Performance improvements are on the table for owners of the range-topping Tesla models

While most of the auto world has their attention turned towards the LA Auto Show, Tesla quietly made its own news when CEO Elon Musk tweeted a doozy of an Easter Egg for owners of the Model S P100D. According to Musk, the next software update for the Model S P100D will come with increased levels of performance for the range-topping Model S, including the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a spectacular 2.4 seconds.

In addition to improving the sedan’s sprint-to-60-mph time by 0.1 seconds, the same update will also shoot the model to a 10.6-second, quarter-mile time. Since Tesla hasn’t posted the actual quarter-mile time of the P100D before these updates, it’s safe to say that the Easter Eggs are going to spell a whole lot of fun for owners of the range-topping Tesla sedan.

Owners of the Tesla Model X are also getting treated to faster acceleration times courtesy of the new software update. According to Musk, the Tesla Model X P100D will be able to go from a standstill position to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, also 0.1 seconds quicker than its current capacity. Likewise, the SUV’s quarter-mile time should also drop by the same amount of time.

It’s unclear when these software updates will arrive, and Musk himself was vague on the specifics, opting only to say “next month.” That likely means the updates will arrive in December so that should make for a pretty exciting holiday present from Tesla. That is if the company is right on schedule this time, which in itself is no sure thing.

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Uhm, wow?

Say what you will about Elon Musk’s propensity to grandstand, but you can’t deny that Musk and Tesla have delivered on most of their promises. These performance improvements are likely going to be just a small part of the overall software updates, but for speed freaks who own either the Model S or the Model X, it’s a pretty sweet Christmas present to have.

If Musk’s tweet proves to be accurate - there’s no reason it won’t be - that would make the Model S P100D just as quick to 60 mph as the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder. It would also be quicker than a lot of today’s supercars. In fact, check out the table below to see how the Model S P100D compares to other 0-to-60-mph times from these exotics, according to independent sources or as shown by the manufacturer themselves.

Model 0 to 60 mph time
Porsche 918 Spyder 2.2 seconds
Tesla Model S P100D 2.4 seconds
Ferrari LaFerrari 2.4 seconds
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 2.5 seconds
Koenigsegg One:1 2.5 seconds
McLaren P1 2.6 seconds
Rimac Concept One 2.6 seconds

See that? The only model that’s faster to 60 mph than the Tesla Model S P100D is the Porsche 918 Spyder. That’s absolutely, positively intense.

As for the Model X P100D, I’m not going to make any tables for that, but here’s a list of the cars that it’s going to beat to 60 mph if the promised 2.8-second time happens.

You know what all these performance cars have in common? They can all go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds or slower. The Tesla Model X P100 D is an SUV. It doesn’t make sense, but this is the world that Tesla has created for us.

So yes, with Musk tweeting out these Easter Eggs, we’re all now going to be anxiously waiting for Tesla’s next software update to arrive.

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