Porsche won't be happy about this.
The Tesla Model S Performance is already one of the quickest production vehicles available. With Ludicrous Mode enabled, the car takes less than 2.5 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour. But as we all know, Tesla is rarely satisfied with keeping the status quo. Just a few months ago, the Model S received a massive update, increasing the range to 391 miles on the Long Range Plus version. The Performance model remained the same at 348 miles of range but now Tesla has announced a different sort of improvement for its quickest model.
Tesla now lists the 0-60 mph time of the Model S Performance at 2.3 seconds with Ludicrous +. This means the Tesla should be slightly quicker than its closest rival, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. What this will do to the battery pack of the Model S is anybody's guess.
The company's configurator doesn't mention if the improvement came from software or hardware. It simply states: "Quicker acceleration: 0-60 mph in 2.3s."
In some independent tests, the Model S has even clocked a 2.28-second 0-60 mph run with a quarter-mile time of 10.51 seconds. It is worth noting that the Taycan Turbo S has clocked a quarter-mile time of 10.47 seconds, which is slightly quicker.
Tesla recently released an update to its launch mode, which allows the cars to launch at full power and use a new "Cheeta stance" on the adaptive air suspension. It is unclear if only recently-built Model S Performance models will have this ability but either way, we doubt too many owners will notice the tenth of a second difference.
It is cool to see Tesla continue to make its cars faster but this still won't be the quickest Model S that the company will build. An even faster Plaid version was spotted testing on the Nurburgring sporting massive aero upgrades and it is rumored to include a third electric motor. Tesla says the Model S Plaid will arrive in 2020 and it should be even quicker than the current Performance model.