We have heard incredible things about the latest TESLA MODEL S, from its features to numerous accelerations tests. The 4,891 pound Tesla Model S P100D has clearly passed all of the tests with flying colors. Its ability to reach a whopping 60 mph in under 2.3 seconds makes it all the more incredible. But this particular question makes us wonder about its top speed. Here in this article, we will learn more about the SP100D version and all that it has to offer.
Understanding the importance of top speed
Speaking of acceleration, we know just how important it is when it comes to performance. Being the rate of velocity change, the car is typically tested for its acceleration speed in order to know its performance. As incredible as the results are regarding acceleration speed, we rarely see tests that include the premium electric car’s top speed. Does this matter? Of course.
The top speed serves as its limit, to say the least. With incredible results such as that, we often forget or overlook some facts. We focus on the infamous 0 to 60 mph acceleration tests and forget once nearing the top speed, speedometer turns red and things may go downhill from there. It does not help that the tests that have been conducted seem to focus on acceleration speed. Perhaps it’s due to logistics such as the lack of appropriate tracks and roads to get the job done.
Tesla Model S P100D performance
Launching Model S P100D on its Ludicrous Mode was a treat. It simply snaps your body in a peculiar manner which is simply impossible to replicate. The latest Model S provides convenience from effortless driving and incredible speed. With 0 mph to 30 mph acceleration time typically used as a benchmark during launches, Tesla clearly shows its incredible strength. Compare to Porsche 911 Turbo S, the premium electric car recorded 0.05 second. A stark contrast from Porsche’s 0.92 seconds.
Both TESLA MODEL S P100D and Porsche 911 Turbo S ran alongside each other pretty evenly until they reached 40 mph mark. However, the P100D picked up the pace and pulled ahead. The premium electric car maintained an impressive 0.2-second lead once hitting the 60 mph mark, all through 90 mph. The quarter-mile was the moment both P100D and 911 Turbo S clocked in at the same time at 10.5 seconds. At the point of the test run, Tesla Model S was recorded to have run 125 mph.
The steepness shown in the initial launches and then during the curves earned the P100D the edge. It generates such powerful g-force resulting in the 1-foot front-tire cross mark. Tesla managed to hit this mark in less than 0.26 second. The initial jerk at the beginning of test run was rated 121.5 ft/sec3, at this point, the P100D has reached 5.4 mph. This is just 0.7 second behind Ferrari LaFerrari that recorded 233.6 ft/sec3 at 0.19 second.
Despite losing to Ferrari by 0.7 seconds, the fact that the P100D can keep up and put up a remarkable performance is impressive. With a top speed of 155 mph for the TESLA MODEL S P100D version, it’s not hard to see how excellent this car is.