While it isn’t quite the fastest production car ever made, the new Model S P100D by Tesla is the third. And unlike the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, it also won’t cost you a million plus sterling. Which is why the P100D might be the most exciting release of the year!
Not only will they cost you an arm and a leg, both the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder were limited run, which means they can’t be bought new. That makes Tesla’s Model S P100D the fastest production car on the planet.
So how quick is it? Well, when it’s put into its aptly named ‘Ludicrous Mode’, the P100D can do 0-60 mph in a staggering 2.5 seconds. That’s ridiculously rapid for something that looks like your local estate agent could drive and nobody would batter an eyelid.
But don’t be thinking Tesla have compromised too much to get that speed; it achieves all this power through a 100 kWh battery, which incidentally also increases range significantly to an estimated 315 miles on the EPA cycle and 613 km on the EU cycle, making it the first car to ever go beyond 300 miles and the longest range production electric car by quick some distance.
While the LaFerrari and the Spyder have small two seaters with very little luggage space, this pure electric Tesla comes with 4 doors, all-wheel drive, and seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children. And that’s without even mentioning the room in the boot.
The P100D comes in two models, the Model X and the Model S. The Model X P100D has the larger battery but with smaller production numbers – though no less incredible. With Ludicrous mode, the X accelerates to 60mph in 2.9 seconds and travels up to 289 miles EPA estimated and 542 km EU on a single charge. That’s still mightily impressive. It’ll also seat 7 grown Joes.
Once again Tesla seem to be pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in an electric car. And with the P100D, they’ve certainly produced something that’s going to set a new standard. It’s also very fairly priced with the Model S starting at $134,500 (around £102,000) and the Model X starting at $135,500 (around £103,000). Head over to the Tesla Website for more details.