First Reactions to the Tesla P90D with Ludicrous Mode

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Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous mode [Source:]

The new Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous mode is beginning to find its way onto the nation’s streets and the lucky few who have experienced driving one are posting their reactions online.

The old “king of the hill”, the P85D in Insane mode, could hit 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. But the general feeling was that the car was insane with notable acceleration only up to about 30 miles per hour. After that, the acceleration was only stunning. Ho hum.

[WATCH] Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous Mode Launch Reactions

No such worries driving the P90D with Ludicrous mode, which blasts its way to 60 mph in a mind numbing 2.8 seconds. As Elon Musk likes to say, the car accelerates faster than if you dropped it nose down out of an airplane. Here’s what one lucky P90D owner enzo32ferrari has to say about his experience with Ludicrous mode:

This was at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Tesla showroom. I noticed a slight difference between the P85D’s Insane Mode and P90D’s Ludicrous Mode; while both definitely pin you to your seat at launch, the P85D’s effect seems to taper off before you get to 60 mph and the whole sensation of being pushed back in your seat is negligible as it hits and passes 60 mph.


Ludicrous mode, the sensation of being pinned to your seat is stronger; I was in the passenger seat when the Tesla rep launched it; my stomach felt as if I was going on a straight drop on a roller coaster and my vision seemed to grey out for a bit …


Not only are you pinned at the initial launch, you are still pinned to your seat as the speed approaches near 60, at 60, and well into the ~70 mph range …

Ludicrous-enabled Model S P90D [Source: USAFsparky via TMC]

Ludicrous-enabled Model S P90D [Source: USAFsparky via TMC]

Here’s another report on the Tesla Motors Club forum from USAFsparky:

The P85D is definitely INSANE 0-30 MPH then the pull drops off considerably…..It’s still unlike any Sedan on the road today…..EXCEPT the P90D. I wasn’t sure what the difference would be or if one could really quantify it – BUT you can.


The pull off the line is greater than 1G now and its all the way through 60 MPH. Seriously, its all you can do to hang on to the wheel and keep your eyes open. I recommend making sure your seat is where you want it because that force will push you back in the cracks of your seat. The first time I hit 75 MPH, I had to let off and just pull over and think about what just happened. I should have eaten breakfast first because I was a little nauseous after the first run and the fact that I was still getting the blood circulation back to my face said a lot.


I can only compare the feeling to a very serious amusement park ride where you just have to sit for a minute and get yourself back together. I think the passenger’s perspective will be different since they are just along for the ride and wont know what to expect and that is what is just LUDICROUSLY going to be the fun part. Going to get a few friends together for a trip to the store……LOL

Several reports mention the blurred vision syndrome. Owners might need to get a clean bill of health from their cardiologist before strapping into one of these things. Notice that only cars equipped with Ludicrous mode have the bar under the logo on the rear.

Look for a flood of videos featuring the P90D with Ludicrous mode to start appearing very soon — probably by the time you read this!

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