Owners of the Tesla Model S P85D who want to upgrade their ride to have “Ludicrous Mode” enabled are now able to place orders for the process. Orders are running at $10,000 a pop -- with the hardware upgrade cost being set at $7,500 and the labor costs being set at $2,500
10/18/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
Tesla Motors doesn’t stop to appease its customers.
After a few days of Tesla Model X announcement, on the Tesla’s official site appeared information regarding Tesla Model S P85D “Ludicrous” upgrade.
According to the official data, Tesla Model S P85D drivers are now able to upgrade their ride to have “Ludicrous Mode” enabled.
Ludicrous Mode upgrade costs $10,000 (hardware upgrade cost being set at $7,500 and the labor costs being set at $2,500) and available to order in Tesla’s online shop.
Hardware and software retrofit switches Insane mode to Ludicrous mode, which translates to even more intense acceleration ( see video below).
Here’s more information on that from the official site:
“Retrofit your existing P85D from “INSANE” to “LUDICROUS”-level performance. This upgrade represents a significant increase in power over the already insane P85D.”
“The LUDICROUS speed option will be available as a retrofit to all P85D customers with original vehicle orders placed before 11:00 am PST Friday 7/17. These cars will receive updated badging to P85D where the underline denotes the ludicrous upgrade.”
“Customers are encouraged to order the option. The order will be registered in our system for logistic planning and priority listing once the deposit payment is transacted. The retrofit will be made available initially in Fremont to begin in the Q4 time frame. Additional Service Center hubs for the retrofit will be rolled out shortly after. Please note that the preferred Service Center you selected may not be prioritized as one of the hubs. Customers have the option to change your retrofit location once the list of Retrofit Service Centers are announced. The deposit amount will be applied to the final price of the retrofit at the Service Center when the installation is scheduled.”
To order, or not to order: that is the question
The option for Model S P85D owners to upgrade is reportedly something of a goodwill gesture – taking into account the relatively low price for the upgrade.
If you are a speed lover, well, that’s definitely something that you must buy.
If you don’t, then, give it some thought and decide if you really need it – for a vast majority of people Insane mode is more than enough.
Will there be a lot of orders?
With 99% probability, there will be millions of orders (as it was with Insane mode upgrade) and here’s why: price of the upgrade isn’t way too pricey and for that much you won’t find anything better: how many cars can accelerate that fast? How many of them are actual production vehicles? How many of them 100% electric? How many of them cost less than 1 million dollars?
As you can see, it’s no brainer that there will tons of orders.
Let’s wish Tesla Motors good luck with that (we do hope that all orders will be delivered in time and there won’t be grumbling customers) and wait more news from them.