Tesla Model S P100D set to become even faster

Tesla suggests enhanced Ludicrous Mode on Model S P100D

Elon Musk suggests even more performance potential than the P100D’s 2.5sec to 60mph, but won’t say when it’s coming

Elon Musk has suggested that there will be an update to the Tesla Model S P100D’s Ludicrous Mode, providing even more performance from the company’s flagship.

Musk tweeted: “there will be a P100D Ludicrous Easter egg [sic] soon that uncorks the full performance,” but gave no more details.

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Recent updates to the Model S line up mean that Ludicrous Mode – which deploys the maximum possible power for full acceleration to 60mph in 2.5sec – is only available on the P100D, as a standard feature. The P90D model has been discontinued.

Musk made the reveal while discussing the changes to the Model S range, which include the option of a new panoramic sunroof.

The CEO described the new option as “very hard to develop, but it makes the interior feel amazing”.

The new glass roof is a £1400 option and sits alongside the £1800 sunroof as an alternative to the standard body-coloured roof. Like the standard roof, the new glass roof is not compatible with roof racks – only the sunroof will allow such a feature. Musk said that the surrounding body structure had been reinforced for extra safety, and said the new roof performed at a “five star-plus” level in rollover safety. “That was what took so long to develop,” he said.

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Tesla has long shown a fondness for glass in its vehicles, and Elon Musk recently confirmed the creation a dedicated glass technology to work on automotive glass, as well as the recently announced solar roof tiles. Musk said that the first automotive results of this glass-focused team will be seen on the forthcoming Model 3, which may well have a solar roof option.

As pointed out by Electrek.co, which noticed the changes on the US Tesla website, the deletion of the P90D now mean a sizable jump in basic prices between the Model S 90D at £73,900 before incentives, and the P100D at £118,900 before incentives. The gap would suggest a future non-performance 100D model is in the works.

Autocar has contacted Tesla for comment.

Phill Tromans

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