Tesla Model S P100D With Ludicrous + Accelerates From 0 To 60 MPH In 2.28 Seconds

4 months ago by Eric Loveday 40

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A new day…a new Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous + record.

Motor Trend just released results from its recent Model S P100D testing. The beast of a machine set a whole slew of Motor Trend records. From Motor Trend:

“We all understand acceleration. It’s the rate of change of velocity. This 4,891-pound Tesla Model S P100D does it best, reaching 30, 40, 50, and 60 mph from a standstill more quickly than any other production vehicle we’ve ever tested, full stop. In our testing, no production car has ever cracked 2.3 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. But Tesla has, in 2.275507139 seconds.”

The previous 0 to 60 MPH record for the Model S P100D with Ludicrous + stood at 2.38 seconds set a few weeks ago. We should note that Motor Trend’s time is not an officially documented record, but neither was the previous 2.38-second run by Tesla racing Channel.

Moving on to the quarter-mile, Motor Trends recorded a 10.5-second time at 125 MPH. Again, not an officially documented record, but if it was, it would beat out the current, official record of 10.72 seconds at 120.27 miles per hour.

Motor Trend explains the sheer accelerative force of the Model S P100D with Ludicrous + as such:

“Launching a Model S P100D (weighing 5,062 with gear and driver) in full-on Ludicrous Easter-egg mode snaps your body in a manner that is utterly impossible to replicate in any other street-legal production car on normal tires and dry asphalt at a mid-$100,000 price point. We regard 0–30-mph acceleration times as the benchmark for how hard a car launches, and this new Tesla gets there 0.05 second ahead of the next quickest (aforementioned) 0.92-second 911 Turbo S.”

Imagine if the Model S P100D went on a weight reduction plan. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says a stripped down S could possibly dash from 0 to 60 MPH in just ~2.1 seconds and that’s right around the time posted by the Electric GT Tesla racing series, which just so happens to run stripped-down Model S P100Ds.

Source: Motor Trend

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40 responses to "Tesla Model S P100D With Ludicrous + Accelerates From 0 To 60 MPH In 2.28 Seconds"

  1. CLIVE says:

    Outstanding

  2. Fred Gibutr says:

    Never buy a used Tesla.

    1. Aaron says:

      Why not? The Model S has a lifetime powertrain warranty.

      1. Jake Brake says:

        Battery degredation isnt included in that lifetime warranty. Read the fine print.

        1. pjwood1 says:

          What degradation? That battery has more than one thermostatic cut-out, and apart from track use you aren’t even apt to see it. It’s a 1,000lb heat sink.

        2. Koenigsegg says:

          Do you really think that if something were to happen to your used Tesla after the “Warranty Expires” Tesla wouldn’t do a single thing to help you?

          Really now?

      2. Daniel says:

        This was copied and pasted here “FROM THE TESLA WEBSITE” to my knowledge there has never been a lifetime warranty for anything on a Tesla and if so it would likely only be applicable to the original purchaser / owner.

        “New Vehicle Limited Warranty

        Your Tesla vehicle is protected by a 4 year or 50,000 miles (80,000 km) (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty and 8 year or unlimited miles Battery and Drive Unit Limited Warranty. These warranties cover the repair or replacement necessary to correct defects in the materials or workmanship of any parts manufactured or supplied by Tesla that occur under normal use during the coverage period.”

    2. William L says:

      I won’t worry about the wear motor of the Ludicrous+ mode. Most owners won’t use it often.

      I tried the insane mode on P85D a few times, I can feel my blood pushing back in my head, and got dizzy for a few days, that was a 3.2 second car.

    3. Koenigsegg says:

      Used Tesla’s are in the high $40,000-$50,000 range

      Why the hell would you not buy a used Tesla? It is the best deal in all the land

      1. Markp1950 says:

        Used Teslas might have the free highway supercharging. New Teslas you have to pay…..

    4. bogdan says:

      Same thing goes for BMW and others. Especially for fast cars like, BMW M3, AUDI S4, etc. But I guess this problem persists mostly in Germany because they are taken to max speed every day.

  3. Driver says:

    Is acceleration that important?
    All I want is a spacious and safe car, with Long range and that’s quite fast.

    1. Mister G says:

      “If you ain’t first your last” Ricky Bobby Talladega Nights…lol

    2. Aaron says:

      Hmmm. Acceleration isn’t important, but I want a fast car. Wut?

      1. Driver says:

        It doesn’t have to be a sport car as Long IT isn’t a t-ford.

        1. Driver too says:

          Yes all drivers can’t handle fast cars. They end up with the car in stores etc., all I want is more practical ones with lots of space indoor and be able to transport much luggage. And why not Roof rack and towing possibilities.

        2. Nix says:

          Get a non-performance version. Still plenty fast.

  4. Some Guy says:

    Another value-added drag racing story. YAWN….

    1. Brian McGranahan says:

      +1. Double yawn.

    2. CDAVIS says:

      @Some Guy, It may be a boring for you but for many of us this is great news because we know it plays into supporting Tesla’s mission statement to change the public perception of EVs from being compromised performance eco geek cars to a fun no compromise hyper performance car.

      …Elon flat out is committed to retain the #1 posiition for 0-60mph production car….got to love that.

  5. Mister G says:

    GO TESLA GO…destroy all the gas guzzling, smoke producing, co2 belching, asthma inducing, foul smell ejecting ICE machines on planet earth.

  6. pjwood1 says:

    Man, I love to sing Tesla’s praises, but after the “10.9” fiasco with MT, then a Musk tweet, then nobody being able to come close in the real world, I’ll wait for the time slips.

    What does it matter? The PXXD cars already crush everything you find on the road.

    1. BenG says:

      It’s a great PR opportunity. What other car (besides a previous Tesla) goes from record-breaking quickness one day, then after an overnight software update parked at your house, goes even faster?

      Tesla’s full-sized sedan destroying the quickest production cars ever made is FANTASTIC public relations for all EVs.

  7. Stephen Hodges says:

    If I bought a Tesla I would drive it in valet mode all the time. Not surprised we get photos of them flying and leaping into buildings.

    1. Aaron says:

      Yeah, humans are really bad drivers.

  8. Four Electrics says:

    I can’t wait for the stories covering 2.27s, 2.26s, 2.25s and, of course, 2.24s. The world will never be the same.

    1. floydboy says:

      It already isn’t! That’s why the clamor for the Model 3!

  9. what says:

    why don’t they test 60 Mph-0 aswell?

  10. Ken Sherman says:

    I want to see a 0-100-0 time. The 427 Cobra was king for a long, long time at 13 secs.

    1. R.S says:

      Motortrend did that as well, 10.1s 0-100-0.

      The best one I could find was the Porsche 911 Turbo S with 9.7s. But it is probably is just the best one tested. The high performance hybrids will definitely be better and maybe even some Lamborghini, McLaren, or Ferrari. The Corvette C06 could also come close, since it breaks harder than the 911, but it also looses 0-100 by 1.3 seconds. So the Tesla might still be one of the best here.

  11. Phaedrus says:

    ..twentyone.. twentytwo… voila, 60mph! Amazing. Its not to save the planet to build cars like the MS-L+, but it makes changes into the mindsets of a lot of petrolheads, I hope. Next phase will be the availability of affordable massproduced EV’s.

  12. Huhu says:

    Can’t wait for the Tesla to break the 2 second barrier!

    1. CDAVIS says:

      Sub 2.0sec doable on Model S… easy peasy…

      Larger front motor (match same as back) or smaller motor twin front and twin back …then add an auxiliary supercapacitor Boost-Bank that kicks in at 0.4sec.

    2. ModernMarvelFan says:

      It takes 0.87 seconds to do 0-30mph. Elon already said that 0-30mph is traction limited and 30-60 is power limited.

      So, in order to get to sub 2 seconds range, Tesla needs to be traction limited in 30-60. That requires FAR MORE current and much higher voltage from the battery pack to achieve that.

      0.87×2 is 1.74 seconds. So, if the Tesla battery pack got unlimited power, then the best it can do is 1.74 seconds. Of course, upgrading tires will help slightly.

      But to get to that current/voltage level, it will need a much bigger battery pack or new chemistry that allows higher voltage and current for instant output.

      1. CDAVIS says:

        @ModernMarvelFan said: “It takes 0.87 seconds to do 0-30mph. Elon already said that 0-30mph is traction limited and 30-60 is power limited…”
        —–

        Good points. So then have the auxiliary Supercapacitor Boost-Bank kick in at 0.88sec instead of 0.4sec.

  13. R.S says:

    It think Tesla should start advertising 0-100mph stats.

    The S P100D already does 0-100mph in 6 seconds, which is still quicker than the GTR, C06 and the 911 Turbo S. And beats direct competitors like the Panamera turbo S, RS6/6 and the M5/6, by a long shot.

  14. Warren says:

    Don’t know if this is a factory ringer, but the trap speed is what really stands out as an aberration. You can get a nice launch surface and quick 0-60 times. However, to jump almost 5mph in trap speed makes no sense at all. Unless this particular car gained an extra 50hp or so somehow. Don’t see Tesla Racing Channel or Drag times coming anywhere close to the 10.5 sec quarter at 125mph. Perhaps MT is altitude correcting for an electric car! LOL. Hope I am wrong, but these results are just a little bit too far from the normal ones that we have seen so far.

  15. floydboy says:

    Wow 2.2 huh?! Okay, NOW I want my mommy!

  16. George Parrott says:

    I am a Tesla supporter; I am now driving my second Tesla Model S, having upgraded from a 2013 S85 to a 2015 P85D with Ludicrous, BUT….

    I am a sceptic about MOTOR TREND “test data” in some respects. MT does NOT buy their test cars, Actually ALL the car magazines (which I also subscribe to) get cars on LOAN from “press test fleets.” This means such cars do NOT HAVE TO BE ACTUAL PRODUCTION SPEC. They can be and have been in the past ….specially prepped for better performance numbers. MT had test data which they published on the earlier P90D which reported a quarter mile time of 10.8 second territory, BUT NOT A SINGLE OWNER CAR EVER BROKE 11 SECONDS, actually none ran under 11.18 seconds, and while this might not seem critical, even .2 seconds is BIG on the quarter mile venue.

    Hence, I would suggest, just suggest mind you, that we take this latest “breakthrough acceleration record” for a big sedan with just a bit of reservation. Until others confirm these numbers outside of “press fleet cars” then without question the P100DL is quick, but is it really a “sub 2.3 second car?”

    I have my SERIOUS doubts that actual owner cars are this quick. But I am hopeful that I will be proven overly critical. OTOH, I also want the Model 3 to arrive for customers by October 1, so I still remain “open and positive” in some areas of the “Tesla Mystique.”

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