Older 75D Tesla Model S And X Vehicles Get 0-60 mph Bump – For Free

OCT 23 2017 BY MARK KANE 29


Tesla Model S and X at Supercharger

Earlier this Summer, Tesla announced that its Model S 75D and Model X 75D would both be receiving a performance boost because of “software and hardware improvements”.

75D Badge via Tesla Shop

The new Model S 75D accelerated from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds – a full second quicker than the previous version (5.2 seconds), while the Model X 75D got to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, instead of 6.0 seconds.

At the time, there was no mention of this upgrade being available for older cars – which suggested some hardware changes, but as it turns out, some of the older cars are indeed capable to get the upgrade; and the best part?   For free!

Interestingly, this upgrade is not available OTA, but rather only by your local Tesla Service depot.  The process can take up to two hours to upload the new software (hardwired update only); however it would be smart to first ask about eligibility of the update your EV (via the VIN number).

Notes Electrek:

“All Model S and X 75D vehicles undelivered since July 1st had the update, but Tesla “spent the last few months validating” to see if the same update is possible for a broader range of their 75D fleet, according to an email sent to Tesla’s service staff and some potentially eligible owners verified by Electrek.”

source: Electrek

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29 Comments on "Older 75D Tesla Model S And X Vehicles Get 0-60 mph Bump – For Free"

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Seems strange that Tesla can’t do this as an OTA update. Maybe there’s a firmware chip that has to be “flashed” before the new software can be installed?

The full article noted possible hardware differences. Firmware updates on any computer equipment can be tricky. If there are minor hardware differences and if there’s any chance at all it’s going to hang up, then best to have that thing in the shop so it can be rolled back if it fails.

Thank you! 🙂

I thought it would be software, as I was under the impression that the only difference between the 0-60 in 4.8 and 0-60 in 6.0 on the 90D vrs 75D was the battery as the motors were the same. Anyone else have anything to support this?

I just made an appointment with my local SC to have this done this Saturday. So exciting!


When did you pick up your car? How old is the car? Please let me know how you get on. I’m really keen to know if mine can have this update to. I thought it would be a software, not hardware, as I was under the impression that the only difference between the 0-60 in 4.8 and 0-60 in 6.0 on the 90D vrs 75D was the battery as the motors were the same. Anyone else have anything to support this?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Can’t wait to hear about the Bolt getting an OTA bump in 0-60………..oh wait.

Physically, I don’t think it’s possible to be quicker with Bolt due to front wheel drive. It would require stickier tires.

Ooo OTA updates. I can just roll into a dealer and update what I want and need. It’s not hard

Yes, and everyone just loves to visit their dealerships, as often as they can.
Lets see how many updates has Tesla issued a dozen or so? I guess the dealers would love seeing a fleet of Bolts roll into there dealerships every few months.

See this is what humans can do, we can have thoughts, but then instead of just blurting the silly things out we should consider and think about what we are saying. Especially if we are going post it on a board where people can pick it to shreds as being woefully inadequate.


“Can’t wait to hear about the Bolt getting an OTA bump in 0-60………..oh wait.”

“Interestingly, this upgrade is not available OTA, but rather only by your local Tesla Service depot”

Should I help you remove that foot out of your mouth?

What about 85D late 2015, we need a speed increase 2, so now 75D is faster than 85D?

Tesla could have withheld, for $$. This further shows they don’t sandbag easy benefits for their owners. It’s also what I think will bleed into Model 3’s approach, which is to fully tap the hardware. They aren’t a company that has historically dialed cars down for its customers.

This is absolutely unprecedented anywhere in the automotive industry!

Model S 75D cutting 0-60 from 5.2 to 4.2 seconds is like BMW upgrading your 530i engine to be a 540i for free!

Model X 75D cutting 0-60 from 6.0 to 4.9 seconds is like BMW upgrading your X5 35i engine to a 50i for free!

This is crazy. Nobody does this stuff for free.

Could it be that Tesla needed some positive news?

Focus on getting Model 3 under control please. Christmas gifts can wait for Xmas.

Putting more people onto a team trying to accomplish something does not always help. As the cliche goes, nine women cannot produce a baby in one month. Also, even if a carpenter can build a birdhouse in one hour, 3600 carpenters cannot build a birdhouse in one second.

Large companies can do several things at once, even when one of those things is of primary importance. Tesla may not yet qualify as a “large” company, but it certainly is no longer a small one.

“What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months.” – Fred Brooks

Actually, this is a great way to keep all the new Tesla service people busy that they have been hiring for the Model 3 ramp up.

Tesla has been opening new service locations and expanding current locations and hiring lots of technicians. This is a great time to have a big service initiative, and one where they can schedule these service visits at Tesla’s schedule (since people are getting something for free).

Not sure how the service centers are going to get the Model 3 to the market sooner?

Maybe Tesla doesn’t want any of the Model 3’s to be faster than any Model S’s?

Certainly Tesla wants to keep as much separation as possible between the market segments for the Model S and the Model 3, but it would not at all surprise me if the highest trim level TM3 has better acceleration than the lowest trim level MS.

Some comments have pointed to similar situations in cars which Tesla aims to compete with. I think more than one person has said the highest trim level BMW 3-Series has better acceleration than the lowest trim level BMW 5-Series?

3-Series to 5-Series are well over 10 to 1 at track events. At that, the 3’s are heavy enough to need better brakes at the hands of a decent driver.

It doesn’t surprise me BMW is interested in offering a fast, lower segment car (the 2-series is becoming the goto). What is unknown is if Tesla are interested in all the ways they could take advantage of Model 3’s low weight. Before they make a million cars, I bet They offer an endurance version. Who knows? The other side of the coin could be “no more steering wheel”. I sense conflict.

Sounds like they are again trying to undersell Model 3 and upsell Model S/X. Makes sense especially with Model 3 delays.

Now, I am starting to wonder if the recent firing have anything to do with the base Model 3 cost. The last thing I would worry if somehow that base version is no longer profitable that Tesla would have to raise price on it.

It would seem that however many that have reserved the Model 3, prior to any announced price increase, should have Access to the car, with no ‘Increase’ in price, (Maybe, as long as they don’t delay their purchase, or extend it!), but what if they decide to reduce the price?

What if, when the Tax Credit drops from $7,500 down to $3,750: If they took $3,000 OFF the List Base Price, making it just $32,000 (Less a Tax Credit of $3,750)? Who should complain about that?

What if the Long Range Battery option Also Dropped, from its current $9,000.00 to $7,500.00, at that same time? (Production scaling well, better than hoped, not enough people choosing the Long Range Battery, for example! A step to move buyers up!)

The July refresh also upped the speed for 100D Model Xs, so shouldn’t those be eligible to visit a Service Center and get an upgrade too? I believe the 100D X is faster by about .5 of a second…I’ll take it! 🙂


Tesla may need to be careful here. The differentiation in performance from one Model S to another was often a motivator for many buyers to “step up” to the next level.

Although the performance increase for the 75D does help to distinguish it from slower Model 3 much better, it does the opposite when comparing to the Model 100D. Sure the P100DL is crazy quick, but the price premium keeps it out of the hands of most.

Honestly, I think this one has turned out to be mostly “luck” vs. some “we love our customers” benevolence model from Tesla. They realized they could get more performance from many of the existing cars already out there and also likely knew that if those cars got traded in, they would certainly resell them with that added performance enabled…so why not just enable it now and get some good will out of it? ADMITTEDLY, they could have asked for some nominal fee (i.e. $500-$1500), but in the big picture they might have realized that was pennies compared to the free press. Still, a really, really nice perk for those existing owners. Merry Christmas!

what about the 75 non dual model. wtf

I sent an email in to support, and they said my VIN was eligible. I made a call to the SC, and they said my S75D (June 2017) was not eligible.

To say the least, I’m quite disappointed given the media direction.