Tesla Launches New Battery: Now Holds Record for the 3rd Fastest Car in Production

Chaitanya Tapase

Elon Musk is not resting on his laurels. At an event held in California on the 23rd of August, he announced the newest product Tesla has come up with: the Model S P100D with a 100 kWh battery running dual motors and performance upgrades. This adds to the ‘Ludicrous Mode’ which can accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, making it the 3rd fastest production car in the world.

3rd fastest production car in the world - Tesla P90D | Image courtesy: Tesla
3rd fastest production car in the world – Tesla P100D | Image courtesy: Tesla

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

The upgrade that Tesla has incorporated here is substantial. To put it in perspective, the only two production cars that are faster are the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder. Not only are these made by companies that have been making cars for eons, but also specialize in making really fast cars. Tesla said it best in their statement –

While those cars are small two seaters with very little luggage space, the pure electric, all-wheel drive Model S P100D has four doors, seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children and has exceptional cargo capacity.

If that hasn’t got your attention yet, then let’s also talk mileage. Folks who prefer their cars running on traditional fuel usually argue that their vehicles can run 400 miles on a full tank. With the P100D now going 315 miles (or 613 kms on the EU cycle) on a full charge, this car should appeal to these buyers more.

The larger battery pack will also be available for the Model X, making it the world’s quickest SUV.

Tesla cars spec comparison | Image courtesy: Inverse
Tesla cars spec comparison | Image courtesy: Inverse

Elon Musk: Eyeing the Future

It’s no secret that whatever project Elon Musk has undertaken has been about the future. Whether it be an all-electric vehicle that can be autonomous, or building a company for Space exploration. At the launch of this new model he said that improving the battery capacity by a little over 10% was a major challenge. He also recognizes that the P100D with a base price of $134,500 is not cheap, but hey, when compared to the almost million-dollar tag for the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, it’s still cheap.

Are You Buying?

Tesla have worked on their fleet of cars for years and are at the brink of something extraordinary. At least, that’s what we geeks and nerds feel about it. How about you? Will you be buying the new Tesla if it’s available in your country? Do let us know.

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Chaitanya Tapase has varied interests in Technology from Android to Windows to DSLR Photography. On weekends, you'd find him catching up on TV Shows like Game of Thrones and enjoying House Music.