Tesla Model S Shatters Acceleration Record After 'Spaceballs'-Inspired Update

Camille Francis
February 9, 2017

The Tesla Model S P100D went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 2.275507139 seconds beating its own previous record of 2.389 seconds achieved last January as well as its promised 2.5-second acceleration speed. Motor Trend performed the test in a P100D equipped with Ludicrous Mode, which will set you back a cool $137,800. Tesla now holds the record to beat, which is precisely 2.275507139 seconds. That makes this $150,000 electric vehicle faster than the Porsches 911 Turbo S, Lamborghini Aventador LP-750-4 SV, Nissan GT-R Track Pack, Audi R8 V10 Plus, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, or Porsche 918 Spyder. Granted, supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 pull ahead at higher speeds where horsepower trumps instant torque, but for puttering around town or coming off that red light turned green, there is not another production auto in the world that can hang with the Tesla Model S P100D. Unlike those hypercars mentioned, the Tesla Model S is a fully-electric vehicle, meaning it enjoys the benefit of being able to deliver maximum torque at an instant.

Now that the Model S P100D has been confirmed as the fastest production auto in history, the challengers will be lining up at drag strips all across the country to take on the new sheriff in town.

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[S] elect the Settings menu. The vehicle warns of accelerated wear of motor, transmission, and battery; the driver then chooses between buttons labeled, "No, I want my Mommy", or "Yes, bring it on!" The two buttons below are marked, "No, I want my Mommy", and "Yes, bring it on!"

It will then prompt the user, asking "are you sure?", and an affirmative response will condition the battery and motor with slightly raised temperature for the former, and air-conditioned cooling for the latter. All of the fun and excitement that ensues comes at a hefty price tag. The Tesla's as-tested price is $148,000.

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