Own A Tesla Model S 90D, But Want To Test A 70D? Now You Can By Entering A Code Into Your Tesla


Via Input Of A Code, Owners Of One Tesla Model Can Test Out The Performance Of Other Tesla Models

Via Input Of A Code, Owners Of One Tesla Model Can Test Out The Performance Of Other Tesla Models – Via Teslafied

Via a post on the Tesla Motors Club Forum we’ve learned of a new feature for the Tesla Model S/X that has become available after the latest software update.

The feature allows Model S/X owners to select any performance mode they desire (provided it’s at or below the mode of the version of the car they own).

For example, owners of a Model S P90D can operate the vehicle in 70 or 70D mode if they so desire. This allows for the testing of the various Model S/X models all from within one car.

This feature seems particularly useful for test drive scenarios in that it would allow Tesla to offer theoretical test drives of all versions of its cars by simply selecting one of the settings available on a top tier Model S/X P90D.

For details on how to activate this feature, click here.

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17 Comments on "Own A Tesla Model S 90D, But Want To Test A 70D? Now You Can By Entering A Code Into Your Tesla"

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So smart. A Tesla store can have one car do test drives for all trims and prices.

Yes. Brilliant idea. Cuts down on demo units at galleries.

Gee whiz… I wish I could test drive the Insane mode my plain Jane S85… 😉

Hmmm. So, you could turn off the dual-motor capability too? Interesting. It might be a good way to compare efficiencies.

Not quite, physically the car still has the front motor or the 21″ wheels/tires, spoiler lip, air suspension, pano roof, whathaveyou. Also Tesla constantly makes changes that are not apparent on the outside that affect performance. For example it seems that the shutters on the passenger side radiator stack were removed at some point.

Does that mean the 90D battery weighs the same as the 70D? I don’t think so. Curb weight of the car plays a big role in efficiency.


That depends entirely on how they achieve 90 vs 70.
If it’s through cell count then they will be different, if it’s through chemistry and improved cell capacity they could well be identical.
The dual motor vs single motor is a different story, you can pretty much garauntee the extra motor weighs more than the frunk space it probably replaces.

There was an actual curb weight difference between the S60 and the S85. As I recall, it was more than 200 lbs.

I’d guess that Tesla is using only one type of cell, and that the S90 has more battery cells than the S85, which almost certainly has more than the S70.

I know there is speculation about Tesla using higher energy density cells in the S90, but so far as I know, that’s just speculation. Tesla certainly would have an advantage to using all the same cells for everything. Contrariwise, it seems pretty clear that Panasonic has upgraded the energy density (ED) of their cells since the Model S debuted in 2012, so there must have been switchover to higher-ED batteries, probably more than once during Model S production.

So switching down from 90 to 70 also includes adding a virtual passenger, which makes the performance hit of the extra weight essentially meaningless comparatively.

Tesla could take this feature limitations to the next level:

1) Produce majority of the cars with dual motors + HUD + Autopilot + Supercharger (simplify production)
2) Launch the Tesla autopilot Uber scheme where your model 3 will drive as part of the taxi fleet when you don’t need it (every mile driven will be extended in your warranty and charging done via superchargers)
3) All the revenue the autonomous Uber generates will be allocated to you via Tesla credit, which you can use to:

A) Enable the hidden features in your “base” model III (HUD, full autopilot for personal use, dual motor etc.)
B) Pay for fixes after the warranty period or pay for access to the Tesla fleet while you are abroad traveling
C) Use as rebate for your next Tesla Model Y

All this while enabling access to environmentally friendly driving to larger group of people in the urban areas

It will be interesting to see if the “90 mode” disables the front motor, I can live without the whining noise from the front motor

I love the whining turbine like sound. can this feature be enable in P85D?

How accurate would this be, given that (AFAIR) the dual-motor models weigh a bit more than the single-motor, and the larger-capacity batteries weigh more than the smaller ones?

Probably calibrated to account for the extra weight.

Taking this a bit further, I bet the Model S software could be programmed to mimic just about any other car on the market.

Imagine selecting “Ferarri” from the touchscreen. You would hear the sound of a small, high-revving V-12. You would also hear and feel “gear shifting” during acceleration, tuned to exactly match the experience of riding in the original car.

It would be fun to use, and might save some fortunate car shoppers a trip to the Ferarri showroom.

This is all just programming. They could make it run like any car they want! From a Rolls Royce, to a Chevy Chevette.

Why? So you can simulate a worse driving car?

or have lower range? and lower power?

Is it for demo fleet? Even so, the car are still different enough due to weight…

…and is there an option for simulating the toxic, noisome exhaust of a gasmobile? 😉