Thanks in part to a stripped-out interior.
Tesla might be making some big moves with the construction of its all-new factory in Austin, Texas, as well as the planned launch of its Cybertruck and Roadster, but people seem to be more interested in making and watching videos of these advanced electric vehicles bolting down drag strips and destroying traditional sports cars. We totally get it though; Tesla cars perform extremely well for their price, and even the entry-level Model 3 will blow you away with its acceleration and handling capabilities. Now comes a video that shows a Tesla Model X breaking into the ten-second range on the quarter-mile.
The Model X in question has been updated with the latest Cheetah Mode software which lowers the front end of the car and leaves the rear end in the same position, mimicking the stance of a Cheetah before it pounces. Launch mode is made easier to engage, and there's a 50 horsepower boost to peak power. According to Tesla, this drops the zero to sixty time to an astonishingly low 2.3 seconds, which is a time bracket usually reserved for million-dollar hypercars, and acceleration above 80 mph is also improved to match gas rivals. The Model X has to be one of the fastest accelerating SUVs in the world.
The chrome-wrapped Model X seen in the video lines up for the quarter-mile at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida and manages to cross the line in only 10.9121 seconds, making it the quickest Model X and the first to break into the ten-second bracket. The car is recorded crossing the sixty-foot line in 1.92 seconds, and sprinting to sixty in 2.88 seconds. The previous record, set by a Model X P100D was a blistering 11.28 seconds. The new record-setting car has however had some modifications done to achieve this time, most notably the removal of most of its interior to save on weight. In the video, one can see that the trunk liner under the hood and even the flooring covering the battery pack has been removed. We recommend watching the video to see just how hard this Model X launches.