to make the range simpler for consumers, Tesla had removed the 85kWh versions of their Model S saloon car from the market.