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

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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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23 thoughts on “Ludicrous Mode Upgrade Changes From $7,500 To $5,000

  • “Tip” of the hat, not “Top” of the hat, is the idiom.

    • There was a time when awesome meant awful and awful meant awesome.

    • Ha, I think that was probably an auto correction from Apple.

  • The latest Bond movie has a car that does 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds. I was expecting a Bond car to get better than anything commercially available. Say like 1.5 seconds. So they should have put a Tesla in the movie and shaved off 1/2 a second at the very least.

    This Bond movie was such a letdown.

    • I haven’t been let down by a Bond movie yet. I’ve enjoyed every single one.
      Sure, some of the jokes are corny, but that’s part of its charm. I even enjoyed the third one which contained the immortal line, “There are only two things in this world I can’t stand. People who are disrespectful of other people’s cultures, and the Dutch.”

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      • have you seen the newest one… it was literally a mash-up of the previous three bond movies. almost like a greatest hits movie. started off strong, but love story was so weak + bond girl was mediocre at best. I’ve had one night stands in my early 20s with girls a lot more attractive than this girl. need daniel craig to step down, same w sam mendes and get Mr. Idris Elba in there. casion royale was amazing, quantum was so so terrible, skyfall was nearly as perfect as casino royale, and this falls as a mediocre bond movie between casino royale and skyfall

        • No, I haven’t seen the latest one, and now I guess I won’t bother unless someone drags me along. Sorry to hear the Bond girls aren’t up to the standard set by Vanessa Kensington, Felicity Shagwell, and Foxxy Cleopatra from the previous movies. What a pity. And here I was, looking forward to seeing Bond battle Dr Evil one more time.

    • 0 to 60 mph in 1.5 seconds is not doable with street-legal tires.
      But then again, Bond wouldn’t have to obey the law.

      • Yeah, probably not street legal either.

  • i think this article is a good example of what should not be in cleantechnica. it is a price cut nice but has nothing to do with new technique nor being clean.

    • it’s a significant point for a lot of people, and it’s about the car that is leading us into an electric (i.e., much cleaner) future.

      • the car is fine but ludicrous mode itself is not green. you will use much more energy driving like that. and besides that the technique was already there this is only a price cut.

        you will have noticed that more people are getting the feeling there is to much tesla news. i think this article is a good example of news which is nor green nor is it new technique.

        • You are right, but you miss the point that ludicrous mode brings a lot of attention to EVs.

          For the most point people who spend the extra for extremely fast acceleration will seldom use it. Little extra energy will be used overall. But Tesla’s brand name gets an enormous bump and will lead to more people wanting an EV, even if it doesn’t include ludicrous.

          • if the ludicrous mode was new on the tesla i would understand there would be an article to point out this new technology proving ev’s are better than the old gasoline cars.

            but in this article its only a price cut.

          • Everyone has their own personal priority list. Some want less Tesla, some want more.

            The easiest way to please everyone is to put up a lot about Tesla and assume that those who don’t want to know can look at the title and move on to the next article.

            (Is that a strong enough hint?)

          • bob you seem to be under the impression that i myself are annoyed reading this article. which is wrong.

            i do not agree that posting as much as possible is the best strategy to keep many readers happy about cleantechnica and about tesla. overfeeding can have nasty side effects.
            you probably are also know the phrase: less is more.

            so i still think that this article is a good example of one which is not needed on cleantechnica. it does not introduce any new technica nor any clean brake through.

          • I can understand that many people may not be very interested in Tesla. But others are very interested.

            I’m not sure why those who are less interested get annoyed that Tesla articles appear frequently. It’s not like they are 50% of the content or that they are shoving other topics off the site. Zach puts up a lot of articles per day.

            There are sites I visit every day and find most of their articles uninteresting to me. I’m not interested in what company got a new contract or which company got an new CEO. So I skim through the daily offerings to see if I find something that does interest me (and potentially others here).

            Tesla is something unique. I don’t recall a point in time when only one company was way out in front in solar or wind or any other cleantech solution.

            If we get affordable EVs soon it will almost certainly be due to Tesla’s efforts. Either they will deliver a 200+ mile range EV many new car buyers can afford or another car company will have rushed to get into the market ahead of Tesla.

            We’re watching a company that was formed for a unique reason. Not to make a product that would make the founders wealthy, but to make a massive change in the world. That makes me interested in just about everything known about Tesla.


          • i think our opion is not so far apart.

            i think you will agree with me that a news site should not cover every news on the planet. but it should concentrate around a theme.

            do you agree on this part?

          • This site concentrates on clean energy and minimizing climate change. That’s a theme, is it not?

            Perhaps what you’re not seeing is that Tesla articles get a lot of “looks” while some other topics get few. A lot of people are very interested in Tesla and what they are achieving.

          • yes we agree on this site topics maybe we could at that clean technique’s are also a part of the topics.

            so tesla has for sure a lot of news which fits nicely on this site.

            i think we agree on that too.

            lets see if we agree on this:
            there is a shop selling solar penals in my neighbourhood the lowered their price by 20%. should this be an article on this site?

          • It depends, I suspect, on how localized/global that news is.

            If the price of solar panels or installation dropped 20% over a wide area that certainly would be worthy of an article.

          • so we agree on this part too.

            a price cut can only be interested if it is large and over a wide area over the world. not a single shop.
            that is also what i see on this site. like a price cut from enphase giving away a free envoy did not make it to the site.

            when there is a new invention which can (often in theory) make some green thing cheaper, it will make it to this site. things like a new materiel or cheaper production which could be game changers.

            so we agree on news sites have boundaries.
            this news site focus
            and that price cuts sometime can and sometimes cannot be interesting for this site.

            so whats left is is this particular price cut within the boundaries or not.

            for me it was not for you it is.
            for you it is a major step towards the introduction of ev’s

            for me it is a small price cut for only one ev brand for very little people. and these people buying this car will not really notice the price cut of 2500 on a car of 80.000 to 100.000 dollar.
            and this particular extra on this ev is not even good for the environment.
            so this combined with the complaints of some i suggested this article is out the boundaries of this site.

            off course you can disagree on this 🙂

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