The Tesla Model S can fly from zero to sixty faster than any street legal car on planet earth. This would include any high-end sports car manufactured by Lamborghini, Bugatti, or any other crazy sports car that comes to mind.
Now, let’s define the difference between the world’s fastest and the world’s quickest car. The world’s fastest car is defined as the car that has the highest top speed in the world. The world’s quickest car is defined as the car with the fastest 0-60 time. The Tesla Model S is nowhere near the title of the world’s fastest car with a top speed of 145 MPH, but it reigns supreme with a stupid fast 2.2755 second 0-60 MPH time tested by Motor Trend.
Tesla is famous for its fast, luxurious, fully electric cars. The Tesla Model S P100D is currently Tesla’s highest end vehicle with 760 horsepower, all-wheel drive, with a 0-60 MPH time of 2.2755 seconds. A Tesla Model S P100D retails for roughly $160,000 fully customized with all of Tesla’s extra features and options. Now, compare that to a $1.5 million dollar Ferraro LaFerrari, or the $1.1 million dollar McLaren P1, and the Tesla Model S looks like a steal. The Model S also offers room for seating up to 5 people, and two large storage spaces, as compared to two seats and no storage in most high-end performance sports cars.
Motor Tend also mentioned the weight of the Model S. It weighs in at around 5,000 pounds without any passengers, making it a heavier car. The weight, however, may be the secret to its performance. Without the weight pushing the tires down onto the road, the power pushed out by its fully electric motor would just cause the tires to spin, reports Motor Trend.
To run the test, Motor Trend used the new Ludicrous Speed Easter Egg to achieve the 2.2755 0-60 time. The Easter egg was added in a recent software update, which uses the heating and cooling system of the car to gain additional performance from the battery. The driver then uses a launch control mode to take off. The acceleration itself starts to decline after 60 MPH in the Model S, due to limits on the battery and the technology itself. Meaning in a quarter mile the Model S will still be beat by a high-end sports car because high-end sports cars continue acceleration at a higher rate after 60 MPH.
Tesla has a huge change to take over this year. Ford announced that it will invest $1 Billion into an electric car, acknowledging the competition from Tesla. Tesla has a major advantage with the ability to push software updates. Elon Musk is able to acknowledge requests from social media, and usually within a few weeks practical requests become reality with a software update. This alone separates Tesla from all of the other major car manufacturers. This last weekend, the Tesla mobile app received a major redesign that brought new functionality, reliability, and performance enhancements, all of which were being requested by customers for years. The app also features the ability to see how many charging stations are available at Super Chargers, a feature that was just recently added to Tesla vehicles in the last software update. Production of the Model 3 also begins in just a few weeks, and Tesla has already promised high performance standards for the $35,000 car. If these promises become a reality, the Model 3 could become the must have electric vehicle for everyday people, thus taking customers from Ford and Chevy whose electric cars are priced in the same ballpark.
It will be an interesting year no doubt, and Tesla may become a household name within the next year.