Tesla Model S P100D Versus 100D – Race Video

2 days ago by Eric Loveday 16

Is it still worth the $36,000 cost to upgrade from a Tesla Model S 100D to the performance version, the P100D?

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DragTimes recently tested the two side-by-side in an effort to answer that exact question, after the standard 100D’s full performance was unlocked by Tesla this Summer.

The result? Well, that depends on how much you think a 1-second difference from 0 to 60 MPH is worth.

Video description:

What does a 1 second difference from 0-60 MPH look like in the real world and is it worth the $36,000 upgrade cost from the 100D to P100D in the Tesla Model S?

We test out the Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Plus mode against it’s less expensive sibling, the 100D to see what the 1 second performance difference to 60 MPH looks like in a stop light race.

In our opinion, the Model S 100D is more than quick enough, so we’d save that extra $36,000 and perhaps put it towards something like a Tesla Model 3 or a new Nissan LEAF, but if ultimate acceleration is your game – there is really still only one option.

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16 responses to "Tesla Model S P100D Versus 100D – Race Video"

  1. John says:

    At the end of the day, it all comes down to net worth. $36k is drop in the bucket for many folks that can entertain paying $144k for a car. And then $36k is maybe as much as some households bring home in a year..

  2. WARREN says:

    Much bigger difference that the numbers would make you think. Yes, I definitely think it’s worth it.

  3. SparkEV says:

    1 second difference is 70% difference in percent. That’s the difference between SparkEV vs. Leaf/eGolf/SoulEV/etc.

  4. bro1999 says:

    I believe the “P” versions of Teslas are also more expensive to insure, so there’s another cost factor.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      You’ll laugh it off.

      Lopping a second from any cars performing in the 2-4 second 0-60 class, is a Yuge leap.

      P100D is almost as good as Storm Runner’s 0-72mph, in 2.0 seconds.

      The ticket is just a little more expensive, but you’re always at the front of the line.

    2. ffbj says:

      It’s a point. Around $400 more for the P a year. 3k as opposed to 2.6k.

  5. philip d says:

    I know at the end of the day it’s still and will always be a 5 seat luxury sedan but it would certainly future-proof demand for their most expensive S version if they included into that $36,000 markup a more aggressive motor, electronics and battery thermal management system which would allow the P100D to use its maximum performance for at least slightly longer periods.

    As their flagship vehicle that will always be sold in fairly low volume it certainly wouldn’t hurt for marketing purposes to give it just even a little bit more track presence.

    Surely as battery energy density increases they can afford to add the extra weight that this management system will bring. Not that it would be required to outperform track oriented performance cars, which is what the Roadster 2.0 will be for, but it would just need to keep up with other more performance oriented luxury type sedans while still blowing them away in the 1/4 mile.

  6. cab says:

    While I have not browsed the Build a Tesla site lately, for the most part you have typically been able to option up a “base” model Tesla with all the same exterior and interior options as a fully loaded “P” car. The end result is that other than the “performance” you don’t get anything else to distinguish the car.

    In much of the competition, the higher end models will come with (or at least have available) options EXCLUSIVE to those cars to help them stand out or at least feel a bit more special. As a comparison, my wife and I had a ’01 BMW 530i and an ’02 BMW M5 at the same time. The M5 had a full leather dash, full leather door panels, unique (to the M5) nappa leather seats, unique M5 wheels, etc. None of the items I listed were even available as options on the 540i M-Sport. It’s not just about the “power” for buyers.

  7. ffbj says:

    Mot worth it to me. I would get the 100 and a Model 3.
    Funny they blurred out the face. I suppose for legal reasons that it’s not legal to race on public roads.
    So they can say they are going to race, they can show the cars racing, but they conceal the driver so no actual proof exists that they did race.

  8. Terawatt says:

    Boringly it seems everyone can agree on this one! One second is a really big difference when the times are this low, and surely the P will feel much more brutal simply because it is. It’s well worth every penny to a certain type of buyer, and definitely not worth it to the vast majority.

    1. Asak says:

      The thing is, while it’s impressive the reality is such insane acceleration isn’t really safe. So you’re paying a lot for something that based on common sense you shouldn’t even use.

  9. Huhu says:

    Worth every penny and more for performance minded people, including me. 1 second difference in super-cars typically cost at least 10 times more than $36,000.

    1. mx says:

      Yes, if you want to be Top Dog on the road, it’s worth it.

  10. Nix says:

    Looking at the closest ICE comparison, $33,000 dollars only buys you 0.8 seconds faster, and still nowhere near under 3 seconds:

    2018 Audi S7 $81,200 0-60 4.5 seconds
    2018 Audi RS7 $113,900 0-60 3.7 seconds

    With ICE cars, it just keeps getting more and more expensive to cut another second off of 0-60 as the speeds get faster.

    Whether it is personally important enough for any individual person to spend the money isn’t really the question. Heck, some people have no reason to have 0-60 faster than 10 seconds. What is more important is whether the performance delivers similar value per dollar compared to other EV’s or ICE cars in a similar class and performance. When looking at that, it seems quite clear that the price is in line with at least this example.

    1. mx says:

      Also, the noise and the stink of the ICE solution, the pre-roar before you move anywhere.

  11. Big Solar says:

    buy the 100D and use the 36k left to buy the wife a Bolt.

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