“The quickest production car in the world” – this is Tesla’s bold claim of its newly upgraded Model S P100D.
You wouldn’t guess it by looking at the car, but thanks to a new 100kWh battery, the all-electric Model S P100D is now capable of doing the traditional 0-60mph in a staggering 2.5 seconds (it takes 2.7 seconds to 100kph).
The new split puts the P100D behind only the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder when it comes to straight-line speed from standstill. And according to the company’s founder and all-round genius Elon Musk, the fact that both the LaFerrari and 918 Spyder are “limited run, million dollar vehicles” means that Tesla’s mass-produced offering is in a class of its own.
And it’s hard to argue with him. While the 918 Spyder and the LaFerrari were both produced in tiny numbers, at huge expense and have the everyday usability of, well, an exotic supercar, the Model S P100D comes in at under half a million dirhams and is equipped with a luxurious cabin roomy enough to fit the whole family. The new vehicle also has the highest range of any Tesla vehicle to date, with a single charge carrying the P100D almost 500km.
“These are very profound milestones,” said Musk of the new battery, “and I think they will help convince people around the world that electric is the future.”