Posted 12/16/15 in Articles
The top-level performance sedan from Tesla, the Model S P90D with Ludicrous Mode, is faster from 0-60 MPH than all other street cars except two: the $845k Porsche 918 Spyder and the $1.4m Ferrari LaFerrari. Motor Trend published an article in October 2015 about the Model S P90D that opens with an uncommon amount of hyperbole: “Stop what you’re doing right now. Stop texting. Get off YouTube, close Facebook, and pause for a moment so you can truly appreciate the times we’re living in, a world where if you have the means you can go out and buy an American-made, 762-hp, all-wheel-drive electric car that’s as capable of driving itself as it is smoking supercars off the line. That car is the new Ludicrous-enhanced 2015 Tesla Model S P90D.”
According to Motor Trend tests, with Ludicrous mode engaged and using the new launch control feature, 60 MPH in the Tesla comes in at 2.6 seconds with the driver experiencing a peak G-force of 1.1 through 14 MPH.
These numbers mean the Model S P90D's acceleration is on par with the most exotic and expensive supercars in the world. The list of cars the P90D beats to 60 MPH is a long one and includes the Nissan GT-R, the Lamborghini Aventador and the Bugatti Veyron. The magazine has only tested two cars that can beat the 4-door sedan and they both use electric motors to supplement their gas engines: the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari. The McLaren P1, another hybrid, ties the Tesla's time to 60 MPH.
The Tesla is also a capable drag racer. With a full charge, the P90D blasts through the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds, hitting 122.7 mph. That makes the Ludicrous-mode equipped P90D the fastest four-door sedan the magazine has ever tested, beating the 707-HP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 605-HP Audi RS 7 Performance at the strip. The Tesla can also beat performance cars such as the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R NISMO through the quarter mile.
The P90D reaches this level of performance while being able to seat 4 adults comfortably, along with their luggage, when not on the test track. But when used on a track, the P90D can deliver performance numbers better than most other cars. The premium sports sedan delivers these numbers without the negative environmental impact of yesteryear's gas guzzling supercars. And being electric means the energy needed to deliver that power can be obtained without using fossil fuels so the national security implications of sourcing a fuel from other countries - which causes a number of serious problems ranging from global security to economic balance-of-trade problems – can be eliminated. Those are the innovations that deserves highest praise.