Tesla Model S P85D Acceleration Software Update Confirmed By Elon Musk

JAN 30 2015 BY TDILLARD 19

Musk's confirmation via Twitter

Musk’s confirmation via Twitter

In a tweet yesterday, Tesla CEO Musk confirmed a slight (but significant for all you stoplight drag racers) software update soon available “over the air.”

We reported the rumors of this a few days ago: Tesla Model S P85D Firmware Update To Cut 0-60 MPH Time To 2.8 Seconds? Update: Make That 3.1.  Though mostly for the D, he added “P85 acceleration will also improve, but not quite as much” a bit later.

No news as to when this will be released, as yet.  There’s still time to order your racing slicks.

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19 Comments on "Tesla Model S P85D Acceleration Software Update Confirmed By Elon Musk"

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That was what I would expext. Not 0,4 sec that was the rumour.

Well, Tesla’s official numbers have been conservative. For example, the P85’s official time is 4.2, but has been clocked independently at 3.9. The P85D’s is 3.2, but was clocked at 3.1. So an official 3.1 could mean under 3 with the right state of charge, tires, and traction.

That still puts one in the “insane” mode :). I have a Roadster with the turtle like accleration of 3.9 0-60 and it has never failed to deliver a thrill. I can’t quite imagine 3.1.

They would have needed a new drive mode, called double extra insane, if the 2.8 time were correct.

It will be interesting to see if anyone can cut a sub-3 0-60 time. I wonder if the current time is traction limited. Would a set of drag radials help shave off another tenth or two?

I believe a set of drag radials would indeed make it quicker, for example, a challenger hellcat will do the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds with factory tires. Throw on the drag radials and that time drops to 10.8!

Drag Radials?

Yes, drag radials.

You could call it Warp Mode!

Didn’t anyone at Tesla consider calling it Ludicrous Mode?

Spaceballs 1984

COL. SANDURZ: Prepare the ship for light speed.
DARK HELMET: No. No. No. Light speed is too slow. …. We’re going to have to go right to .. LUDICROUS speed.
COL. SANDURZ: Ludicrous speed?! Sir, we’ve never gone that fast before. I don’t know if the ship can take it.
DARK HELMET: What’s the matter, Colonel Sandurz? CHICKEN???

I like every thing I have been reading about the Tesla model S, the safety ratings, instant torque, battery range, software updates, ride and handling. Just to name a few. But I am afraid to take it for a test drive because I might love it. My problem would be trying to convince my wife of our need to buy a $85,000 environmentally friendly car. We have always been frugal with our money. I don’t know how to even start that conversation. I can’t ask her to go with me for a test drive. She earned her Degree. She would know what I am up to. Probably a used one will do.

I am happy to see how well it is selling. I love the 0-60 in less than 3 seconds.

It is pretty hard to find a used one and when you do, there is not much of a discount. :-/

Since the P85D was introduced these has been a lot of P85s and P85+ go up for sale and yes they are not marked down by much.

0-60 in 3 seconds cost more than $80K. More like $125K…

$80K only get you about 0-60 in 5.1 seconds…

Depends where you live and the incentives available.

Here in Illinois, a basic P85D is $94,170 after incentives, according to their web site.

Telsa always has seemed to (purposely?) underestimate performance characteristic in the past. Either to play it safe and/or to pleasantly surprise with the actual performance later.

So we have to wonder… is “~0.1” just playing it safe? Maybe we’re gonna see something like 0.3 or more?

The Model S reminds me of the “Next Gen” version of the Starship Enterprise– it was all software driven.

If you wanted different functions or increased performance; you simply created new software for it.