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Tesla Has New Update For Model S And Model X P100D Variants

Tesla Has New Update For Model S And Model X P100D Variants

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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Tesla Quietly Drops Model X 60D from its Lineup

Tesla Quietly Drops Model X 60D from its Lineup

The 75D becomes new entry-level variant of the Model X

Elon Musk’s tweet about the unexpected product launch on October 17 may have grabbed the headlines the past few days, but something just as important has happened in Tesla, and it’s about the Model X, or more specifically, the 60D variant of the electric people mover. Apparently, and very quietly, Tesla has dropped the Model X 60D, leaving the 75D variant as the new entry-level version of the Model X.

Tesla has yet to come out with an explanation behind scrapping the Model X 60D a mere three months after introducing it, but given the company’s motives of pushing hard and trying to maximize its sales efforts, the 60D probably wasn’t selling as well as Tesla thought it would. That could have prompted the company to cut the cord on the variant to streamline production, leaving potential customers with no other option but to pay a higher base price of $85,000 before tax credits to own the Model X. It’s an added cost of roughly $11,000, but Tesla could be banking on the idea that if somebody could afford 60D and its base level price tag of $74,000, it has the financial capacity to pay another $11,000 to get the extra features, including “unlocking” the battery’s capacity to have a minimum range of 237 miles.

It’s unclear if Tesla is going to shed light on the decision to ax the 60D at the product launch Musk announced over the weekend but you can be sure that the question is going to be asked because of the nature by which Tesla killed off the variant in the middle of the night so soon after touting it to the world. In any case, you can chalk this one up to the variant probably not living up to the expectations Tesla had for it and the company cutting the cord quickly to streamline its own production volume.

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Tesla's Autopilot Drives Man to Hospital. Did it Save his Life?

Tesla’s Autopilot Drives Man to Hospital. Did it Save his Life?

Tesla’s Autopilot system has had its share of controversies, including a series of high-profile crashes that have led some people to question the technology’s reliability. Needless to say, Tesla needed some form of good publicity for the Autopilot system. The automaker may have found it in 37-year old lawyer Joshua Neally, who credits the polarizing technology for getting him to a hospital during a medical emergency that almost cost him his life.

Speaking with Slate, Neally recalls making one of his daily 45-minute commutes from his workplace in Springfield, Missouri to his house in Branson, Missouri. On that particular day in late July, Neally said he felt comfortable using the Autopilot system of his Model X to make the drive home. Five minutes into his journey, he felt a sharp pain in his abdomen that moved its way to his chest. Fearing that something was seriously wrong, Neally was able to reroute the Model X’s navigation system to a hospital that was 20-something miles away and according to him, the system got him to the emergency room in time for him to get medical treatment.

Doctors eventually diagnosed him with a pulmonary embolism, an obstruction of a blood vessel in his lungs that could have led to his death had he not gotten to the ER on time. The harrowing ordeal had a happy ending because the Autopilot system did its job, or at least that’s what the lawyer believes. He did admit that in hindsight, it might have been better if he had just pulled over and called 911 but in the heat of the moment, as he was writhing in agonizing pain, he put his faith on the Model X’s Autopilot system and it delivered.

Whether the technology saved Neally’s life is a discussion in and of itself, nobody would disagree that it played a significant part in him being alive today to tell the story.

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Elon Musk Confirms a Future Tesla Pickup & Semi Truck!

Elon Musk Confirms a Future Tesla Pickup & Semi Truck!

Tesla expands its horizons with several upcoming models

The Internet is abuzz with Elon Musk’s latest bloggings: “Master Plan, Part Deux.” And rightfully so. Musk’s scribblings detail a 10-year to-do list for Tesla that includes solar-powered cars, increasing autonomous driving safety, and ride sharing. But that’s not all. Musk plainly admits Tesla will expand its reach into various automotive segments, including a new compact SUV, a pickup truck, and commercial vehicles like semi trucks and city buses. Yep, it seems there’s no stopping Tesla’s momentum.

While the news of semi trucks and city buses is new, this isn’t the first we’ve heard Musk talk about a pickup truck. It was back in January 2016 during an on-camera interview in which Musk was asked if a pickup was a possibility. His response? “Quite likely… It’s sort of a logical thing for us to do in the future.” And it was just last week TopSpeed published our speculative rendering of a Tesla truck.

Musk’s blog solidifies the idea of a Tesla pickup. We can now anticipate in full faith the all-electric automaker will enter the consumer pickup segment. Details on the truck are basically nonexistence, though we’re betting Tesla’s pickup will mostly closely align with the Honda Ridgeline, a mid-sized, unibody offering.

Musk says the addition of a pickup and a compact SUV allows Tesla to “address most of the consumer market.” The sales of these new products would afford the automaker the ability for further expand its reach. Thanks where the semi trucks and buses come into play.

The blog section reads:

“In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”

We’ll have to wait for further details on Tesla’s commercial truck plans, but for now, excitement can grow knowing Tesla is indeed got an all-electric pickup on its drawing board.

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Growing Pains – The Tesla Autopilot Crashes And Our Autonomous Future

Growing Pains – The Tesla Autopilot Crashes And Our Autonomous Future

Unfortunate, tragic… but not unexpected

The past few weeks have not been kind to Tesla’s Autopilot feature. Three separate high-profile crashes involving the autonomous driving system have been reported since June 30th, including one fatality, raising serious questions about self-driving cars and their implementation on public roads. Are autonomous cars safe? Are regulators doing enough to protect the public? How will advances in self-driving technology be affected?

Well, I’m here to tell you the hard truth – what we’re witnessing now are the growing pains of our inevitable autonomous future.

Perhaps it’s crass to label a deadly car accident as part of the “growing pains” of technological progression, but the reality is any tech has the potential to be dangerous. Add in a few tons of metal traveling at highway speeds, and you raise the stakes. Of course, the fear mongers will be quick to point fingers and assign blame, but when considered logically, each of these three incidents are the unavoidable result of humanity’s perpetual experiment for a better tomorrow.

Basically, it’s like this – it was bound to happen, it’ll happen again, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

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Model X Customer Hits Tesla with Lemon Lawsuit

Model X Customer Hits Tesla with Lemon Lawsuit

Model X almost acts like it has been possessed at times and the autopilot feature forgets how to drive in the rain

The Tesla Model X has fallen under a lot of scrutiny lately. Tesla’s ambitious development goals initially delayed the launch of the Model X and has causes some pretty wild quality control issues. Even Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, has went so far as to say the company was overzealous in development of the all-electric SUV. Problems have ranged from autopilot malfunction to electric door malfunction, and let’s not forget the recall to replace the third-row seats due to a flaw in the locking mechanism for the seatback.

With that said, it comes as no surprise that a Model X owner from California – and his attorney Mark Anderson from Anderson, Ogilvie, & Brewer in San Francisco – have filed a lawsuit requesting full reimbursement of the $161,970 paid for the “Lemon” of a Model X. The car’s owner, Barret Lyon, claims that the doors have slammed shut on him and his wife unexpectedly and that the autopilot system is extremely dangerous in the rain and will veer from lane to lane. Furthermore, Lyon claims that the powered front doors tend to open into other vehicles, the touchscreen display freezes completely, the second row seat will cause the driver’s seat to fold forward, and that the auto park feature doesn’t work 90 percent of the time.

In all fairness, Lyon also owns a handmade Tesla Roadster and an early-edition Model S, both of which he claims to have given him no problems at all. When speaking of the Model X, Lyon said: “It’s become clear to me that the car wasn’t ready for consumers. The service center is completely unprepared for the kind of problems they’re having.”

Considering Tesla has been unable to diagnose and repair the problems, Lyon’s lawsuit is also seeking compensation for his registration fee, damages for break of warranty, California Lemon Violations, and all legal costs associated with the lawsuit.

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Tesla Model X P90D vs. Bentley Bentayga – The ultimate showdown: Video

Tesla Model X P90D vs. Bentley Bentayga – The ultimate showdown: Video

Which one wins this all-out battle?

The latest episode of Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head is quite the battle of braun. It’s the lightening quick Tesla Model X P90D pitted against Bentely’s newest model – the 600-horsepower, W-12 monster called the Bentayga. It’s certainly a fight for the ages… or at least in the high-end luxury SUV world.

A quick refresher on the contenders: The Bentley’s aforementioned W-12 produces a whopping 664 pound-feet of torque, which sends it down the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 117.1 mph after hitting 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Those are supercar numbers, mind you. The Tesla is equally impressive, with its dual electric motors making a combined 532 horsepower and a crazy 713 pound-feet of torque. And as we all know, electric vehicles make 100 percent of its torque at zero rpm. Both vehicles send power to all four wheels, making grip less of a factor.

The Bentayga’s gas-sucking engine makes up for the Tesla’s whisper-quiet demeanor with loud exhaust tones and quick shifts from its ZF eight-speed automatic. The Tesla, on the other hand, provides the ultimate luxury – the self-driving “autopilot” feature.

Though both vehicles have their talking points, one thing is for sure: the Tesla is fast. Motor Trend even pitted it against the well-renowned Alfa-Romeo 4C in a drag race – with another Alfa 4C on a flatbed trailer hitched to the Model X. If that’s not an impressive drag race, I don’t know what is.

So, before I spoil any of the results, be sure to watch the video in HD and full screen nodes. It’s 22 minutes you’ll enjoy.

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Tesla Model X Recalled To Replace Third-Row Seats

Tesla Model X Recalled To Replace Third-Row Seats

North American models tested fine before delivery, but are also being included in the recall

In a recent email sent out by Tesla customer service, it was announced that Tesla was issuing a voluntary safety recall related to the third seating row in the new Tesla Model X. The flaw involves the locking mechanism for the seat back, and the possibility that it could slip under extreme stress.

The recliner was supplied by an outside supplier and was found to be potentially defective during testing before the company began delivering the Model X in Europe. According to the email, Tesla claims to have conducted 15 tests for North American models prior to their delivery without any indication of failure. Despite the fact that North American models passed testing, and there have been no reported instances of failure, Tesla decided to issue the voluntary recall anyway.

It has been reported that Tesla has worked with its supplier to redesign the recliner mechanism, and is currently working on constructing new seatbacks for each affected vehicle. Service centers will contact affected parties in the near future to schedule the installation of a new seatback, and Tesla expects production of all replacement seatbacks to be done within the next five weeks, if not sooner. Tesla is advising current owners to continue using their Model X as they normally would, but to refrain from using the third row of seating until the recall can be performed.

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Tesla Takes German Supplier To Court Over Faulty Falcon Doors

Tesla Takes German Supplier To Court Over Faulty Falcon Doors

Electric car maker is also contesting Hoerbiger’s demands for compensation

Tesla is taking one of its former suppliers to court on allegations that it misrepresented its ability to design the falcon doors on the Model X SUV, forcing the electric car maker to make an 11th hour change in suppliers. According to the lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, the prototype doors that German parts supplier Hoerbiger were all defective to the point that they either leaked oil or produced excessive heat. The company’s failure to provide a working prototype from February 2014 to May 2015 that met Tesla’s engineering standards compelled the automaker to effectively cut ties with the supplier.

Tesla’s lawsuit is also challenging demands by Hoerbiger to be paid $3 million for services rendered. But, the automaker is challenging that it doesn’t owe the German parts supplier anything since the latter didn’t hold up to its end of the agreement. Instead, Tesla is asking the court to junk Hoerbiger’s claims and pay for damages and attorney fees that the automaker would incur with the lawsuit.

Since the falcon wing doors are one of the highlight pieces of the Model X, the problems Tesla had with its supplier forced the company to delay the launch of the electric SUV several times. Production was supposed to start in late 2013 but that has already been moved a couple of times, most recently in the latter part of 2015.

Fortunately for Tesla, production of the Model X has already begun and, according to the company, the daily production rate in the last week of the year was 238 Model X vehicles per week.”

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2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X

After years of delays and rampant speculation, it’s finally official – the Model X has arrived. In a live event at the company’s factory in Fremont, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk personally handed out keys to the first models off the production line, detailing the vehicle’s features and capabilities along the way. The Model X is framed as an uber-safe, uber-clean, semi-autonomous, highly practical, all-electric long-range SUV capable of embarrassing hardcore sports cars in a speed contest. That’s a lot to chew on, even for the most disruptive automaker on the block.

Unlike Tesla’s first model, the Lotus Elise-based Roadster, the Model X was built totally in-house using the existing Model S platform. However, unlike the sedan, this SUV can sit up to seven passengers and carry an attic’s worth of stuff, all while going 250 miles in a charge and hitting 60 mph quick enough to make you see plaid.

Sounds wild, doesn’t it? Read on to see exactly what I mean.

Updated 11/24/2015: An official Tesla Model X configurator confirms that the electric SUV will be priced from $80k - before any incentives and not including $1,200 destination fees. If you will opt for the six seats pack you will have to pay an extra $3k, while the Autopilot function adds $2,5k to the final cost. Other options include a $4,5k premium package, a $2,5k premium sound system and a $1k subzero weather package.

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Are Tesla Model X's Papillon Doors Worth It?

Are Tesla Model X’s Papillon Doors Worth It?

The 2016 Tesla Model X is one of those cars that can’t seem to escape the headlines. For one reason or another, Tesla’s new but still unreleased model attracts attention, even if it’s not purposely trying to get it. Take for example a recent video taken by two people who happened to see a Model X test mule in an open parking space. Lucky for them, they were able to record the Model X at the exact time one of its falcon doors opened. From there, they also see the driver of the Model X hop into the car, only to step out again just to close the latch of the falcon doors.

It was a curious sight to see, to say the least. More importantly, seeing the whole thing raised an all-important question about the Model X’s falcon doors: are they worth it?

Answering that is a little tricky because it puts creativity and practicality at a cross roads. Are those doors cool enough as they are that Tesla should definitely use them in the production model, or are they nothing more than showpieces that have no place in the production version of the Model X?

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Refer 10 New Buyers In A Region And Get A Free Tesla Model X

Refer 10 New Buyers In A Region And Get A Free Tesla Model X

Believe it or not, it costs nearly $2,000 for Tesla to sell a 2015 Tesla Model S out of any one of its showrooms. Online sales inevitably come at a much lower price, so Tesla has decided to pass on the savings from online sales on to its customers through an experimental referral program. Current Model S owners can hand out a referral link to any of their friends. If a sale is generated through the link, the current owner and new customer get a $1,000 credit toward a new Model S. If the current owner isn’t looking to purchase a new Model S, he can use the credit toward service or accessories for the one he already owns. So, what if you have more than one friend interested in buying a Tesla? Well, if you have five or 10, the incentives get even better.

Any Model S owner who generates five online sales through his referral link gets a tour of Tesla’s Gigafactory, and 10 referrals gets him a $20,000 credit toward a Founder’s Series Model X. The program doesn’t stop there either. The first owner in each region to hit 10 successful referrals gets a brand new, fully-loaded 2016 Tesla Model X for free. Currently, the referral program is set to expire on October 31, 2015, but if it is successful, Musk may continue the program and potentially extend it to used models as well.

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