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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tesla Model X Crossover Will Get 'Ludicrous' Mode, Too

As reported by Popular Mechanics: On Friday, Tesla rocked the automotive world by announcing "Ludicrous Mode," a battery and circuitry upgrade that ​makes the new top-of-the-line Model S P90D capable of 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds. All that fun's not just for the sedan set, though:Bloomberg reports that Elon Musk promises the upcoming Model X crossover will also have the option of Ludicrous acceleration.

Thanks to some added mass, the Model X will "only" be capable of sprinting 0-60 in an estimated 3.3 seconds in Ludicrous Mode, Musk said. "We haven't tested it yet, to that's just a guess," he admitted, adding, "that's mad for an SUV, obviously."


It sure is: The next-fastest crossovers we can think of are the Porsche Macan Turbo and Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG, both of which take a full 4.2 seconds to reach 60, and neither of which offer the Model X's seven-passenger capability and goofy/awesome gullwing doors.

Of course, you can walk into a Porsche or Mercedes store and buy either of those hot crossovers today. Meanwhile, the oft-delayed Model X is now promised "in a few months," per Musk. We've been hearing that tale for some time now.

As for the long-promised Model 3, the affordable family sedan from Tesla? Musk says that one is "on track in just a few years."