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Published on November 7th, 2015 | by James Ayre


Ludicrous Mode Upgrade Changes From $7,500 To $5,000

November 7th, 2015 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Tesla has seemingly decided to lower the cost of the “Ludicrous mode” upgrade (for Model S owners) from $7,500 to $5,000, going by the company’s website. So, those wanting to bring the already quite impressive performance of their previously purchased Model Ss to new heights can now do so for considerably less.

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Going by some of the comments posted on the Tesla Motors Club forum thread on the subject (thanks, “ardart99”), the current plan (as far as timing goes) seems to be to for the retrofit to first be made available at the Fremont, California, service center sometime during Quarter 4, 2015 (Tesla uses the calendar year, it should be remembered — this is now Quarter 4).

Following availability at the Fremont center, retrofit availability will then be extended to various service center “hubs” elsewhere. The exact hub locations aren’t yet revealed, but those who purchase the retrofit will seemingly have some flexibility on where they take their Model S to be upgraded.

As a reminder here, the Ludicrous mode upgrade is expected to, reportedly, improve 0–60 mph acceleration by about 0.2 seconds (a fifth of a second). This may not seem like much (for $5000, or for $7500 for that matter) but considering how incredibly fast top-of-the-line Model Ss already are, the upgrade seems likely to be well worth the money to many owners — if for no other reason than to have one of the fastest cars in the world. Many Tesla owners do love to brag, after all. And many love being #1.

(Tip of the hat here to “champster” on the Tesla Motors Club forum for this.) 


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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