Tesla has updated the Model S performance figures, now registering acceleration from 0 to 60 mph less than that of many supercars.
The Tesla Model S is now able to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds officially; a small change that involves overtaking some of the most recognizable names in the industry.
In fact, many users of Tesla’s most powerful models (the Performance) have been proving for years that it is possible to beat the official figure of 2.5 seconds at 0-60 mph. Some have even managed to stop the clock in 2.28 seconds.
The problem when we talk about acceleration is that it is a figure that depends on many factors outside the car. From the weather conditions to the chosen tires, or even the driver’s own prowess, all those variables cannot be copied exactly. That is why Tesla, and all manufacturers, usually approve somewhat higher figures than what is possible with their cars.
Model S is now faster
Now Tesla has decided to update the acceleration figure, staying at 2.3 seconds; It may not seem like a big difference, but that means that, at least officially, the Model S is quicker to pull out than many supercars.
This update assumes that the Model S is already faster than models such as the Lamborguini Aventador SVJ, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, or the Ferrari LaFerrari; All of these are supercars that cost an arm and leg, but at least in this respect, they cannot beat a much cheaper “simple” electric car.
Of course, all this is thanks to the very characteristics of an electric motor, which allows you to provide all the torque and all the power instantly; unlike a combustion engine, which only provides the best figures in a certain range of revolutions. This immediate power input to the wheels compensates for the Tesla’s shortcomings, such as its increased weight and height.
These figures should make the greatest fear; With such technology in a sporty format, the new Tesla Roadster may well become the fastest car in the world.
How Tesla’s have improved
What is not so clear is why Tesla has updated the figures. It may be the result of the latest software update, which adds the “leopard mode” : the car is able to lower the front suspension to get better traction at the start. It shouldn’t be a big difference, but it should be enough to scratch a few tenths.
Another possibility is that the latest Model S manufactured have small hardware improvements, not enough to justify a new model. Finally, there may be no real changes, and Tesla has simply done new acceleration tests and these have given better results for the reasons we have discussed before.
Be that as it may, the Model S is officially faster.