Tesla Loses Its Freaking Mind, Introduces 762-hp Model S, Ludicrous Mode, New Base Model
July 17, 2015 | by Alexander Stoklosa | Photography by Michael Simari
When an automaker announces that it is updating its 691-hp, dual-motor, all-wheel-drive electric supersedan with an extra 71 horsepower and a new “Ludicrous” drive mode, it’s...
... in addition to dropping a 762-hp bomb today, also announced a new Model S 70 model (a rear-drive version of the new AWD Model S 70D); a 90-kWh battery-pack option (5-kWh denser than the current top-dog 85-kWh unit) for the Model S 85; timing on its next two models; and a Plaid drive mode for a third new model. It’s not that those developments aren’t noteworthy (besides, of course, that plaid thing), it’s just that, well, we dig power. Nonetheless, we’ve outlined each of Tesla’s five major announcements below:
Model S 70:
Yes, we know, you want the details on the 762-hp Model S, but the new rear-drive Model S 70 model is just as important. That’s because even as sales of the Model S continue to rise, Tesla has decided to offer a new, more affordable base model to slot below the recently introduced Model S 70D. That car is an all-wheel-drive Model S with a 70-kWh battery pack that earlier this year replaced the Model S 60 as the brand’s base model. The 70D’s additional driven wheels, 514 horsepower, and smidgen of extra range (240 miles) were all worthy updates, as we discovered in our full test of the car, but they came at a cost of some $5000 over that of a Model S 60. Now, the rear-drive, 328-hp Model S 70 can be had for just $70,000 with 230 miles of driving range, a savings of $6200 over the all-wheel-drive 70D.
90-kWh Battery Option:
Today, if you want the most driving range in Tesla’s lineup, you must opt for the Model S 85, whose 85-kWh battery brings an EPA-rated 265 miles of ultimate driving range. According to Tesla’s consumer site, the new, non-Performance-package-equipped 90D—an 85D with a $3000 90-kWh battery upgrade—is good for 270 EPA-certified miles of range and 417 horsepower...
Ludicrous Mode: ('nuf said ... click the Link)
Maximum Plaid Mode:
Piling on the ludicrousity of the Ludicrous mode announcement, Tesla also promises that the next-generation Roadster model, due in four years, will get a Maximum Plaid drive mode. Yes, that’s more Spaceballs goodness, and yes, we can’t wait to declare “we’re going plaid!,” strap on our helmets, and mess with that hyperdrive.
Model X and Model 3 Still on Track:
The long-delayed Model X crossover is finally going to be a thing, according to Tesla. Deliveries of that model are promised to begin in the next two months. As for the smaller, more affordable Model 3 originally promised for 2017, Tesla reconfirmed it will go on sale in two years as, we assume, a 2018 model.